Conservative lawyer Alan Dershowitz rips into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying she's "crossed the line from radicalism to anti-Americanism and anti-decency" in his upcoming book. Radar obtained an exclusive excerpt from Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives, and Universities in which he slams AOC on a number of things including her campaign to “defund the police."
"This is what her most recent ad, From: Ocasio Cortez via Jacobin, says: 'Right now, most major cities in America are channeling huge war chests of money into police departments,'" Dershowitz points out which he writes is a "blatant falsehood." Stating that policemen and women suffer from “extremely low pay,” the author insinuates AOC's "defund the police" stance is actually more harmful than beneficial.
"Law enforcement needs more funding, not defunding," Dershowitz argues while pointing out that more funding "would pay for better police training, better non-lethal weapons, better community policing and better protection for vulnerable victims, many of whom live in minority communities."
He also reminds everyone that police are at the frontlines risking their lives for civilians every day. Writing that AOC and her fellow "revolutionaries" believe that "today’s world is 'based on racist, violent policing,'" Dershowitz says this kind of mentality "paints with far too broad a brush."
The writer then brings up the controversial subject surrounding Breonna Taylor's death.
Taylor was a 26-year-old African-American woman who was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment on March 13, 2020, by plainclothed officers. Her death sparked outrage in the nation.
"They [police] are not murderers, as AOC characterizes them, calling the tragic death of Breonna Taylor a 'murder,' despite evidence that the police fired in response to a shot from her boyfriend that hit and nearly killed an officer" is dangerous "bigotry" against law enforcement and "should be condemned by all decent people."
Dershowitz also calls out AOC for backing out of Yitzhak Rabin's memorial event in September 2020. Signifying she fails to practice what she preaches, the conservative lawyer said she had the chance to "educate" herself and "join in honoring "Israel’s peace martyr [Rabin]," but she instead made the " cowardly decision not to stand up to antiSemitic, anti-Israel bigotry."
The Liberal politician pulled out of the memorial after accepting the invitation because, as Dershowitz states it, she felt "pressured by virulent anti-Zionists, who believe that Israel has no right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people."
Noting that AOC has been "deliberately vague" on her position with Israel, he says she seemed to show her stance through her actions. "It now seems evidently clear that she does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and to live in peace as the nation-state of the Jewish people. If she did, she would not have refused to attend the pro-peace memorial to Rabin," Dershowitz writes.
And just to nail the screw in the coffin and make sure there is no mixup, Alan Dershowitz ends his thoughts on AOC by stating she "has now crossed the line from radicalism to bigotry, from extremism to intolerance, and from ignorance to willful mendacity." He adds, "AOC is no longer a friend of liberalism, of mainstream Judaism, or of basic decency. She is an enemy whose bigotry must be confronted at every turn and whose lies must be responded to with truth."
Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives, and Universities is available for purchase on April 20.