Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday that liberals should not treat Antifa members as heroes for tearing down Confederate monuments because they are trying to “tear down America.”
“Do not glorify the violent people who are now tearing down the statues. Many of these people, not all of them, many of these people are trying to tear down America. Antifa is a radical, anti-America, anti-free market, communist, socialist, hard left sensorial organization that tries to stop speakers on campuses from speaking,” Dershowitz said on “Fox & Friends”
“They use violence. Just because they are opposed to fascism and to some of these monuments, should not make them heroes of the liberals,” he added.
Dershowitz warned there is a danger to tearing down these monuments because it creates a slippery slope regarding what is acceptable and what is not.
“Of course there is a danger of going too far,” Dershowitz said. “There is a danger of removing [George] Washington and [Thomas] Jefferson and other Founding Fathers who themselves owned slaves.”
He compared the movement to remove Confederate monuments to Josef Stalin, and accused the agitators of trying to rewrite history.
“The idea of willy nilly going through and doing what Stalin did, just erasing history and rewriting it to serve current purposes does pose a danger. And it poses a danger of education malpractice,” Dershowitz said.
The professor added that both sides of the aisle have a responsibility to condemn the extremes that occur on their particular point of the political spectrum.
“I’m a liberal, and I think it’s the obligation of liberals to speak out against the hard left radicals, just like it’s the obligation of conservatives to speak out against the extremism of the hard right,” Dershowitz concluded.
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