'A Classic Anti-Semite': Dershowitz Says 'All Decent People' Must Condemn Farrakhan
Farrakhan tweets video calling Jews 'termites'
Harvard Law professor and longtime Democrat Alan Dershowitz blasted Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan Thursday, calling on "all decent people" to condemn him after his most recent anti-Semitic comments.
At an event in Detroit, Farrakhan pushed back on those who say he's anti-Semitic by labeling Jews as "termites."
"So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know what they do, call me an anti-Semite, stop it. I’m anti-termite. I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference," he said.
I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
His official Twitter account posted the clip, causing an outcry and calls for Twitter to suspend his account for violating the platform's standards. Twitter, however, declined to do so.
Dershowitz said Farrakhan is a "classic anti-Semite" and using the word "termite" is actually right out of the Nazis' playbook.
"Nazis use the word 'termites' to dehumanize Jews and accuse them of destroying everything good about the world," he explained on "Fox & Friends."
Dershowitz praised some on the left, like Chelsea Clinton, for speaking out against Farrakhan, but said "all decent people" should so the same.
"These folks have a special obligation," he remarked, recalling Barack Obama once attending the Million Man March and Bill Clinton sitting next to Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin's funeral.
Steve Doocy asked why all Democrats will not speak out against Farrakhan in light of his persistent anti-Semitism.
"There's a fear of losing the base. There are many voters in some parts of the country, followers of Farrakhan, who could become swing voters," said Dershowitz, also criticizing Republicans for failing to condemn some members of the alt-right.