“His politics were clear, principled, unwavering, and very intelligently presented.” ~ Alan Dershowitz on his former Harvard Law student, Ted Cruz.
Legendary liberal attorney and former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told FOX News’ Megyn Kelly that even though he’s received a “lot of heat,” he’s not going to rewrite history and paint Ted Cruz, who he taught at Harvard Law, in a negative light just to please his liberal friends.
“So you taught Ted Cruz when he was a young whipper-snapper. What was your impression of him,” Kelly asked the famous attorney.
“Well, he came into my class — literally his first day in law school — with his right hand up. Not his left hand, his right hand. And everything I said, he challenged me,” Dershowitz answered.
“He was one of the best students I ever had because a teacher loves to be challenged. I use the Socratic method — everything I said, he disagreed with. I was against the death penalty, he was in favor; I was in favor of the exclusionary rule, he was against it, and he made such brilliant arguments that I never had to play the devil’s advocate — he was there!”
Dershowitz explained that the former Princeton debate champion and Cruz’s best friend, his debate partner, “a black kid from Jamaica,” would set next to each other and tag-team the Harvard professor with questions. “It was just remarkable,” he remembered.
“His politics were clear, principled, unwavering, and very intelligently presented,” Dershowitz recalled.
“You’ve said that he was one of the smartest students you ever had. Was that true, or was it hyperbole?” Kelly asked.
“No, no, no, it’s true and, in fact, I got a lot of criticism from my friends on the left, saying, ‘Why are you saying that?’ I’m a professor — I have to tell the truth about my students, even if I disagree with their views — even if I’m not going to vote for him.
“I’m not going to change history and pretend that this brilliant student was anything but.”
In Ted Cruz’s book, A Time for Truth, Cruz referred to his former Harvard professor, who he affectionately refers to as “Dersh,” as someone who encouraged debate and being able to back up arguments with facts instead of just feelings.
“He loved argument and debate, and unlike many Ivy League academics I’ve encountered, he respected people with differing points of view,” Cruz wrote about Dershowitz. “He hated nothing more than liberals who reflexively agreed with him but couldn’t explain why. To Dersh, the worst thing a student could say to back up his point was ‘Well, I just feel that…'”
“Dershowitz pounced on such words,” Cruz explained. “‘Oh, you feel, do you?!’ he’d ask. ‘You’re emoting?! I thought you were in law school.'”