Alan Dershowitz: Waters' Comments ‘Borrowed’ from ‘Playbook of Ku Klux Klan’
Harvard law professor slams Democrat's 'confrontational' comments
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz blasted far-left Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ comments urging Black Lives Matter rioters to “get more confrontational” if officer Derek Chauvin was found not guilty in George Floyd’s death.
Dershowitz claimed Waters' comments were straight out of the KKK’s “playbook.”
“You know, when you think about the irony of what Congresswoman Waters did, she borrowed the playbook of the Ku Klux Klan from the 1920s and 1930s," Dershowitz said.
"They would stand outside of courtrooms, and they would threaten violence if any jury would ever acquit a black person or convict a white person,” he explained.
“Now we’re seeing exactly the opposite. We’re seeing mobs outside the courthouse, and we’re seeing members of Congress, just like the Klan had governors and senators and very prominent public officials, demanding verdicts in particular cases."
"And now we have a member of Congress demanding a verdict in a case.”
The professor said the judge in the case should have issued a mistrial over Waters’ comments.
But the judge allowed the appellate court to make that decision, which was due to the public’s reaction.
“…if he declared a mistrial, there’d be riots in the streets, and he’d be blamed for it."
"The true blame would be on Waters, but he would be blamed for it,” the professor explained.
Dershowitz suggested Waters was attempting to influence the jury.
“Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury: ‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses,” he explained, as Newsweek reported.
“We will attack you. We will do what happened to the witness—blood on their door.'”
“This is a very close case on what degree of homicide is involved if the jury gets beyond the issue of causation,” he said.
“This is not a simple case of looking at a video. There’s causation, issues of intent, and other issues in the case that the judge instructed the jury on.”
Kevin McCarthy introduced a resolution to censure Waters for her reckless comments.
But House Democrats blocked McCarthy’s resolution.
Waters dismissed the resolution as just “politics.”
Asked by CNN if she regretted the vote coming from her controversial remarks, she said, “No.”