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Dershowitz will play Trump in Clinton’s debate rehearsal, WNYC reports

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You probably have to summer on Martha’s Vineyard to find this amusing, but WNYC radio’s Richard Hake said Thursday that Hillary Clinton has lined up an appropriate stand-in in her debate training: Alan Dershowitz will play Donald Trump ahead of the first debate, on September 26 at Hofstra University. Hake:

The Clinton campaign has been looking for  surrogate to play Trump so she can practice and they are bringing in the well known criminal and constitutional law attorney Alan Dershowitz.

Update: Politico says Dershowitz says he has not been asked to play the role (surely picking up on our post without credit).

The cover of Alan Dershowitz's book "Chutzpah"

The cover of Alan Dershowitz’s book “Chutzpah”

Clinton supporter Mark Green, former public advocate for New York, responded that Alan Dershowitz was his law professor as a young man, and that he’s “quick talking, New Yorkish, loud– of course a liberal– and he can mimic Trump pretty well.”

I’m not so sure Dershowitz is a liberal. He just smacked Black Lives Matter down, and he’s an unregenerate supporter of human rights abuses in Palestine. But Mark Green is a big supporter of Israel and so is Dershowitz; and Dershowitz endorsed Green for Public Advocate in 2009. So everyone is happy.

Bringing in Dershowitz is yet another nod by Hillary Clinton, as if she needed to, to assure the Israel lobby that she’s in their corner. Dershowitz will live another day, or another year, on talk show invites for this service. We’ll never be rid of him.

Since posting, a couple of friends have pointed out to me that Dershowitz is perfectly prepared to play Trump. As David Samel observed:

Amusing? Yes.  Surprising? No.  I had been thinking about how Dersh is simply a more refined version of Trump.  Enormous ego, instinctive bully, excellent PR skills unencumbered by even a trace of conscience or integrity.  I would bet they’d hate each other because of, not despite, their similarities.

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  1. John O on August 20, 2016, 12:48 pm


  2. Keith on August 20, 2016, 3:29 pm

    PHIL- “…Alan Dershowitz will play Donald Trump ahead of the first debate, on September 26 at Hofstra University.”

    Birds of a feather flock together! What ties Alan Dershowitz, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump together? Jeffrey Epstein! Will they all party hearty after the debate?

    • jsinton on August 20, 2016, 5:52 pm

      They will all fly together and party with nice girls, pick up Prince Andrew in London, and gloat about what suckers the constituents are.

  3. on August 20, 2016, 4:05 pm

    While trying to sell my book — did I say? Malvern? — the NY Times approved my ($5000!) ad: “And You Thought Alan Dershowitz Was the Worst Thing About Harvard.” Genesis of ad: the Crimson had refused to sell the book. Anyway, guy at the Times said all I had to do was have “advertisement” somewhere in the ad, as well as a graphic of the book. Done. Send them the pdf file. Then the Times got back to me, turns out ad wasn’t acceptable after all. How about: “And You Thought Alan Dershowitz Was the Most Outrageous Thing About Harvard,” they asked. Uh, no.

    So then I went to — where else? — Yale. Their paper’s editor, Jeff Marsh, also gave me the okay. Told me when the ad would appear. Weeks later, seeing that the $280, I think it was, still hadn’t been withdrawn from my bank account, I contacted Marsh, asked if the ad ran. No, he replied. It was rejected. That was their polite way of informing me.

    Just think: we are living in a time when not only does Yale refuse to poke fun at Harvard, it refuses to poke fun at Alan Dershowitz! Is the fix in or what?

    So then I went to MIT, see if they’d take the ad. They wouldn’t. And the mumbo-jumbo explanation they gave was so preposterous I won’t even waste time on it. So that led to this ad:

    “Thirty years ago, MIT students pulled off one of the great college stunts, inflating a balloon midfield at a Yale-Harvard game….

    Today’s MIT would call it trespassing.”

    That ad ran in the Boston College newspaper, The Heights.

    Go Eagles!!!

    Oh — just remembered. Columbia Spectator accepted, and ran, Dershowitz ad. Sorry, but don’t know their mascot.

  4. amigo on August 20, 2016, 5:55 pm

    So the dersh is going to demean and insult Trump and then expect him to give his undying support to the state that dershowitz gives his loyalty to at the expense of the US.Can Trump be that boneheaded.Trump ought to be calling dersowits out in public for his traitorous disloyalty .

  5. jd65 on August 20, 2016, 7:14 pm


    One clown impersonating another, in the service of preparing a war criminal for the presidency of the U.S.A. You can’t make this stuff up, people. Maybe I won’t regret leaving this world…

  6. inbound39 on August 20, 2016, 7:23 pm

    It can only undermine Hilary’s campaign by associating herself with someone as vile and contemptable as Dershowitz….even a rubbish bin would not associate itself with him.

  7. Blownaway on August 20, 2016, 10:17 pm

    the lessor of two evils is not Hillary it is Donald Trump. The only worry is that he will turn governing over to crazy pence. I can’t vote for neocon Hillary and her right wing neocon minions nor can I take a chance on pence so its Jill Stein. She won’t win but maybe if she gets enough votes the ruling elites will pay attention.

    • Eric on August 21, 2016, 9:16 am

      The Libertarians (Johnson/Weld) are polling better than Green yet seem similarly sensible, on foreign policy particularly. So that’s another option.

  8. Citizen on August 21, 2016, 4:37 am

    Depressing, like a never-ending tooth problem.

    • Eric on August 21, 2016, 9:18 am

      Like a tooth problem with no dental benefits plan at work. Remind me again why Canada can have a very good universal health system and the US cannot?

      • Citizen on August 21, 2016, 12:44 pm

        That’s my personal tooth problem as, being a typical senior citizen, I have no health plan covering the dental services I have needed. It’s ridiculous, and COSTLY. Remind me too, why Israel has a very good universal health system, but US does not, despite actual total cost of Israel to US of $40 Trillion plus millions of untimely American deaths. And another $40 Billion or more set to be gifted to Israel in direct foreign aid (plus interest?

      • Jon66 on August 21, 2016, 4:06 pm

        Do you have a link or evidence to support your $40 trillion figure as well as for millions of deaths?

      • inbound39 on August 22, 2016, 8:06 am

        Jon66. I shall stop you making a fool out of yourself as you regularly do. Citizen has left two links on different threads, both of which you have been on, that answers the question you repetitively ask. Just so you are aware the first time Citizen made the statement he included a link. Open your eyes.

      • Jon66 on August 22, 2016, 8:43 pm


        Did you read the link? It’s ludicrous. The majority of the expenses are due to the “preventable deaths” not prevented. As if the US needs to spend a higher percentage of GDP on healthcare. We are already the highest spender by far of comparable nations. No reputable person in the field of American healthcare economics believes that more money needs to be spent. Certainly spent in better ways, but not increased overall.

        I was hoping he had a link to a real source.

      • inbound39 on August 22, 2016, 10:04 pm

        The preventable deaths were those people from America who needlessly died fighting wars that were in Israel’s interest not Americas. AIPAC and Clinton supported the Iraq War and pushed it to happen because Israel said to. Other Politicians in America in the pay of AIPAC or other Pro Israel people like Saban and Adelson pushed for it. These people are nothing more than agents of Israel undermining the American Government. Trillions of dollars going to Israel to fund an illegitimate regime administering illegitimate policies. It was a real source jon66….be honest….what you saw made you squirm because Zionists like you cannot handle your truth and like to keep it hushed up.

  9. Boomer on August 21, 2016, 9:30 am

    You are correct: I don’t “summer” on “the Vineyard” (though I once had a boss who did) and I don’t find this amusing.

    It does, however, seem an appropriate, albeit unfortunate, choice:

    “The Vineyard” has high hopes for another Clinton administration:

  10. DaveS on August 21, 2016, 12:28 pm

    Finally, a Hillary decision I agree with. Dershowitz is the perfect Trump. He is one of the few prominent “intellectuals” who not only is a compulsive liar (though slightly more refined) but regularly fabricates surprising and unexpected new lies – exactly what Clinton should get ready to face in the real debate. Also, Dersh’s instinct to bully and demean with excessive hyperbole is virtually identical to Trump’s. If anyone can prepare Clinton for the unpredictable nastiness of Trump, it is Dersh. All he has to do is be himself and remove the thin veneer of respectability.

    I don’t think this choice will do anything to undermine her support or solidify her credentials with the Israel lobby. Those who would be disgusted by Dersh are already turned off by her association with people like Kissinger and Negroponte. As for the lobby, it needs no further assurances that she will slavishly stick to their prepared script.

    That being said, it certainly is amusing, and although I don’t “summer” there, I do love visiting the Vineyard.

  11. David Doppler on August 21, 2016, 3:06 pm

    Cognitive Dershonance is certainly a mainstay in Trump’s formula for attracting attention. Accusing Hillary of having allowed foreign governments to hack into her confidential state-department (and influence-peddling) emails would not have grabbed nearly so much attention as urging the Russians to hack them now in the present tense. The fact that the servers in question were long-since decommissioned and in the possession of the FBI – just more attention-grabbing dissonance.

    Given that she is deeply corrupt, and he is dangerously ill-suited for political power, we’re all looking at the third party candidates. But there’s a different option: elect then impeach. What Hillary did with her private servers, what the Clintons did to earn $250M since 2001 – mostly in speaking fees to those who would corrupt, can be viewed as the very definition of “treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.” This description of what is impeachable was a term of art in England at the time of the Revolution, and referred to just such forms of corruption of the power of office. It is hard to eradicate because those who would corrupt also use their corrupting skills and resources to influence those who are supposed to be policing them – and the ultimate corruptors become the deep state itself, as documented in David Talbot’s “The Devil’s Chessboard” about Allen Dulles and the CIA.

    Our constitution empowers Congress to remove the President, even though that means rank politics playing a role in a trial-like process. Where blind justice is supposed to rule the Justice Department and the Courts, impeachment by political process is provided as an additional political cure to bad government. She’s lied to the public and to Congress about her emails. She mishandled classified information and lied about that. She mixed her staff, and got State Department staff working to provide “constituent services” to Foundation donors. The public doesn’t trust her because she is corrupt. One of Trump’s chief appeals was also one of Bernie Sanders’ strengths, he is unwilling to recognize many of the taboos that protect the corrupting deep state. If all those dis-satisfied with the establishment in both parties could vote together, there would be an overwhelming majority. But that’s not a choice.

    Hillary is likely to win the election, and do so with all the support she’s earned from all the major lobbies – Israel, Pharmaceutical, Insurance, Banking – by corruptly serving their interests. So let’s elect her, shatter that glass ceiling, but vote Republican in the House and Senate. They have grounds for impeachment. They need two-thirds of the Senate to convict.

    Democratic President Tim Kaine with a Republican Congress – all supported by voters who voted in protest of the establishment – seems a better and more realistic choice than any of the third-party candidates, or the inevitable Clinton administration. I’d rather look forward to that, than to trying to parse how effective Dershowitz might be in prepping Hillary for the Donald.

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