Commenting on a picture of then-Senator Barack Obama smiling with the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan -- a picture suppressed since 2005 by the Congressional Black Caucus -- famed attorney and liberal Democrat Alan Dershowitz said if he had known of this picture, he never would have campaigned for Obama.
Dershowitz, the emeritus Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University and the author of 32 books, addedd that Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam, is a "horrible human being," and "you don't associate with a bigot ... there should be zero tolerance for that kind of bigotry."
Dershowitz, who has defended in court Claus von Bulow and O.J. Simpson, made his remarks during a Jan. 27 interview on Fox & Friends Weekend.
During the show, host Pete Hegseth asked Dershowitz, "“There’s a photo that has emerged recently from 2005, from the Congressional Black Caucus, it was buried – it’s a picture of then-Senator Obama with Louis Farrakhan in a photo that was taken then. But the photographer on [Tucker Carlson Tonight] said –"
Then Hegseth played a clip of photographer Aksia Muhammed, who took the photo back in 2005, explaining what happened.
"A staff member from the Black Caucus called me and said, ‘We have to have the picture back.’ And I was kind of taken aback…. The thought was, Minister Farrakhan and his reputation would hurt someone trying to win acceptance in the broad cross-section of people…. People who want that acceptability and crossover, you might say, can’t stand the inquisition that comes with being associated with Minister Farrakhan."
Hegseth then asked Dershowitz, “So, professor, why would Barack Obama not want a picture with Louis Farrakhan in the public?"
Dershowitz said, “Because Louis Farrakhan is a virulent anti-Semite. He’s called Judaism a gutter religion. He’s anti-American. He is a horrible, horrible human being."
"If I had known that the president had posed, smiling with him when he was a senator, I would not have campaigned for Barack Obama," said Dershowitz. "It would have influenced my decision."
He continued, “Look, I threatened to leave the Democratic Party if Keith Ellison were elected as [DNC] chairman because of his association with Farrakhan. You don’t associate with a bigot. You don’t associate with an anti-Semite. There should be zero tolerance for that kind of bigotry."
"If Barack Obama associated with him, if the [Congressional] Black Caucus invited him -- I don’t blame them for trying to suppress the truth because that’s a really horrible truth," said Dershowitz. "We should have nobody in public office associating with a bigot like the Reverend Farrakhan.”
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