Dershowitz believes Liz Cheney will become a Democrat and run against Trump

Famed law professor also applauded judge’s decision not to label a Jan. 6 defendant as a terrorist to enhance his punishment.

Updated: August 2, 2022 - 12:04pm

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Longtime Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says he believes that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) may switch political parties and run as a Democrat against former President Donald Trump. 

“I think, as a Democrat, I think she will join the Democratic Party, and maybe even run for office as a Democrat,” Dershowitz told the “Just the News, Not Noise” TV show on Monday after discussing the controversy surrounding the National Guard not being called on Jan. 6. 

Host John Solomon pointed out that Cheney's father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, called on troops as defense secretary to help quell unrest during the Rodney King protests back in 1992 but only after local officials requested the help.

"Her father was a very, very different person, and children should not be held responsible for their parents or parents with their job," Dershowitz said. 

Dershowitz also praised the decision by a federal judge not to label a Jan. 6 defendant as a terrorist to enhance his punishment as the Justice Department asked.

"It was the right decision," Dershowitz stated. "He's not a terrorist. He's a protester. And he went too far and carried a gun. He didn't go into the Capitol. Interestingly enough, that's not what he was indicted for. He was indicted for essentially provoking others to violence.”

Dershowitz went on to discuss a law student of his who was prevented from getting his law degree simply because he went to the Jan. 6 protest. 

"I have a final law school student who just went into the Capitol having been welcomed by the police and then left when they told him to go, and he's been indicted for a felony and prevented him from getting his law degree," said Dershowitz. "So we have to make distinctions between what the people did, who they were, and whether their actions are protected by the First Amendment."

Dershowitz is the author of the just-published “The Price of Principle: Why Integrity is Worth the Consequences," his 50th book.

"It tells a very personal story of what happens when you try to stick with your principles instead of being a partisan," he said.