Alan Dershowitz 'thrilled' about Musk's Twitter takeover

Harvard Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said he is "thrilled" with Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter and he thinks the Tesla CEO will protect free speech on the platform.
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Alan Dershowitz, New York City, 2017
Alan Dershowitz, New York City, 2017
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Harvard Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said he is "thrilled" with Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter and insisted the Tesla CEO will protect free speech on the platform.

The Trump impeachment attorney also applauded Special Council John Durham for his probe into the 2016 Clinton campaign during an interview with "Just the News – Not Noise" on Thursday.

Speaking about Musk's deal with Twitter, Dershowitz said, "I'm thrilled by this purchase."

He feels optimistic about the free flow of ideas with the platform under new ownership.

"I think it will open up Twitter to more free speech," he said, adding that he has an op-ed coming out on Thursday about it.

Dershowitz predicted that Musk "will follow the principles of the First Amendment for Twitter." This means that the platform would allow any speech that does not constitute active incitement to violence, child pornography, or other things not protected by the First Amendment.

"All the left wants – the hard left wants – is free speech for me, but not for thee. They're a bunch of hypocrites," he said.

Dershowitz went as far as saying, "Nazis have a right to be on Twitter," but added that "we have a right to answer them and we have a right to expose them as Nazis."

An ardent supporter of the First Amendment, he said, "That's what free speech is about."

"Just the News – Not Noise" co-host Amanda Head asked Dershowitz for his thoughts on the Durham investigation into the Clinton campaign.

"I think the most important thing is that Durham has enormous credibility," the former professor said. "He creates a barrier to the need for an independent counsel for those who say we need to appoint an independent counsel. The answer is we already have one. His name is Durham. He's very independent. He doesn't seem partisan."

Durham should be allowed to continue with his investigation, Dershowitz said, adding that the special counsel has "stood up against" partisan weaponization of the legal system.