Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of his best students – even though the two don’t agree on much.
"He came into my class, literally his first day in law school with his right had up – not his left hand, his right hand," Dershowitz said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."
Cruz challenged his professor on everything, which made his job easier, Dershowitz said.
"I was against the death penalty, he's in favor. I was in favor of the exclusionary rule, he's against it," he said. "And he made such brilliant arguments that I never had to play the devil's advocate."
Cruz "was one of the best students I ever had," Dershowitz said.
Many of his liberal friends criticize him for praising the firebrand conservative, Dershowitz said, but he argues, "I have to tell the truth about my students, even if I disagree with their views – even if I'm not gonna vote for him. I'm not going to change history and pretend that this brilliant student was anything else."
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