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Alan Dershowitz: American Leadership Growing More Polarized

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 Alan Dershowitz attends Hulu Presents 'Triumph's Election Special' produced by Funny Or Die at NEP Studios on February 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Hulu)

By    |   Saturday, 19 Nov 2016 08:15 PM

Famed civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz said Saturday that the nation's political leaders are becoming more polarized because of "the right moving more right and the left moving more left."

"The vital center is being eliminated," Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor emeritus, told Michael Smerconish on CNN.

He cited, for example, that the Democratic Party is responding to the Republican's sweep in last week's elections by pushing to appoint Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Ellison, 53, became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006.

He once identified with Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam — and in 1998 referred to himself as Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammed, according to news reports.

In 1989, Ellison had defended Farrakhan against charges of anti-Semitism. In 1990, he called affirmative action a "sneaky" form of compensation for slavery, instead calling for reparations for African Americans.

He has since distanced himself from Farrakhan, but in 2007, Ellison compared President George W. Bush and 9/11 to Adolf Hitler and the 1933 Reichstag fire, Fox News reports.

The congressman later clarified his remarks.

"If the Democrats think that's the way to win elections, they're making a terrible mistake," Dershowitz said of Ellison at the DNC's helm. "I think those of us in the center — I'm a center liberal, there are center conservatives.

"We're the ones who are being squeezed out by the movement of the right to the alt-right, the movement of the left to the extreme radical left.

"We need to see a coalition building to move us more to the center, the vibrant center, which is what America has always been about."

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Famed civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz said Saturday that the nation's political leaders are becoming more polarized because the right moving more right and the left moving more left.
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