While distancing himself from President Donald Trump's "go back" comments against the progressive "squad," legal expert Alan Dershowitz added his own salvo on Newsmax TV, calling Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., "closed-minded bigots."
"What I care about is the bigoted views [Rep. Omar] expresses against America, against liberal values, against Israel, against Jews," Dershowitz told "Newsmax Now." "I think we have to look at her and her views. I don't want to get involved in any of the name calling or cultural attacks.
"I want to focus, take her seriously as an adult member of Congress, and look at her views. And her views are appalling, appalling, un-American, anti-Semitic, basically anti-liberal – just terrible."
Despite the sharp criticism, Dershowitz added to host John Bachman, Israel should not ban Rep. Omar or Rep. Tlaib from a planned trip to Israel, and we should challenge them to hear from "both sides," even if "they're not gonna learn anything," he said.
"These are close-minded bigots, but Israel should not play that same game," Dershowitz continued. "Israel should allow them to go. Allow them to go wherever they want to go. Allow them to express all their bigoted views.
". . . I think it would be a mistake for Israel to try to ban them."
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