Lawyer Alan Dershowitz Is Losing Weight On The 'Trump Diet' Because Liberal Friends Don't Invite Him For Dinner Anymore

Alan Dershowitz jokes he's lost 70 pounds on the "Trump Diet" because his liberal friends won't invite him over for dinner anymore. UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW

The famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz says he's lost seven pounds trying out a new nutritional regimen: "The Donald Trump Diet."

Dershowitz says he still considers himself a liberal, but most recently he's donned a scarlet letter for supporting President Donald Trump—which is hurting his social life and helping his waistline.

"None of my liberal friends invite me to dinner anymore,” he told The Washington Post. "Thanks to Donald Trump, I’ve lost seven pounds. I call it 'the Donald Trump diet.'”

RTR4K5GM Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz has become a darling child to some on the right and a wayward son to some on the left with what many view as his defense of President Donald Trump UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW

The Harvard Law School professor emeritus voted for President Barack Obama in both elections and donated the Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Lately, though, he's been seen by many on the left as a Trump defender. 

On Monday, Trump himself tweeted out a plug for Dershowitz, who was critical of the ongoing probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia last year. 

"A must watch: Legal Scholar Alan Dershowitz was just on @foxandfriends talking of what is going on with respect to the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. political history. Enjoy!"

It wasn't the first time Dershowitz has been lauded by Republicans. The conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh gave him an attaboy in June.

"I don’t know what has happened to Professor Dershowitz, but whatever it is, I like it," he said. "I’ve always admired Professor Dershowitz from the first time I met him in 1989."

Dershowitz has become a right-wing darling due to his controversial position that the president cannot be convicted of obstructing justice. 

On Monday's Fox and Friends segment, Dershowitz argued merely firing people like former FBI Director James Comey or former acting-Attorney General Sally Yates, or pardoning people as he so chooses, does not constitute obstruction of justice. By his understanding, anything short of paying hush money or actually destroying evidence is likely not enough for an obstruction charge. 

"For obstruction of justice by the president, you need clearly illegal acts," Dershowitz said on Fox.

"With Nixon, hush money paid, telling people to lie, destroying evidence. Even with Clinton, they said that he tried to influence potential witnesses not to tell the truth. But there’s never been a case in history where a president has been charged with obstruction of justice for merely exercising his constitutional authority," he added.  

Other legal scholars disagreed with Dershowitz's position.

"My retired former colleague seems proud of playing devil’s advocate here. But this is no game," Lawrence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, wrote on Twitter. "I think he should be deeply ashamed of helping legitimate the closest thing we have to the Devil Incarnate with so absurd and dangerous an argument."

Later that afternoon, Elie Mystal, an editor at the legal website Above the Law, published an op-ed titled, "Guys, I’m Worried About Alan Dershowitz."

"What he’s doing is so painful that I need to believe that he can come back," he wrote.

Dershowitz is not the first person to reveal a "Trump Effect" in his personal life. Therapists around the country say "they’ve been overwhelmed by the strong feelings triggered by one of the most divisive figures in modern political history," the Los Angeles Times reported in February. 

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