Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz took to Twitter on Thursday morning to argue that his comments on the Senate floor were being misconstrued after his defense of Donald Trump during the impeachment trial was widely derided.
It didn't go well.
Defending Donald Trump, Dershowitz claimed, "Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest," he said. "And if a president does something, which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment."
Despite that quote being broadcast to the entire country -- where it was widely derided -- the attorney now claims, "Taking advantage of the fact most of their viewers didn’t actually hear the senate Q and A, CNN, MSNBC and some other media willfully distorted my answers. More to Come," before adding, "They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the national interest, he can do anything. I said nothing like that, as anyone who actually heard what I said can attest."
Twitter users begged to differ. See below:
They characterized my argument as if I had said that if a president believes that his re-election was in the natio… https://t.co/u1v4tJOwbs— Alan Dershowitz (@Alan Dershowitz)1580395502.0
@AlanDersh You said exactly that. https://t.co/GxlaAZixvR— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman))))1580395729.0
@AlanDersh We played the video. You’re starting to reverse yourself hourly rather than just every few years.— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig)1580395543.0
@AlanDersh The walk-back begins!— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade)1580395775.0
@AlanDersh Stop pretending it’s the 1950’s. News is real time. The whole world watched those words fall from your m… https://t.co/XQpC1cMbqR— 🦋🌊Shakey Shell🌊🦋🇳🇿 (@🦋🌊Shakey Shell🌊🦋🇳🇿)1580397265.0
@AlanDersh Nope. I heard, real time, EXACTLY what you said. You exonerated any sitting president of any thing const… https://t.co/rd6U5Lm4Lr— My soap box is purple (@My soap box is purple)1580397044.0
@AlanDersh .. How are they "distorting" your answers when they're quoting you directly? Wow you're a horrible lawyer.— 💙Miss Manda💙 (@💙Miss Manda💙)1580397505.0
@AlanDersh I watched it all. You absolutely said it.— Dara Doctor of the Law Does Deep State (@Dara Doctor of the Law Does Deep State)1580396399.0
@AlanDersh You're a liar, a perv, and a comical carnival barker. But at lease you also suck at being a lawyer.— Cheri Jacobus (@Cheri Jacobus)1580396108.0
@AlanDersh Actually it’s even worse you said If Anyone running for public office believes their winning is in the… https://t.co/zaz9wA3LJF— Thankyou4votingBlue (@Thankyou4votingBlue)1580397040.0
@AlanDersh Here is the video, @AlanDersh. What part of your answer are you now denying? https://t.co/yXII7YmFqb— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade)1580396155.0
@AlanDersh I tuned in. You and the rest of President Trump/@realDonaldTrump Team made the House Managers look less… https://t.co/yiyHAGVKFi— Leslie Eastman (@Leslie Eastman)1580396098.0
@AlanDersh That's totally insulting. As insulting to our country as your words yesterday. Americans are watching… https://t.co/vPOZEAerdM— B Didier (@B Didier)1580396977.0