reported that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) alleged in a speech that there were "twelve" Harvard Law School professors who "believed in the overthrow of the U.S. government" when he was a student there from 1992 to 1995. Yesterday, Mayer wrote that Cruz reaffirmed his statements through a spokesman. Mayer (who discussed Cruz's McCarthyite tactics with Rachel Maddow) cited Charles Fried, a Harvard law professor and former Reagan administration official, as among those who take issue with Cruz's charges:
[Cruz] spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Blaze website that the “substantive point” in Cruz’s charge, made in a speech in 2010, “was absolutely correct.”
She went on to explain that “the Harvard Law School faculty included numerous self-described proponents of ‘critical legal studies’—a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism—and they far outnumbered Republicans.” As my story noted, the Critical Legal Studies group consisted of left-leaning professors like Duncan Kennedy, who is a social democrat, not a Communist, and has never “believed in the overthrow of the U.S. Government.”
Among those who have taken issue with Cruz’s castigation of the Harvard Law School faculty are his former law professor, Charles Fried, who is a well-known Republican and former Solicitor General to Ronald Reagan. In his 2010 speech, Cruz had said there was only “one” Republican on the faculty, but his former professor, Fried, told The New Yorker there were at least four, including himself. A spokesman for Harvard Law School, Robb London, also described the school as “puzzled” by Cruz’s allegations.