Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

Trump Continues His War on Journalists

Even as Jamal Khashoggi’s likely murder commands headlines, the president is dehumanizing journalists on the campaign trail and priming his base for more assaults on the First Amendment.

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Trump speaks to media before boarding Air Force One on October 18, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on his way to Montana. O n Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to the White House, where he briefed President Donald J. Trump on his meetings with Saudi and Turkish officials about the likely murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi, a critic of both Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was reportedly tortured, dismembered, and killed by a 15-man team at the direction of Saudi officials. After the secretary of state departed the White House, where he said he urged the president to give the Saudis a little more time to conduct their own investigation of the “incident surrounding Mr. Khashoggi,” as Pompeo called it, Trump boarded his plane for a campaign rally in Montana, where he lauded U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte for having assaulted a reporter during the 2016...

Trump Signals Journalists Are Fair Game

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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Trump and Jared Kushner on October 1, 2018 I t should come as little surprise, I suppose, that a president who routinely demeans the press and has contempt for First Amendment demonstrations should have nothing bad to say about a regime that allegedly tortured and executed, inside its own consulate, a journalist living in exile. Never mind that the agents of that regime who are believed to have murdered the journalist also reportedly dismembered his body, and spirited it out of the diplomatic compound. If you think the case of Jamal Khashoggi is simply a Saudi thing, think again. His suspected murder, which allegedly took place in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, could not have been carried out without the approval of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman—the very same crown prince who pals around with Jared Kushner, President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law, and who rules a country whose investments in the Trump and Kushner businesses have...

Trump and McConnell Take Gaslighting to New Level in Kavanaugh Confirmation Fight

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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Rochester, Minnesota, on October 4, 2018. T he confirmation process for President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, continues to be a significant test of the U.S. form of government, and a display of high drama. Washington, D.C., was only on its third cup of coffee when the presidential tweet hit: “The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” wrote Trump. “Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers .” He was speaking, of course, of the sexual assault survivors—mostly women—who have been following the example set by Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher when they famously confronted Republican Senator Jeff Flake by holding his elevator door open and imploring him to consider the experiences of those who...

Trump and Kavanaugh: Sexualized Dominance and Executive Power

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(Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA via AP Images) President Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on July 9, 2018, at the White House. I t should come as no surprise, I suppose, that a man nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States—a man who would be a justice for another 40 years, perhaps—by the pussy-grabber-in-chief now stands accused of sexual assault himself. Both Donald Trump and his nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, share that sense of entitlement that tells men of a certain sort that the world is their oyster, as it were—there for the grabbing. It’s quite likely that the reason Trump nominated Kavanaugh went beyond the judge’s box-checking right-wing positions on regulation and reproductive rights, and was an obvious calculation regarding the consequential outcome of a particular criminal investigation. The real potential jackpot in having Kavanaugh on the court lay in his expansive view of executive power and privilege. That kind of investment in the...

I Know Why Sexually Assaulted Women Resist Coming Forward; I’ve Been There

AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. A t first glance, the willingness of the Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee to call a hastily organized hearing on Monday to examine allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that she was sexual assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may look like an attempt at fairness, but it’s not. In fact, it demonstrates several of many reasons that women often don’t come forward after being the target of sexual assault or misconduct. The fact that the committee refuses to allow an investigation of Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh attacked her sexually at a party when they were both in high school—whether by the FBI or another neutral entity with expertise in the examination of sexual assault allegations—shows that the committee Chairman Charles Grassley is more interested in quickly dispensing with Ford’s allegation...

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