Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect

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Trump Victory Exposes Weakness in Liberal Political Infrastructure

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AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers make phone calls to prospective supporters reminding them to vote from Clinton's campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. A s the dust settles with the terrible news of the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency, there will be no shortage of analysis of just how the reality show king pulled it off, what with his lean campaign staff and ostensible lack of ground game. Most will likely be wrong. It was not Trump’s mastery of the media alone that won him the big prize, nor did he lack ground game. Trump’s triumph is as much the product of a political infrastructure built by right-wing operatives over the course of the last 40 years as it is the candidate’s prowess at manipulating the press. Liberals and the left have no comparable political infrastructure, and left-wing donors have shown little interest in building one. And so we have President-elect Trump, the...

How the Anti-choice Movement Paved the Way for Trump

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(Photo: AP/Tamir Kalifa) Anti-abortion rights supporter Katherine Aguilar prays at the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas, on July 12, 2013. I n a stunning stunning piece titled “From Roe to Trump” in Wednesday’s New York Times , columnist Ross Douthat serves up a revisionist history of the anti-choice movement, holding up its alleged pacifism as the rationale for conservative opposition to the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump. There are plenty of reasons for anyone of any political stripe to oppose Trump, but to accept Douthat’s premise of the anti-choice movement as some Peaceable Kingdom of Fetus Protectors is to live in Upside-Down Land. For, if any cultural movement paved the way for Trump, it is the one that seeks to deprive women of agency over their own bodies. Douthat does a neat trick of trying to separate what he calls the “mainstream pro-life movement” and the anti-choice extremists who incite with violent rhetoric those who do physical violence. I’ve sat at...

Trump Surrogate Gingrich Slut-Shames Megyn Kelly

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AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally, Monday, September 19, 2016, in Ft. Myers, Florida. W hen, as a campaign surrogate and once-powerful white man, you answer allegations that your candidate may be a sexual predator with a sex-laced attack on your female interviewer, you’re probably a misogynist. A desperate misogynist. That’s what former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is looking like this morning. During a Tuesday discussion of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s sinking poll numbers, Gingrich accused Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly of being “fascinated with sex” when she dared to mention that Trump’s fortunes began falling after the now infamous Access Hollywood video, featuring Trump boasting about his self-proclaimed prerogative to sexually assault women, became public on October 7, and nearly a dozen women came forward to allege that Trump had either assaulted...

Rationalizing Trump

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Ann Coulter gestures while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, February 10, 2012. In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! By Ann Coulter Sentinel This article appears in the Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . A nn Coulter was alt-right before the alt-right was a thing. Always one to sense a trend in the right’s rumblings and ride it on the wings of outrage and outrageousness, Coulter, in her latest book, In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! , is eager to prove all of that, and then some. But for a moment there, her book launch was off to a rocky start. A slender volume of repetitious invective against non-white immigrants, In Trump We Trust bases its case for the candidacy of the reality-show star and real-estate player almost solely on his promise to deport all undocumented immigrants, and to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Then, the week in which Coulter was...

Prepare to Be Triggered: Sexual Assault Survivors Gird Themselves for Debate

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(Photo: AP/Richard Drew) Women protest Donald Trump and the GOP in front of Trump Tower in New York on October 18, 2016. I f the second presidential debate of the 2016 campaign season was tough to watch for those who have been sexually assaulted, tonight’s debate in Las Vegas between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be one epic trigger. The October 9 debate, which took place two days after the Republican presidential nominee was revealed to have boasted in 2005—in the crudest of terms—about grabbing random women by their genitals, would have been hard to watch under any circumstances. Trump compounded the difficulty with a pre-debate stunt featuring women who accuse former President Bill Clinton of sexual transgressions (including rape), and one rape survivor who accuses Hillary Clinton of callous behavior in Clinton’s 1975 legal defense of the alleged perpetrator, who was convicted of a lesser charge. As brutal as that all was to take in, tonight’s installment in the three-...