Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect

Recent Articles

How Sexism, Like Matt Lauer’s, Could Imperil the Nation

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Democratic presidential candidate speaks with Matt Lauer at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York on September 7. I n what many believe to be the most important presidential election in a generation, the two major-party presidential candidates were held to very different standards in Wednesday night’s televised forum on national-security issues. As Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute tweeted , “Tough to be a woman running for president.” The forum, hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, was broadcast by NBC News and moderated by Matt Lauer, host of the Today show. The event was supposedly designed to explore the candidates’ potential in the role of commander-in-chief, and Lauer apparently felt compelled to demonstrate his hard-news chops by badgering Democrat Hillary Clinton about her personal email server while...

Is Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Strategy an Act of Genius?

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(Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) Hillary Clinton looks up to audience members as she leaves the campaign event in Reno, Nevada, on August 25. I t was a short speech delivered in a subdued tone. But nearly a week after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took to a stage in Nevada to lay out her opponent’s ties to the racist alt-right movement, the speech is still reverberating, and drawing analysis from all quarters. The sort of conservatives who deem themselves to be more respectable than Donald J. Trump, the bombastic Republican presidential nominee, fret that Clinton elevated the alt right, which they’d like to corral into the pen of a fringe movement . Others say she smeared the movement by calling it racist. The libertarian Reason magazine ran a headline accusing Clinton of, through her speech, recruiting for the alt right . And some liberals and progressives took issue with the strategy Clinton displayed in her address—that of differentiating Trump and his racism from the...

Donald Trump Has a Big Racist Problem -- Or Does He?

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AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, August 23, 2016. S oon after Donald Trump’s August 17 announcement of a new campaign leadership team came word that he would reconsider his position on creating a “deportation force” to remove undocumented immigrants, and make a concerted pitch to African Americans for their support. But Trump has a funny way of reaching out to non-white voters—for instance, dropping an ad last week showing hordes of brown people coming into the country and posing a threat to the nation’s security, telling African-Americans their lives are miserable , or hiring a campaign chief who presides over a website which “has become a haven for white nationalists,” according to journalist Sarah Posner . For her report at Mother Jones , Posner interviewed newly minted Trump campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon, who has taken a leave of absence from his position as chief executive...

Make No Mistake: The Koch Brothers Are Helping Donald Trump

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(Photo: Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP) Billionaire Charles Koch speaks in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas, in 2012. I t’s no secret that the Koch brothers really don’t like Donald Trump. In political media, much has been made of the fact that Charles and David Koch, the neo­libertarian principals of Koch Industries and overseers of a secretive network of deep-pocketed political donors, declined to dedicate the resources of the many advocacy organizations they have seeded in this year’s presidential contest. David Koch, a Republican Party delegate, even managed to miss attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. But don’t think for a minute that the super­-rich siblings, who together are worth some $82 billion, according to Forbes, aren’t helping Donald Trump. They may not wish to get all of that Trumpy dirt—the calls to violence, the obvious racism and misogyny, the invitation to Russia for cyber­espionage on his own country—on their manicured hands...

Trump Sets Course for Mayhem After Election

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(Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) Donald Trump waves to supporters at a campaign rally at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 9. I f Donald J. Trump can’t win the presidency, it seems he’s determined to go out with a bang. Win or lose, he’s determined to make his mark on America—even if the mark is drawn in bloodstains on the pavement. And should that happen, the supposedly upstanding party leaders who lined up behind him will be forever known as his enablers. Unless you live a life of quiet contemplation in some isolated locale, you surely know by now that Trump, the Republican nominee for the presidency, suggested on Tuesday that “Second Amendment people” could take matters into their own hands should his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the election and appoint justices to the Supreme Court. You might also know that Trump is suffering in the polls , and cannot bear to be out of the media limelight for a nanosecond. “Second Amendment people,” of course,...