Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is the winner of the 2017 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

Trump Is Not the Problem: He's the Figurehead

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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump speaks at Miramar Air Corps Station in San Diego on March 13, 2018. D on’t get me wrong—Donald J. Trump is a noxious gasbag, a flouter of the Constitution, and president of the United States. But he’s not the problem; he’s the symptom. Before Cambridge Analytica was plying its “psychographic” wizardry on Trump’s behalf, it did so for Ted Cruz , the U.S. senator from Texas and would-be U.S. president, and Ken Cuccinelli , the would-be governor of Virginia. Before Trump spoke of “my African American there” at a rally or tweeted out false statistics about black crime, Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted “You lie!” at a sitting U.S. president as he addressed a joint session of Congress. That president, of course, was Barack Obama, the nation’s first black commander-in-chief. You might recall that the source of Wilson’s ire was the prospect of free health care that he said Obama would deliver to undocumented immigrants, despite the president’s...

Selection of Pompeo Solidifies Trump’s Position with Koch Brothers

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Mike Pompeo arrives at the Capitol to brief members of the House Intelligence Committee on May 16, 2017. I ’ve long said that Donald J. Trump would remain U.S. president as long as the Koch brothers deemed it so. After all, the billionaire siblings and political pooh-bahs all but own the House of Representatives, being largely responsible for electing the Republican majority in 2010. In our system of government, any plausible effort to remove the president from office begins with the House, the only body that can issue articles of impeachment. In short, Trump needs the Koch brothers in his corner if he’s to avoid that fate. Having signed their top priority—massive tax cuts—into law, he’s a little vulnerable now. In 2016, both Charles and David Koch, principals in Koch Industries and builders of a vast, right-wing political infrastructure, made a big show of their contempt for Trump. Charles compared the choice of either Trump and Hillary Clinton to one...

How Donald Trump Broke Conservatism

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(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images) President Trump shows the audience how he hides his bald spot at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2018. D onald Trump has conservatives in a dither. He’s the wagon to which they’ve hitched their star, the vehicle for all of the deregulatory, tax-cutting goodies he’s delivered to them. And he’s killing their movement. In the decades since Ronald Reagan’s capture of the presidency in 1980, conservatism has adhered to the Gipper’s winning formula of a “three-legged stool,” comprising social, fiscal, and defense conservatives. Each of these designations was misleading in its own way. So-called “defense conservatives,” for instance, were actually war hawks; “fiscal conservatives” were actually more libertarian than conservative. And social conservatives were really people with a radical view of religion’s role in government and the gun’s role in society. Nevertheless, each group embraced its fictional...

GOP: The Party of Death

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(Paul Morigi /AP Images for Avaaz) Members of the activist group Avaaz protest an NRA conference with a likeness for CEO Wayne LaPierre on December 21, 2012. T hey balk at any attempt to stem gun violence. They’re against affordable health care and want to voucherize Medicare. Given their druthers, they’d allow giant companies to befoul the air and poison the water. And don’t get me started on the lies Republican figures advance to deny any attempt to address the changes in our planet’s climate that are wreaking destruction on the lives of millions, whether through floods, drought, or sea-level rise. The anti-regulatory Koch network provides Republicans with the ground troops and voter data they need to turn out the vote, and funds the think tanks that craft Republican policy that argues against health care and environmental health . And the National Rifle Association, which won’t even countenance background checks for those who purchase firearms at gun shows, is keeper and bestower...

Steve Bannon and Katie Roiphe Are Very Worried. So Is Donald Trump

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(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Steve Bannon on January 16, 2018, on Capitol Hill E verybody’s worried about the men. Steve Bannon. Katie Roiphe. Donald J. Trump. Whether in response to the generalized fury of the #MeToo movement, or allegations of intimate-partner violence against a key White House official, the presumed vulnerability of men to charges of sexual harassment or outright violence has drawn the sympathies of a self-described pussy-grabber , an enabler of the racist alt-right , and the feminist movement’s foremost concern troll . While the White House is having trouble getting its story straight about just when it learned that former staff secretary Rob Porter had been subject to a restraining order requested by one of his two ex-wives, or the claim of the other that he punched her in the face (including photographic evidence of a black eye), one thing is certain: The president’s sympathies lie with Porter, and perhaps all men accused of misdeeds done against women. On...