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. Opinions expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles

Trump, Putin, and the Plague on America

It’s not just them—it’s us.

In March of 1973, White House Counsel John Dean famously told Richard Nixon, “There’s a cancer on the presidency.” Dean referred, of course, to criminal actions taken on the president’s behalf, and the president’s involvement of a cover-up. Today, there’s clearly a disease on the presidency—and on the entire Cabinet, and on the majority in Congress, as well. But more than that, the plague is overtaking the body politic. There’s a pox on all of our houses. I recall when the Republican brand was a patriarchal vision dressed up in patriotism. Ironically (or not), it was that “love it or leave it” variety of American nationalism that led us to the abandonment of loyalty to the notion of American democracy—of an America led by Americans. The people who voted for and support Donald Trump don’t care that Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation and no fan of democracy, has his hooks into the U.S. president,...

Trump Is Selling Out America, and His Supporters Love It

Whatever Putin has on Trump is reshaping global politics.

President Donald J. Trump loves Vladimir Putin, the Russian strongman—as do the right-wingers who love Trump. Some on the far right see Putin as the restorer of Christendom ; others simply see him as a champion of the white race . Donald Trump apparently sees Putin as the savior of, well, Donald Trump. But motives hardly matter in this new time; for white nationalists like former White House strategist Steve Bannon, Trump’s weakness for Putin serves Bannon’s dark vision for a reordering of the world , one that has little respect for democracy or civil rights. In the days preceding Trump’s visit to London, Bannon got himself a nice hotel suite in which he courted European far-right leaders , such as Brexiteer Nigel Farage and the National Front’s Louis Aliot—during which he stoked the chaos gripping the government of the United Kingdom over negotiations with the European Union over the terms of the U.K.’s exit from that economic alliance. As he...

Trump the Destroyer

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Donald Trump knows how to land himself on the front pages. Possibly distressed that his visit to London was playing second fiddle in the British news cycle to England’s World Cup loss to Croatia, Trump used an interview with The Sun to make threats against U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that could further destabilize her government and push her from power. If May sealed the “soft Brexit” deal she’s negotiated with the European Union for the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, Trump said, a trade deal between the U.K. and the U.S. was probably off. Oh, and by the way, he thinks that Boris Johnson, a leading Brexiteer and political nemesis to May, would make a great prime minister. Last week, Johnson quit May’s government, where he had served as foreign secretary, in protest of May’s EU exit deal. For good measure, he threw in chilling comments that showed his real reason for opposing Western nations’ acceptance of migrants from the...

If You Think This Week Was Bad, Just Wait Till Next Week

Even before four journalists and one publishing staffer were murdered yesterday afternoon in Maryland, it was a terrible week in America—all because of the noxious and corrupt Trump regime, which includes the majority of people in the United States Congress. It was only a couple of nights ago that Donald J. Trump, the likely illegitimate president of the United States, described the media for the umpteenth time as “ the enemy of the people ,” so you’d be forgiven for wondering if the grudge-carrying, violent misogynist charged with murdering employees of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis was inspired by the grudge-carrying, violence-inciting misogynist who occupies the Oval Office. The truth is, we’ll probably never know. But the fact that so many of us leapt to that conclusion tells you just how toxic our political environment has become, yet how inured we are to its poison. It’s just what is. What we do know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, is...

Trump's Dominance Display: Traumatizing Children

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As Americans grow increasingly accustomed to life under an authoritarian regime, the temptation is to examine every action by the regime through its designated prism. President Donald J. Trump’s summit with the dictator Kim Jong-Un is viewed through the foreign-policy lens; his horrific “ zero tolerance ” policy toward people seeking asylum is viewed through the windows of immigration policy and human rights. But you really have to zoom out to see the larger pattern of the authoritarian actions consistently taken by the Trump administration. The administration’s current policy of taking children from their asylum-seeking parents as they arrive at the U.S. border after an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico is no doubt animated by the animus of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has apparently never met a non-white person deemed worthy of basic human dignity. And those general sentiments find sustenance among the Trump base . But there’s a...

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