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

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...

The State of the Union Is Unknown

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(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Trump shakes hands with Vice Presidenet Pence and Speaker of the House Ryan as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address on January 30, 2018. I f you watched Tuesday’s State of the Union address on cable television, you were likely treated afterward to the results of instant polls measuring how well the speech was received. Pundits parsed the rhetoric and what it portended. Others evaluated the quality of the speechwriting, or how strongly the special guests highlighted in the president’s remarks plucked at viewers’ heartstrings. This is how State of the Union addresses are routinely treated, which is why we should not entertain such treatment. We are in a new time, a time in which the president of the United States defies the norms of civilized society , not to mention democracy. To use the normal instruments of evaluation to assess an event presided over by the face of the right wing’s Plunder Project™ is to take part in...

How Freaked Out Are Republicans About Mueller? Ask the Russian Bots.

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(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes enters the committee area on January 16, 2018, where Steve Bannon was being interviewed. T he Russians are back, big time. The Russian bots, that is. And that means something big is happening in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. We all know who reaped the rewards of that intrusion. Over the course of the last 48 hours, bots linked to the Russian Federation have gone viral on a Twitter hashtag created by Republican lawmakers who claim the Obama administration illegally spied on Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign during FBI surveillance of Russian diplomats and figures linked to the Kremlin. Never mind the problematic fact that Kremlin-linked figures under surveillance were chit-chatting with a presidential campaign that stood to gain from a Russian influence operation. In Age of Trump, such facts are easily...

America in the Age of Shitholiness

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(Anthony Behar/Sipa USA via AP Images) Hundreds demonstrate against racism in Times Square on Martin Luther King Day in New York on January 15, 2018. O n my way out the door on January 11, I caught a glimpse of CNN on the TV, noting the news of the day: The text banner at the bottom of the screen said the president of the United States had called Haiti, El Salvador, and the nations of Africa “shithole countries.” I rolled my eyes and went on my way. Always knew the dude was racist; who didn’t? It took hours before I realized that I had never seen an expletive spelled out in full on a television news chyron . Because, really, we’ve been in the Age of Shitholiness for a while now. Like since January 20, 2017. The following morning brought the out-of-body experience of hearing the word uttered by the very precise Korva Coleman of NPR. It was a quote from the president, after all, as reported by senators who had attended the meeting at which he uttered it. But it was also a cultural...

Bannon’s Breitbart Exit Changes Nothing

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(Gage Skidmore/Flickr) Steve Bannon Y ou’d hardly be human if you didn’t feel a twinge of glee at the fall of Steve Bannon. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, you might say. Bannon’s resignation from Breitbart News might even restore your faith in the resilience of democracy—but it shouldn’t. However delicious the ignominious fate of the man who painted himself as Svengali to the dummy in the Oval, Bannon’s fast descent from savior to pariah illustrates structural rot in the machinery of the republic, wrought by a Supreme Court whose majority acts in the favor of aspiring oligarchs. Sure, Bannon set his fate in motion through his own hubris. But ultimately his crash stemmed from the whims of a single donor family, as did his rise. Without Rebekah Mercer, daughter of hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, Bannon would never have secured his top spot on the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. Without Mercer, Bannon might never have been granted his role as the guiding force of...

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