Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect, and AlterNet's Washington editor. 

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Trump’s Success, and Our Failure: Violence

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AP Photo/Paul Sancya An audience member holds up a sign for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Boca Raton, Florida, Sunday, March 13, 2016. I n a nation conceived in a violent revolution, and whose popular culture revels in entertainment violence, it should perhaps come as no surprise that the presidential frontrunner of one of our two major political parties is carving a path to victory fueled in part by aggression. And yet the political fortunes of Donald J. Trump, with his calls to fisticuffs and worse, continue to shock. After a week marked by scuffles at his campaign rallies , and controversy over his campaign manager’s manhandling of a female reporter , Trump is riding high, having just swept most of the primaries held on Tuesday, even defeating a sitting U.S. senator in his own state. Trump is winning not despite this incitement; he is winning partly because of it. There is little doubt that Trump’s racially charged and incendiary rhetoric...

Trump Prevails on Super Tuesday, Unleashing Beast of Contempt

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on March 1, 2016, Super Tuesday, at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. T o celebrate his Super Tuesday sweep, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump sought to appear presidential. In lieu of the standard victory speech, he staged a press conference on March 1 in the opulent ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago resort, in which he called on journalists by name, just as the president does. But to make clear his conception of a Trump presidency, he also used the occasion to threaten the speaker of the House. Earlier in the day, Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Trump’s reluctance to disavow the support of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and the support Trump has enjoyed among white supremacists. When asked at his news conference how, as president, he would find a way to work with Congress, given Ryan’s comments, Trump replied : “Paul Ryan, I don’t know him well...

Donald Trump and the Twilight of Movement Conservatism

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(Photo: AP/Olivier Douliery) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on February 21. O n Tuesday night in Nevada, Donald J. Trump, a known liar , gave perhaps the most honest political speech uttered in the modern age of presidential elections. And with that victory speech, delivered as news came in of the billionaire businessman’s trouncing of his rivals in the state’s Republican Party presidential caucuses, movement conservatism as the guiding force of the GOP came tumbling down. By way of thanking a would-be mega-donor, the Republican frontrunner explained how difficult it was to turn down the offer of casino-owner Phil Ruffin to fund the Trump campaign to the tune of $10 million. “[I]t’s hard for me to turn down money, because that’s not what I’ve done my whole life,” Trump said. “I grab and grab and grab. You know, I get greedy; I want money, money.” The crowd roared its approval. What passes for conservatism in United...

Beware the Bigmouth on Your Team: The Alan Grayson Saga

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(Photo: AP/CQ Roll Call/Bill Clark) Florida Democrat Representative Alan Grayson walks down the House steps on January 8, 2016. I f you’re running for U.S. Senate on a populist progressive platform, it’s probably not a good idea to preside over a hedge fund , a high-risk speculative financial instrument, designed to serve the greed of the one percent, that is often destructive to the overall economy. But that’s just what Representative Alan Grayson of Florida has done, generating an ethics cloud that darkens any room he enters. During the 2009 race-baited GOP hate-war against the legislation that would create Obamacare, Grayson, then a little-known back-bencher, uttered this in a floor speech: “If you get sick, America, the Republican health-care plan is this: Die quickly.” I kind of loved him for that, and so did a lot of progressives. Grayson was soon a populist hero, popping up all over MSNBC and progressive radio. In moments such as the brutal war of words over the Affordable Care...

Election's Secret Theme: Letting Women Know Who's Boss

Between Trump's misogyny and Sanders's demeaning of Planned Parenthood, this presidential contest is all about the role of women in society.

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(Photo: AP/Matt Rourke) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters in Hooksett, New Hampshire, after the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. A s they tend to be, the media narrative emerging from New Hampshire the day after the first-in-the-nation primary is simple: a tale of two “outsiders” named Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Yet step back to examine the campaign’s ongoing controversies and it becomes clear that the subtext, the dark undercurrent, of the 2016 presidential contest is about something even greater than the changing dynamics of America’s major political parties. It’s about the role of women in American society. And a whole lot of Americans, male and female alike, remain uncomfortable with the notion of real female power. On the Republican side, that’s evident not only in the stances against women’s rights embraced by all the GOP candidates, but particularly in the utterances of frontrunner Donald Trump, who has placed...