Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect

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How Winning the Nomination Could Be Trump’s Worst Nightmare

The blustery billionaire could lose the biggest game of his life—to a woman.

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(Photo: AP/Julie Jacobson) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference Tuesday, April 26. W e had been promised something of a new candidate, one more “presidential” in demeanor than we’re accustomed to seeing in the ostentatious settings at which he stages his post-primary speeches. But when Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, stepped up to the mic in Manhattan’s Trump Tower to celebrate his epic sweep of Tuesday night’s GOP nominating contests in all five of the states in play, what we saw was a Trump more subdued in tone but as misogynist in substance as ever. After declaring himself to be “like, a very smart person,” Trump made an astonishing claim: If Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton—who won four of Tuesday’s five Democratic primaries—were a man, he said, “she’d be at 5 percent” in the polls. As if being a woman granted the female politician some great advantage. Were that the case, each chamber of Congress, one might assume,...

As GOP Reconsiders Trump as Standard-Bearer, Candidate Retweets White Supremacist

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(Photo: AP/Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes a photo with a supporter after a campaign rally at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, on April 19, the day of the New York presidential primary. O n the night that he swept the New York Republican presidential primary, showman Donald Trump retweeted good wishes sent his way from a white supremacist. You could toss it off as a small thing; perhaps he just hastily hit the RT button without realizing who @keksec_org was . The tweet was generic enough : “Your policies will make this state and country great again! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.” No time to click on a well-wisher’s Twitter handle on the night you’re winning a major state primary with a campaign based on white male rage—you know, to make sure they don’t identify as a member of the #RWDS crowd (the hashtag standing for “right-wing death squad”). Or as a “neo-Boer,” which roughly translates as being an admirer of South Africa’s...

Is Pope Francis a Bernie Bro?

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(Photo: AP/Rex Features) Pope Francis appears during his Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 9. N o sooner had Bernie Sanders, the United States senator from Vermont, announced his invitation to address a Vatican conference just days ahead of the increasingly important New York primary, than a controversy broke out. Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the entity hosting the conference, told Bloomberg Politics that Sanders had wrangled the invitation behind her back; Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the academy’s chancellor and a member of the Curia, said it wasn’t so—that Archer had signed off on the invitation. Essentially, he called her a liar. The Vatican, it seems, is a dangerous place to be a woman who would deign to wield the power implied by her title. Just days before, Sanders, who is challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, had called Clinton “...

The GOP’s Primary Lesson: Be Careful What You Wish For

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(Photo: AP/Paul Sancya) Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz raises hands with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (left) and his wife Heidi (right) during a campaign event in on primary night, Tuesday, April 5, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. D onald J. Trump, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, is steaming mad. After losing Tuesday’s primary in Wisconsin to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the Trump campaign issued a statement decrying the machinations of party leaders. “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet—he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump," the statement read. And he might just be right. As I wrote last week , the endorsement of Cruz by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a former presidential contender himself and a beneficiary of the political apparatus built by the billionaire Koch brothers, suggested as much. It was a move that seemed engineered more for the purpose of keeping Trump from bearing...

Could Paul Ryan Be the Koch Brothers’ Dream Candidate?

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(Photo: AP/Ron Sachs) Speaker Paul Ryan delivers a speech to House interns on Capitol Hill on March 23. P aul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, would like you to know two things: He is very, very sorry for those mean things he said about poor people, and he is not seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency. On that second point, though, were there to be a need for a candidate who hadn’t run in any of the 2016 primaries or caucuses, well … “People say, ‘What about the contested convention?’ I say, well, there are a lot of people running for president,” Ryan told CNBC’s John Harwood on March 15. “We'll see. Who knows?" His spokespeople were quickly dispatched to Twitter to assert that their boss would never accept such a nomination, words that the speaker himself has yet to utter. The most Ryan will say is “ I will not be the nominee ,” a statement that sounds more like a prediction than a rejection. And predictions are known to be often wrong. Makers and Takers A...