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

Make No Mistake: The Koch Brothers Are Helping Donald Trump

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(Photo: Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP) Billionaire Charles Koch speaks in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas, in 2012. I t’s no secret that the Koch brothers really don’t like Donald Trump. In political media, much has been made of the fact that Charles and David Koch, the neo­libertarian principals of Koch Industries and overseers of a secretive network of deep-pocketed political donors, declined to dedicate the resources of the many advocacy organizations they have seeded in this year’s presidential contest. David Koch, a Republican Party delegate, even managed to miss attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. But don’t think for a minute that the super­-rich siblings, who together are worth some $82 billion, according to Forbes, aren’t helping Donald Trump. They may not wish to get all of that Trumpy dirt—the calls to violence, the obvious racism and misogyny, the invitation to Russia for cyber­espionage on his own country—on their manicured hands...

Trump Sets Course for Mayhem After Election

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(Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) Donald Trump waves to supporters at a campaign rally at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 9. I f Donald J. Trump can’t win the presidency, it seems he’s determined to go out with a bang. Win or lose, he’s determined to make his mark on America—even if the mark is drawn in bloodstains on the pavement. And should that happen, the supposedly upstanding party leaders who lined up behind him will be forever known as his enablers. Unless you live a life of quiet contemplation in some isolated locale, you surely know by now that Trump, the Republican nominee for the presidency, suggested on Tuesday that “Second Amendment people” could take matters into their own hands should his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the election and appoint justices to the Supreme Court. You might also know that Trump is suffering in the polls , and cannot bear to be out of the media limelight for a nanosecond. “Second Amendment people,” of course,...

Ivanka Trump is Evidence of Her Father’s Misogyny

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AP Photo/John Locher Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. gop_convention_icon.jpg P art and parcel of the Trump campaign’s brand is its misogyny . From the witch-burning vibe of the Republican National Convention’s second night to Trump’s own campaign-trail commentary on the appearance of various women and the menstrual cycle of a debate moderator , resentment of the growing power of women is a driving force among Trump supporters, especially as he vies for the presidency against Hillary Clinton. The notion of a woman president, so galling to so many, represents a fear that Trump has exploited without compunction. The result has been high negative poll ratings among women for the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. To soften those edges among women watching the Republican National Convention from the comfort of their living rooms, Trump...

Ted Cruz Pours Gasoline on the Trumpster Fire

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AP Photo/Matt Rourke Senator Ted Cruz addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. gop_convention_icon.jpg O ne of the best speeches you’re likely to hear in the quest for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination was delivered on Wednesday from the podium of the 2016 Republican National Convention by Ted Cruz, who, of the 16 defeated contenders in the primaries, came the closest to winning the prize that was ultimately claimed by Donald J. Trump. In the battle for national attention, Trump has few rivals who can come close to beating him. Ted Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas, proved with his speech that, like the Republican presidential nominee, he knows how to grab the spotlight by breaking form. On a night that was to have shone a light on Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, the party’s vice presidential nominee, Cruz blocked the view with a well-crafted speech that pointedly contained no...

In Trump, Conservatism’s Old Guard Sees a New Goldwater

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears on a video monitor during the Republican National Convention, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Cleveland. T o the naked eye, Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump would seem to have little in common with the late Senator Barry Goldwater. And given the fact that Goldwater lost the 1964 presidential election to Lyndon Johnson in a landslide, Trump himself might not care for the linkage; after all, there’s nothing Trump hates more than a loser. But as I’ve talked to the operatives of conservatism’s old guard during the Republican National Convention, the name of the Arizona senator comes up time and again. From his vanquished campaign, the young leaders of what was then called the New Right built today’s conservative coalition. Despite their grand success in delivering Ronald Reagan to the White House in 1980, they’ve yet to complete their project: purging establishment Republicans such as the Bushes and the...