Adele M. Stan

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

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Mike Pence’s Bumpy Ride

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) C LEVELAND—Poor Mike Pence. The Indiana governor, described in news reports on Thursday as the Republican vice presidential pick, awoke Friday morning to speculation among the chattering classes that Trump might be changing his mind. Never mind that: According to the Indianapolis Star , Pence yesterday decided to withdraw from his state’s gubernatorial race and hopped a plane to New York, presumably for the big announcement with his new boss—who turned out not to be there. In short, Pence was getting a taste of what it means to be a friend of Donald J. Trump’s. (Just ask Chris “Get on the plane and go home” Christie.) The suspended animation in which Trump held Pence ended later Friday morning, when Trump tweeted that Pence was his pick. That made Pence the first running mate ever unveiled through Twitter. But it had been a bumpy...

The Trump Campaign: Bigotry With a Purpose

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AP Photo/David Zalubowski In this July 1, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to supporters during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. D onald Trump may be a bigot, but he’s a bigot with a strategy. The strategy is bigotry. When Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, tweeted an internet meme about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton that appears to have been gleaned from a white nationalist Twitter account, it was but one in a series of such incidents. The Washington Post ’s David Weigel summed it up this way : For at least the fifth time, Trump’s Twitter account had shared a meme from the racist “alt-right” and offered no explanation why. In this case, the meme featured an image of Clinton’s face against a backdrop of $100 bills, with a tagline encased in a red Star of David: “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” After a predictable uproar ensued, Trump deleted the tweet, and then tweeted a new version of the meme...

Trump Lays Bare the Moral Bankruptcy of the Religious Right

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(Photo: AP/Patrick Semansky) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, speaks alongside Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University during a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 31, 2016. T he business of saving souls has always had its charlatans. In the United States, the religious right often seems to serve up more than its share. Take Ralph Reed, for example. The political operative who rose to fame as executive director of the now-defunct Christian Coalition, Reed has long used his evangelical cred to feed his for-profit businesses, as he did when lobbyist Jack Abramoff hired Reed’s firm, Century Strategies, to rally his Christian soldiers to oppose the casino-building plans of one American Indian tribe in order to serve the gambling interests of a competing tribe . (This scheme, along with others, landed Abramoff in prison for bribery.) It should come as no surprise, then, to find him as a lead evangelist for Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican...

Trump, Guns, and Lies, Incorporated

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AP Photo/John Locher Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino, Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. I n the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it shouldn’t surprise us that Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, responded with a lie. Or two, depending how you measure. After all, Trump’s entire campaign is built on lies , whether about the number of undocumented immigrants (11 million, not 34 million, as Trump claims), his Democratic opponent’s position on the Second Amendment or the reaction of Jersey City Muslims to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In fact, it could be said that Trump’s 2016 campaign began with his Big Lie in 2011, when he threw in with the birthers who claim, against copious evidence to the contrary, that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. As Latinas, Latinos, and LGBT people took on the rituals of mourning the victims of the recent attack in Florida that left 49 dead...

The Religious Right’s Crocodile Tears Over Orlando Shooting

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Senator Ted Cruz at last year's Road to Majority conference, June 18, 2015 W ith 49 victims dead in a shooting attack on Latin night at a gay nightclub on Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, LGBT people all over the country are experiencing a kind of grief that only members of marginalized communities can fathom: that of being targeted simply for the fundamentals of one’s identity, for all that it represents to those who hate you. The same is surely true for Latinos, who have absorbed an epic level of hate speech aimed at them this election campaign. The shooter’s last-minute self-identification with the extremist Islamist insurgency, ISIS, is providing sustenance to self-described Christians who wish us harm. Now, along come the haters, posing as our champions. “Our nation is at war. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from Fort Hood to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to last night’s horrific attack in Orlando, radical Islamic terrorism has declared jihad on...

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