Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect

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No, Trump’s Address to Congress Wasn’t ‘Presidential’

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(Photo: Jim Loscalzo/picture-alliance/dpa/AP) President Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017. O n Tuesday night, President Trump defied critics by proving he could read a teleprompter. In Trump’s hands, any evolution toward mastery of that skill could prove as dangerous as the improvisational oratorical bullying for which he is better known, for Trump’s reading style renders the articulation of evil into a banal-sounding sing-song celebration of resentment, greed, grief, and death. The consensus forming among political observers on Donald J. Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress is that the president seemed “presidential.” Well, sure, if your idea of presidential is an authoritarian maniac who can read a teleprompter. When speaking in his more customary off-the-cuff style, Trump’s “prime rhetorical instrument is percussion,” writes media critic Todd Gitlin . So true. All those short phrases and mini-sentences that follow...

Milo and the Moral Corruption of the Conservative Movement

He may not be an ideological conservative, but the movement created him. Now it must own him and the hatred he spews.

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AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in New York. S ince the early days of its ascendance in the Republican Party, the conservative movement’s leaders have advanced their cause on two major claims that have shaped conservatism’s identity: moral rectitude and love of the Constitution. As it turns out, that was quite a sell job. The hatred espoused by Trump and the cretins he’s defended, such as Breitbart News phenomenon Milo Yiannopoulos, initially found its voice, often in more polite language, in the conservative movement. Milo and the Donald may not be ideological conservatives, but they are nonetheless creations of the conservative movement. As I’ve noted before , these are players savvy enough to understand that conservatism never was fueled by ideology; it was always fueled by contempt for everyone other than non-Jewish white men. Take the recent flap over the scheduled appearance of Breitbart News editor Milo...

What Does Flynn Know About Trump?

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(Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the front row before President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's joint news conference on February 10. I n January, President Donald J. Trump learned that, before he ever took office, the man he picked as his national security adviser was making promises to a Russian diplomat, promises that intimated a lifting of U.S. sanctions against Russia in return for its apparent attempts to sway the outcome of the U.S. election. This was at worst dangerous and illegal behavior; at best, it was staggeringly unpatriotic. But it wasn’t until weeks later, after The Washington Post broke the story of Michael T. Flynn’s intercepted conversation with Sergey I. Kislyak, Russia’s U.S. ambassador, that Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation. Had Flynn’s friendly convo with Kislyak been a rogue operation, don’t you think Trump would have dumped Flynn sooner? The question here isn’t simply: What did Trump know and...

Warren Silenced: The Patriarchy Strikes Back

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Senate TV via AP Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington. T here’s nothing the patriarchy hates more than a woman who’s got a point to make, especially a powerful point to make against the man the white patriarchy means to install in the highest law-enforcement office in the land. And the patriarchy really is not down with the fact that the point was originally made by a black woman, one of the most revered civil rights activists in modern history. On Tuesday, when Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, read the words of Coretta Scott King from the Senate floor—words originally written in opposition to the 1986 nomination of Republican Jeff Sessions, currently the U.S. senator from Alabama, to the federal bench—Republicans invoked an arcane rule to shut down Warren’s speech and send her back to her seat. Warren’s remarks last night were offered in opposition to the nomination of Sessions to the position of attorney general. Citing...

How to Build a Winning Progressive Infrastructure

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(Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA via AP) People attend the opening of the "We the People" exhibit hosted by Wieden Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, on February 2, 2017. The exhibit features protest signs from recent social justice marches. W hen you’re in the midst of multiple constitutional crises , it’s hard to focus on the future. But without that focus on the part of progressives and liberals, the fate of the republic looks bleak. Donald Trump may not have been the dream candidate of right-wing leaders, but in the end, they deemed him close enough. For that, they’re being richly rewarded. In the course of a week, the religious right has gotten nearly everything its leaders ever longed for , short of overturning Roe v. Wade , the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. But they seem confident, given the president’s pick of Neil Gorsuch to the high court bench, that it’s just a matter of time—four, maybe eight, years before that aim is achieved. The people around Trump know...

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