Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect

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#NeverTrump Crowd Raises Big Money for Trump

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(Photo: AP/CQ Roll Call/Bill Clark) A #NeverTrump sticker was placed on the windshield of the car belonging to Representative Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, in front of the Republican National Committee office in Washington, D.C., prior to a meeting between House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump on May 12, 2016. A fter months of protestations over the presidential candidacy of the crass, openly misogynist, and race-baiting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, members of the Republican cabal once known by the hashtag #NeverTrump are throwing some impressive assets his way—in secret, of course. Todd Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, is the latest to join the trend, according to reporters Kenneth P. Vogel and Alex Isenstadt at Politico , with the creation of a nonprofit group that is not required to reveal its donors, but is permitted by law to make so-called issues ads—the kinds of ads that are usually deployed against a candidate who is opposed by the group’s...

Debate Prep: How Sexism Makes Hillary’s Task Infinitely More Difficult Than Trump’s

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AP Photo/Matt Rourke Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Temple University in Philadelphia, Monday, September 19, 2016. E verybody who’s ever watched Hillary Clinton in a debate knows just how very good she is in that format. No one comes more prepared on matters of fact; she has a keen sense of debate strategy and can land a zinger—even while bearing the burden of gender, that weight that deems a woman to not only prove herself smarter than her male opponent, but to do so while smiling more than he does (though not so much that she lacks gravitas) and being very careful not to completely emasculate her male opponent, lest she be seen as a knife-wielding bitch. This is the challenge Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has faced in her past debates against Democratic opponents in two presidential primaries, and against her Republican challenger in her successful bid for a seat in the United States Senate—all events in which her...

The Normalization of Evil in American Politics

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Olivier Douliery/Abaca/Sipa via AP Images Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the 11th annual Values Voter Summit, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 9, 2016. T ime was when a presidential candidate who played footsie with segregationists and white supremacists would have been banished to the fringes of the American political scene. But Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has changed all that. Oh sure, there have been plenty of codes telegraphed to the anti-black base of the GOP’s southern flank: Ronald Reagan’s choice of Philadelphia, Mississippi , as the place to make a “states’ rights” speech in his 1980 presidential campaign; Richard Nixon’s southern strategy and “Silent Majority” framing. But after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, expressions of outright racism were frowned upon in presidential politics. And articulations of misogyny were generally doled out in the form of withering condescension . I don’t need to recount for you...

How Sexism, Like Matt Lauer’s, Could Imperil the Nation

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Democratic presidential candidate speaks with Matt Lauer at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York on September 7. I n what many believe to be the most important presidential election in a generation, the two major-party presidential candidates were held to very different standards in Wednesday night’s televised forum on national-security issues. As Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute tweeted , “Tough to be a woman running for president.” The forum, hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, was broadcast by NBC News and moderated by Matt Lauer, host of the Today show. The event was supposedly designed to explore the candidates’ potential in the role of commander-in-chief, and Lauer apparently felt compelled to demonstrate his hard-news chops by badgering Democrat Hillary Clinton about her personal email server while...

Is Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Strategy an Act of Genius?

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(Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) Hillary Clinton looks up to audience members as she leaves the campaign event in Reno, Nevada, on August 25. I t was a short speech delivered in a subdued tone. But nearly a week after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took to a stage in Nevada to lay out her opponent’s ties to the racist alt-right movement, the speech is still reverberating, and drawing analysis from all quarters. The sort of conservatives who deem themselves to be more respectable than Donald J. Trump, the bombastic Republican presidential nominee, fret that Clinton elevated the alt right, which they’d like to corral into the pen of a fringe movement . Others say she smeared the movement by calling it racist. The libertarian Reason magazine ran a headline accusing Clinton of, through her speech, recruiting for the alt right . And some liberals and progressives took issue with the strategy Clinton displayed in her address—that of differentiating Trump and his racism from the...