Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism. Opinions expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles

How the Anti-choice Movement Paved the Way for Trump

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In a stunning stunning piece titled “From Roe to Trump” in Wednesday’s New York Times , columnist Ross Douthat serves up a revisionist history of the anti-choice movement, holding up its alleged pacifism as the rationale for conservative opposition to the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump. There are plenty of reasons for anyone of any political stripe to oppose Trump, but to accept Douthat’s premise of the anti-choice movement as some Peaceable Kingdom of Fetus Protectors is to live in Upside-Down Land. For, if any cultural movement paved the way for Trump, it is the one that seeks to deprive women of agency over their own bodies. Douthat does a neat trick of trying to separate what he calls the “mainstream pro-life movement” and the anti-choice extremists who incite with violent rhetoric those who do physical violence. I’ve sat at evangelical gatherings in which anti-abortion violence is either dismissed as not so bad, or smugly...

Trump Surrogate Gingrich Slut-Shames Megyn Kelly

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When, as a campaign surrogate and once-powerful white man, you answer allegations that your candidate may be a sexual predator with a sex-laced attack on your female interviewer, you’re probably a misogynist. A desperate misogynist. That’s what former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is looking like this morning. During a Tuesday discussion of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s sinking poll numbers, Gingrich accused Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly of being “fascinated with sex” when she dared to mention that Trump’s fortunes began falling after the now infamous Access Hollywood video, featuring Trump boasting about his self-proclaimed prerogative to sexually assault women, became public on October 7, and nearly a dozen women came forward to allege that Trump had either assaulted them or otherwise taken liberties with their bodies. From the beginning, the primary animating force of the Trump campaign has been the candidate’s misogyny,...

Rationalizing Trump

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In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! By Ann Coulter Sentinel This article appears in the Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Ann Coulter was alt-right before the alt-right was a thing. Always one to sense a trend in the right’s rumblings and ride it on the wings of outrage and outrageousness, Coulter, in her latest book, In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! , is eager to prove all of that, and then some. But for a moment there, her book launch was off to a rocky start. A slender volume of repetitious invective against non-white immigrants, In Trump We Trust bases its case for the candidacy of the reality-show star and real-estate player almost solely on his promise to deport all undocumented immigrants, and to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Then, the week in which Coulter was to begin her book tour, word came that Trump was to make a “pivot” on his immigration stance, perhaps “softening” his promise to...

Prepare to Be Triggered: Sexual Assault Survivors Gird Themselves for Debate

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If the second presidential debate of the 2016 campaign season was tough to watch for those who have been sexually assaulted, tonight’s debate in Las Vegas between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be one epic trigger. The October 9 debate, which took place two days after the Republican presidential nominee was revealed to have boasted in 2005—in the crudest of terms—about grabbing random women by their genitals, would have been hard to watch under any circumstances. Trump compounded the difficulty with a pre-debate stunt featuring women who accuse former President Bill Clinton of sexual transgressions (including rape), and one rape survivor who accuses Hillary Clinton of callous behavior in Clinton’s 1975 legal defense of the alleged perpetrator, who was convicted of a lesser charge. As brutal as that all was to take in, tonight’s installment in the three-debate series could be worse. The thing to understand about the trauma suffered by those who...

No, Trump Hasn’t Destroyed the Christian Right

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Leaders of the Christian right find themselves at a most uncomfortable moment: Do they stick by their man, the GOP nominee, who claimed a right to sexually assault women, boasted of a failed attempt to commit adultery, and generally revealed himself to be a pig in the endlessly looped video recording of Donald Trump and Billy Bush bantering on a hot microphone in 2005? Truly, they have cast their pearls before swine . And nonetheless, the ones who count are standing fast. The big names—James Dobson, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Penny Nance, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell Jr.—remain at Trump’s side. Much is being made of the defection or long-term opposition of other right-wing Christian figures, but these are not the operatives who mobilize voters. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has long stood against Trump on religious grounds, explaining himself yesterday in a...

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