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.

Recent Articles

Threat Posed by the Right Is Multiplied by a Legacy of Denial

Shay Horse/NurPhoto)(Sipa via AP Images Neo-Nazis and white supremacists take part in a demonstration the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. I n these dystopian times, tempers are growing short with those who prefer to view the United States as a largely benevolent place, save for a few fringe elements with bad intentions. Earlier this week, The New York Times got a good taste of that sentiment when editors of its podcast, “The Daily,” posted an episode under the boneheaded headline, “The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism, and How We Missed It,” which they tweeted with a link to the episode. The splash-back was immediate. African American writers were like, who do you mean by “we”? After all, black writers in America are pretty hip to all the anti-black hate out there. (“We = Y’all,” tweeted The New Yorker ’s Jelani Cobb, who is black.) For good reason, Cobb and other black writers didn’t see the white supremacist Dylann Roof’s 2015 massacre of black...

Yes, It Could Happen Here

Right-wing authoritarianism is on the rise around the world—including here. But we’re lulled by the sameness of our everyday lives.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House. I n the United States, as in much of the world , democracy is in peril . Regarding the state of the American republic, one need only glance at the Twitter feed of President Donald J. Trump to see how. And if that doesn’t convince, just have a look at what’s going on in the state legislatures of Wisconsin and Michigan, where Republican lawmakers have convened extraordinary lame-duck sessions to clip the wings of incoming Democratic governors and executive branch leaders just ahead of their inaugurations. (More on this from my colleague, Paul Waldman, here .) Going into this week, there was little doubt that today would be a tough day for the president, what with James Comey, the former FBI director fired from that position by Trump, testifying on the Hill, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller expected to drop sentencing memos destined to shed light on aspects of his investigation...

When Liars Start Telling the Truth: Michael Cohen Puts Trump in Peril

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves federal court in New York. W hen your whole political career is built on a pack of lies, it is imperative that those who surround you be reading from the same page of the lie book. In this regard, President Donald J. Trump has often fared quite well, beginning with then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s defense of the president’s made-up figures for crowd attendance at his inauguration (the biggest ever), or White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s concoction of the phrase “ alternative facts .” That’s what Michael Cohen, who served for decades as Trump’s personal lawyer, said he was doing when he testified before Congress that, by January 2016, Trump had stopped pursuing a deal in Moscow to build a new Trump Tower there. In court yesterday, according to The New York Times , Cohen explained, “I made these statements to be consistent with” Trump’s “political messaging.” But now Cohen is singing a...

Facebook Anti-Soros Campaign Treated Hate Like Just Another Political Position

Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire URN:39829962/Press Association via AP Images O n the evening before Thanksgiving, as reporters and senators and members of Congress were traveling to family gatherings, Facebook quietly issued a statement in which its executives admitted that the tech giant had hired Definers, LLP, described as a “dirty tricks” public-relations firm, to smear the philanthropist and financier George Soros. The statement was issued after weeks of denials by Facebook leaders, who had previously claimed that the blockbuster New York Times story that broke the news of the anti-Soros campaign was riddled with inaccuracies. The hiring of Definers was apparently prompted by a speech delivered by Soros at the 2018 Davos Economic Forum, in which he decried the monopolization of tech platforms—particularly Facebook and Google—as a threat to democracy. In a long critique of the structure and nature of social media and other internet platforms, Soros said : The internet monopolies have...

Stacey Abrams Could Be Dems’ Best Hope for Winning in 2020

Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams makes remarks during a press conference at the Abrams Headquarters in Atlanta. O n November 16, one of the most extraordinary political speeches in American history was delivered, when Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, acknowledged that her opponent would be the Peach State’s next governor, but refused to concede that she had lost the race. “To be clear,” she told supporters, “this is not a speech of concession.Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede. But my assessment is that the law currently allows no further viable remedy.” For years, Abrams has been fighting the state’s systematic disenfranchisement of voters—most of them African American—at the hands of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the very man who was claiming victory over her in the race for governor...

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