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

Trump and Bannon: Busting Up the World

Steve Bannon, the erstwhile White House strategist, has added a new project to his portfolio—one designed, like all Bannon projects, to harness the worst in a situation to make it worser. His latest focuses on an adversary that troubles those on both left and right: China. But Bannon’s aim is hardly to reduce tensions between the U.S. and China; he means to ratchet up the trade war, a prospect that surely plants a smirk on the face of Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation. Together with professional Islamophobe Frank Gaffney, Bannon leads something called the Committee on the Present Danger: China, a name risen from the ashes of the Red Scare of the 1950s. On Thursday, Bannon, Gaffney, and a handful of ideological private capitalists gathered in the St. Regis Hotel in New York not simply to scaremonger about China—about which there is much to worry, from human rights to lack of any rule of law—but to declare war. Should Trump arrive at a trade...

‘The Brink’: Inside Steve Bannon’s Plan to Ruin the World

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If you ever wondered about the capacity of a broken, pathetic person to fuck up the world, Alison Klayman offers a case study in her documentary The Brink , which turns its lens on Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart News chief executive and sacked chief strategist to President Donald J. Trump. The filmmaker finds Bannon regrouping in the wake of his banishment from Breitbart-world, to which he had returned following his ouster from the White House. Bannon likes to call himself an “economic nationalist,” but it was white nationalism that led to his White House ouster, when he took the fall for Trump’s outrageous remarks following the violence instigated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. In a press conference soon after the incident, the president proclaimed that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the demonstrations there—one side being people who assembled ostensibly to defend a statue of Confederate General...

The GOP’s Crocodile Tears for the Victims of Mosque Massacres

Before he vetoed the resolution approved by Congress rebuking his usurpation of the constitutional powers of the legislative branch through his emergency declaration, President Donald J. Trump offered what were intended to be soothing words to those contemplating the horrors of attacks on two New Zealand mosques by a white nationalist. Expressing solidary with the people of New Zealand, the president said, “These sacred places of worship were turned into scenes of evil killing—” The president’s words are remarkable only in their insincerity. For nearly two decades, Trump has been part of an apparatus for which Islamophobia is an animating force. When a Muslim group sought to build a community center in lower Manhattan at a site near the ashes of the World Trade Center, Trump jumped on the bandwagon helmed by Muslim-hater Pamela Geller, who dubbed the doomed project the “ Ground Zero mosque .” Interviewed by David Letterman in September 2010, Trump...

Liar, Racist, Cheat: This is Your President, America -- With the CPAC Seal of Approval

Until his arrival at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, President Donald J. Trump was having a pretty crummy week. Presumably low on sleep, after pulling something of an all-nighter in Hanoi on Wednesday/Thursday to watch his former fixer break some shit before the House Oversight Committee, and then dealing with the jet lag of his return from a failed summit in Vietnam with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Trump must’ve chug-a-lugged a six-pack of Diet Cokes before his appearance at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. There he delivered the longest speech of his presidency—perhaps of any U.S. presidency so far. For longer than two hours, the leader of the United States of America unleashed a relentless stream of lies, hate speech, insults, and violent imagery, all to the delight of those in attendance. “Four more years!” they chanted. (That is, when they weren’t chanting “Lock her up!” at the...

Stacey Abrams and Nancy Pelosi Just May Save America

Fear not, America—the women are coming to save you. If there was any one message that was coherent and all-encompassing to take from the spectacle of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, it was that. The Resistance is real and meaningful, and it’s being led by women. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi performed with mastery from her seat behind and above the presidential podium, most notably with an epic clap-back that landed practically in the face of President Donald J. Trump, our pussy-grabber-in-chief. From her perch, she conducted her chorus of exuberant white-clad congresswomen like a maestro. All while saying nary a word. Trump had apparently bet that in silence, the speaker would be robbed of her power. He couldn’t even bear to have her gavel him in, couldn’t stand to hear his introduction come out of the mouth of the woman who controls the largest federal legislative body. So as she stood with the gavel, poised to announce her honor and privilege...

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