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 Attacks Constitutional Freedoms as He Ratchets Up Authoritarian Corruption

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(Sipa USA via AP Images) I ’m no fan of John Brennan—or of James Comey, for that matter. But President Donald J. Trump’s revocation of the former’s security clearance, and threat of the same for the latter, should be a matter of grave concern to even those who despise former CIA Director Brennan for his involvement in the “ extraordinary rendition ” program of the Bush administration, and his approval of so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques on prisoners suspected of ties to terrorism. That’s because it wasn’t for those reasons, of course, that Trump revoked Brennan’s clearance; if anything, Trump would likely say Brennan’s brand of torture wasn’t “tough” enough. No, the reason Trump gave to The Wall Street Journal for his action against Brennan was this: the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Trump’s behalf. As CNN tells it , “Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama, was one of the intelligence chiefs who signed off on the...

White Supremacist-in-Chief Goes Golfing as D.C. Prepares for Hate Rally

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(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Demonstrators gather at the White House on August 14, 2017, after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a few days earlier. T his Sunday, as racist, self-described “defenders of Western values” assemble across the street from the White House, the president who brought those hate-mongers to prominence will be golfing in New Jersey. Unable to secure a permit for a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the first anniversary of the melee instigated there last year by groups from the far right, organizer Jason Kessler decided to bring his sorry band of white supremacists to Washington, D.C. Like the Proud Boys fight club with which he allies himself, Kessler is a Trump booster, no doubt one of “the very fine people on both sides.” You’ll recall that those words of the president’s, uttered in response to the violence that took place in the streets of Charlottesville last year, were spoken from a meeting room at the president’s New...

The Real Enemy of the People Sits in the Oval Office

Trump’s attacks on the press amount to an assault on democracy.

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(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) President Donald Trump at a campaign rally on August 2, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I n a 2017 Freedom House report titled “ Breaking Down Democracy: Goals, Strategies and Methods of Modern Authoritarians ,” author Arch Puddington notes, “The rewriting of history for political purposes is common among modern authoritarians.” Though the line was used to describe the actions of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, it fittingly applies, as well, to Donald J. Trump, president of the United States. At a rally last night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the president characteristically whipped his supporters into a frenzy of repeated Two Minutes Hate rantings against the news media . What made it different this time, though, are the events that preceded it. First Daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, earlier in the day, told Mike Allen of Axios that she does not view the press as “the enemy of the people,” an assertion her father has made...

Trump, Putin, and the Plague on America

It’s not just them—it’s us.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One I n March of 1973, White House Counsel John Dean famously told Richard Nixon, “There’s a cancer on the presidency.” Dean referred, of course, to criminal actions taken on the president’s behalf, and the president’s involvement of a cover-up. Today, there’s clearly a disease on the presidency—and on the entire Cabinet, and on the majority in Congress, as well. But more than that, the plague is overtaking the body politic. There’s a pox on all of our houses. I recall when the Republican brand was a patriarchal vision dressed up in patriotism. Ironically (or not), it was that “love it or leave it” variety of American nationalism that led us to the abandonment of loyalty to the notion of American democracy—of an America led by Americans. The people who voted for and support Donald Trump don’t care that Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation and no fan of...

Trump Is Selling Out America, and His Supporters Love It

Whatever Putin has on Trump is reshaping global politics.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly, right, watches as Trump departs the East Room of the White House P resident Donald J. Trump loves Vladimir Putin, the Russian strongman—as do the right-wingers who love Trump. Some on the far right see Putin as the restorer of Christendom ; others simply see him as a champion of the white race . Donald Trump apparently sees Putin as the savior of, well, Donald Trump. But motives hardly matter in this new time; for white nationalists like former White House strategist Steve Bannon, Trump’s weakness for Putin serves Bannon’s dark vision for a reordering of the world , one that has little respect for democracy or civil rights. In the days preceding Trump’s visit to London, Bannon got himself a nice hotel suite in which he courted European far-right leaders , such as Brexiteer Nigel Farage and the National Front’s Louis Aliot—during which he stoked the chaos gripping the government of the United Kingdom over...