Elie Mystal

Justice Correspondent & Columnist

@ElieNYC

Elie Mystal is The Nation’s justice correspondent and the host of its legal podcast, Contempt of Court. He is also an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Type Media Center. His first book is the New York Times bestseller Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution, published by The New Press. Elie can be followed @ElieNYC.

Goodbye, Trump! Parting Is Such Sweet Joy

Goodbye, Trump! Parting Is Such Sweet Joy Goodbye, Trump! Parting Is Such Sweet Joy

For four years, those of us who care about justice have fought from a defensive crouch. Now, with Biden, we can at least fight standing up, pushing for actual progress.

Jan 20, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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There Can Be No ‘Unity’ With Seditious Republicans There Can Be No ‘Unity’ With Seditious Republicans

There can only be accountability from them.

Jan 14, 2021 / Elie Mystal

I No Longer Trust Law Enforcement to Keep Biden and Harris Safe on Inauguration Day

I No Longer Trust Law Enforcement to Keep Biden and Harris Safe on Inauguration Day I No Longer Trust Law Enforcement to Keep Biden and Harris Safe on Inauguration Day

The siege of the Capitol revealed what most Black people already knew: Law enforcement is in league with Trumpism.

Jan 13, 2021 / Elie Mystal

No Excuses: Biden Can Help End Racist Police Violence—From Day 1

No Excuses: Biden Can Help End Racist Police Violence—From Day 1 No Excuses: Biden Can Help End Racist Police Violence—From Day 1

The incoming president said Black Lives Matter. Now it’s time for him to prove he means it.

Jan 8, 2021 / Column / Elie Mystal

The Confederacy Finally Stormed the Capitol

The Confederacy Finally Stormed the Capitol The Confederacy Finally Stormed the Capitol

And then, because the rioters were white, they were allowed to walk away. But just imagine if they had been Black.

Jan 6, 2021 / 2021 Year in Review / Elie Mystal

How Josh Hawley Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump

How Josh Hawley Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump How Josh Hawley Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump

Until recently, the senator leading the charge to discredit Biden’s victory was a creature of the ultraconservative establishment. Then he discovered Trump’s faux populism.

Jan 6, 2021 / Elie Mystal

People Are Taking the Wrong Lesson From Trump’s Failed Coup

People Are Taking the Wrong Lesson From Trump’s Failed Coup People Are Taking the Wrong Lesson From Trump’s Failed Coup

Trump failed to steal the election because of incompetence, not because our robust institutions defeated him.

Dec 15, 2020 / Column / Elie Mystal

If Senate Democrats Are Sick of Losing, They Should Try Fighting

If Senate Democrats Are Sick of Losing, They Should Try Fighting If Senate Democrats Are Sick of Losing, They Should Try Fighting

As a first step, that means making Sheldon Whitehouse the Democratic leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Dec 1, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Donald Trump Is the Ultimate Super-Spreader

Donald Trump Is the Ultimate Super-Spreader Donald Trump Is the Ultimate Super-Spreader

Trump didn’t merely bungle this country’s pandemic response; he stoked the flames of this third and largest surge.

Nov 25, 2020 / Editorial / Elie Mystal

Sanction Trump’s Election Lawyers—Now!

Sanction Trump’s Election Lawyers—Now! Sanction Trump’s Election Lawyers—Now!

The Trump campaign’s election lawyers are in serious violation of the Rules of Federal Civil Procedure, which explicitly prohibit frivolous lawsuits. It’s time to start holding the...

Nov 24, 2020 / Elie Mystal

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