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.

Black People Repudiated Trump Like He Was a Piece of Used Gum

Black People Repudiated Trump Like He Was a Piece of Used Gum Black People Repudiated Trump Like He Was a Piece of Used Gum

It’s time for centrist Democrats to stop whining about Black Lives Matters protests and start recognizing that Black voters literally saved the election.

Nov 6, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Pennsylvania Voter

Trump Doesn’t Have a Path to Victory Through the Courts Trump Doesn’t Have a Path to Victory Through the Courts

While the election remains uncomfortably close, Trump’s attempts to use far-fetched legal arguments to stop vote counting in states like Pennsylvania are unlikely to succeed.

Nov 5, 2020 / Elie Mystal

America Votes: Live Updates—and Some Rants

America Votes: Live Updates—and Some Rants America Votes: Live Updates—and Some Rants

From the state of play in Texas to the latest scam lawsuits by the GOP, Elie Mystal explains what’s happening and where—and whether we should be freaking out or can breathe a bit e...

Nov 3, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Some Advice for White People on Halloween

Some Advice for White People on Halloween Some Advice for White People on Halloween

Do not wear blackface—ever.

Oct 29, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Amy Coney Barrett

Republicans Have Confirmed Amy Coney Barrett—and Officially Captured the Supreme Court Republicans Have Confirmed Amy Coney Barrett—and Officially Captured the Supreme Court

There’s no longer any way for Democrats to stop her from ascending to the court, but they can stop her bad decisions from ruining millions of lives. They just need to get tough.

Oct 26, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Nancy Pelosi

Democrats Cannot Cave to the Republican Death Cult on the Stimulus Bill Democrats Cannot Cave to the Republican Death Cult on the Stimulus Bill

Liability protection might not sound like an issue worth fighting for, but lives literally depend on whether Democrats hold the line during stimulus negotiations.

Oct 21, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Trump Podium Arizona

We’re Going to Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Recover From Trump We’re Going to Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Recover From Trump

History alone cannot hold Trump and his enablers accountable for the crimes they have committed.

Oct 20, 2020 / Elie Mystal

There Is Only One Solution to the Amy Coney Barrett Debacle

There Is Only One Solution to the Amy Coney Barrett Debacle There Is Only One Solution to the Amy Coney Barrett Debacle

Yes, Democrats must expand the courts. Here’s why, and here’s how.

Oct 15, 2020 / Column / Elie Mystal

Amy Coney Barrett

The Devil in the Many Details of Amy Coney Barrett’s Testimony The Devil in the Many Details of Amy Coney Barrett’s Testimony

The nominee did her best to evade serious questions, but what she did say—about the ACA, Roe v. Wade, and the president’s power to delay elections—should terrify us all.

Oct 14, 2020 / Elie Mystal

The Democrats Might Actually Have a Strategy to Block Amy Coney Barrett

The Democrats Might Actually Have a Strategy to Block Amy Coney Barrett The Democrats Might Actually Have a Strategy to Block Amy Coney Barrett

Democratic senators demonstrated unusual discipline as they hammered away at Barrett’s threat to the Affordable Care Act. The problem is, it may not be enough.

Oct 13, 2020 / Elie Mystal

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