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.

Trump Won’t Steal the Election, but Your Governor Might

Trump Won’t Steal the Election, but Your Governor Might Trump Won’t Steal the Election, but Your Governor Might

There are lots of ways to prevent people from voting besides canceling the election, and the coronavirus provides the perfect excuse.

Mar 18, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Trump Isn’t In Charge—So Who the Hell Is?

Trump Isn’t In Charge—So Who the Hell Is? Trump Isn’t In Charge—So Who the Hell Is?

In the absence of a serious federal response, it’s up to the 50 state governors, and numerous localities, to figure this out on their own.

Mar 17, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

The Judiciary Still Hasn’t Reckoned With Its #MeToo Problem

The Judiciary Still Hasn’t Reckoned With Its #MeToo Problem The Judiciary Still Hasn’t Reckoned With Its #MeToo Problem

Thanks to their immense power, federal judges have a license to harass—and no one is trying to stop them.

Mar 13, 2020 / Column / Elie Mystal

Trump’s Coronavirus Response Is Going to Get Someone Hurt

Trump’s Coronavirus Response Is Going to Get Someone Hurt Trump’s Coronavirus Response Is Going to Get Someone Hurt

In the absence of any real plans to stem the virus, Trump is turning to the kind of “us vs. them” rhetoric that can only lead to violence.

Mar 12, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Texas polling station

Finally, a Useful Role for Bloomberg in 2020—Supporting Voting Rights Finally, a Useful Role for Bloomberg in 2020—Supporting Voting Rights

The failed presidential contender has begun backing critical voting rights efforts—and not a moment too soon.

Mar 11, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Elizabeth Warren at a campaign rally on Super Tuesday

Sexism Sank Elizabeth Warren Sexism Sank Elizabeth Warren

Warren was a brilliant candidate who would have made a great president. The problem? She’s a woman—and she isn’t “perfect.”

Mar 5, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Our Capitalist, Corporatist Country Is Drastically Unprepared for the Coronavirus

Our Capitalist, Corporatist Country Is Drastically Unprepared for the Coronavirus Our Capitalist, Corporatist Country Is Drastically Unprepared for the Coronavirus

Stemming the tide of coronavirus may require lots of people to stay home from work. The problem is, that’s a luxury many workers can’t afford.

Mar 4, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Black Voters Didn’t Vote for Biden in South Carolina Because They ‘Lack Information’

Black Voters Didn’t Vote for Biden in South Carolina Because They ‘Lack Information’ Black Voters Didn’t Vote for Biden in South Carolina Because They ‘Lack Information’

Black voters opted for Biden because they have no faith that white voters will do the right thing and vote for a true progressive.

Mar 2, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Sonia Sotomayor Just Issued a Serious Warning About the Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor Just Issued a Serious Warning About the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor Just Issued a Serious Warning About the Supreme Court

But the media got distracted by Trump’s tweets and missed her message.

Feb 28, 2020 / Elie Mystal

If We Don’t Reform the Supreme Court, Nothing Else Will Matter

If We Don’t Reform the Supreme Court, Nothing Else Will Matter If We Don’t Reform the Supreme Court, Nothing Else Will Matter

The court has been captured by conservatives for at least a generation, but there are ways to restore the balance.

Feb 28, 2020 / Feature / Elie Mystal

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