US Elections & Politics

The class issues behind the Democratic Socialists of America’s electoral gains

By Tom Hall, 14 November 2017

The gains made by the DSA last week reflect a shift to the left within the American population, and the determination of the ruling class to use groups like the DSA to direct this into safe political channels.

As Trump seeks to revive bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare

Democrats push for bipartisan plan to slash health care

By Barry Grey, 20 July 2017

The Democratic Party response to Republican disarray over health care is to push for a bipartisan bill that would “fix” Obamacare to make it even more punitive for working people and more profitable for the giant insurance companies.

Trump’s attack on the press

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2017

A recognition of the deeply reactionary content of Trump’s polemics does not require that one be sentimental about his immediate targets.

The Sessions hearing: Another anti-Russian diversion while the social counterrevolution in America deepens

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2017

Not one Democratic senator sought to question Sessions about the actual policies of the Trump administration toward immigrants or victims of police violence.

Trump’s scorched-earth budget: $1.7 trillion in cuts to vital social programs

By Kate Randall, 24 May 2017

Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” is a 52-page declaration of war against the working class.

Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina redistricting

By our reporter, 24 May 2017

The court ruling deals a blow to efforts by the Republican Party to draw electoral boundaries that would pack black voters into a small number of districts.

Federal judge halts new Trump travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2017

The ruling cites numerous statements by candidate Donald Trump declaring his intention to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

US health care debate: A bipartisan drive to lower life expectancy

By Jerry White, 16 March 2017

The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2017

It is impossible to separate the fight against the Trump administration from the fight against the social and economic order that has produced it: capitalism.

The International Socialist Organization and the CIA-led anti-Russia campaign

By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017

The ISO has been virtually silent on the raging conflict between the Trump White House and the intelligence agencies over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump names Iraq war general and militarist as national security adviser

By Patrick Martin, 21 February 2017

The selection of McMaster is seen as a concession to the anti-Russian campaign waged by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party and sections of the Republican Party.

Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resigns

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2017

The controversy over what Flynn told Moscow’s ambassador underscores the intense conflict within Washington’s military and intelligence apparatus over US war policy.

Nazis in the Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017

The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017

Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.

Trump defies mass protests against anti-immigrant measures

By Eric London, 30 January 2017

Tens of thousands gathered at airports and city centers on Sunday to protest the Trump administration’s illegal ban on travelers from Muslim countries.

Sanders backs Trump’s “America First” economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 24 January 2017

After Trump signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Bernie Sanders praised him and said he would be “delighted” to work with the new president.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support General “Mad Dog” Mattis as head of Pentagon

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2017

The former Democratic presidential candidate Sanders also voted to confirm General John Kelly as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Special report

Massive worldwide protests against Trump presidency

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 January 2017

Millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world, spanning every continent, in the largest global protests since the run-up to the Iraq war.

Democrats overwhelmingly back nominees

Senate confirms Trump generals to head Pentagon, Homeland Security

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2017

The lopsided support of the Democrats for Trump's military nominees highlights the basic agreement of both big business parties on a policy of expanded militarism and war abroad and increased repression at home.

US media on inauguration day: Toadyism, triviality, social blindness

By David Walsh, 21 January 2017

In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.

Trump prepares to slash federal budget by $10.5 trillion over next decade

By Niles Niemuth, 20 January 2017

The Trump transition team is developing a federal budget proposal containing historic cuts, based on a blueprint drawn up by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By our reporter, 20 January 2017

The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.

Massive police mobilization on eve of Trump’s inauguration

By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017

Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.

US Senate panel rubber stamps “Mad Dog” Mattis for Pentagon chief

By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2017

All but one Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense.

Corporate donations to Trump inauguration top $100 million

By Shelley Connor, 19 January 2017

The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.

Notes on the Trump transition

Wall Street lawyer to head Securities and Exchange Commission

By Tom Hall, 5 January 2017

Trump’s appointment of Jay Clayton to head the SEC is another sign that his administration intends to remove all restrictions on the financial industry.

Final election figures show Clinton won popular vote by nearly three million

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2016

Neither the Democratic Party nor the corporate media has made an issue of Trump’s lack of any popular mandate for his ultra-right program.

Trump to bring private security staff to White House

By Ed Hightower, 22 December 2016

Press accounts this week detail president-elect Donald Trump’s intention to retain a private security staff upon occupying the White House.

As Electoral College rubber-stamps election

Trump adds another billionaire to his administration

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2016

Vincent Viola, a commodities speculator and owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, is the sixth billionaire in the Trump administration.

Dylann Roof convicted on all counts in Charleston church massacre

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2016

The gunman had ties to white supremacist groups which supported right-wing Republican politicians.

Trump picks oil mogul as secretary of state

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2016

The nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson puts the finishing touches on Trump’s government of billionaires.

Obama’s parting shot at Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2016

While Obama and the Democrats bow to Trump as he assembles the most right-wing administration in US history, they remain concerned that he is insufficiently bellicose toward Moscow.

CEOs, Wall Street to drive Trump economic policy

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016

Hedge fund boss Stephen Schwarzman will chair the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which will begin meeting with Trump on economic policy after his inauguration.

Trump backers sue to block recounts

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016

Lawsuits were filed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump’s margin of victory has shrunk dramatically.

Obama extends global reach of US Special Operations death squads

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2016

The global mandate of the new formation means US death squads could be sent virtually anywhere, from European cities to South American jungles, including in the United States itself.

Obama denounces recount effort

By Eric London, 28 November 2016

President Barack Obama is denouncing an entirely legitimate legal action to verify the outcome of the election in states where the result was exceptionally close.

The 19,000 Dow: Markets soar on prospects for profiteering under Trump

By Nick Beams, 24 November 2016

Trump’s agenda for the US economy bears a striking resemblance to his own business operations: a mixture of tax evasion, swindling and profit-gouging.

A chilling attack on free speech

Trump attempts to bully cast of Hamilton over criticism of anti-democratic policies

By David Walsh, 21 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump responded to concerns about his incoming administration as expressed by the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton with a series of thuggish, threatening Tweets.

Trump begins selecting ultra-right cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2016

His appointments are a Southern racist to run the Justice Department, an anti-Muslim bigot for national security adviser, and a congressman tied to the Koch brothers as CIA director.

Trump transition team discussing registry of Muslims

By our reporter, 19 November 2016

In the wake of a television appearance in which a Trump campaign activist said that a registry of Muslim visitors to the United States could be justified under the “precedent” set by the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, a leader of the Trump transition team has revealed that a formal proposal for such a registry is under discussion.

After the election of Trump: The realignment of US politics

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2016

The Democratic Party leadership is moving very rapidly to align itself with Trump, based on a program of economic nationalism and trade war.

Vice President Biden, Senate Democrats redouble pledge to work with Trump

By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2016

The cordial words from leading Democrats come amidst growing protests against Trump’s election, centered among high school students and youth.

Race, class and the election of Trump

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2016

The lack of enthusiasm for Clinton was fundamentally a class response to a crony of Wall Street with a record of militarism and corruption.

Trump wins US presidential election

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defeated his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in a stunning upset and debacle for the Democratic Party.

Trump’s victory and the debacle of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 9 November 2016

Such is the level of political crisis in the United States that it has elevated an obscene charlatan and billionaire demagogue to the highest office in the land.

SEP candidates speak with voters at the polls in Michigan

By our reporters, 9 November 2016

Jerry White and Niles Niemuth spoke with workers about their thoughts on the candidates and what is to come after the elections.

The idiot speaks: Slavoj Žižek endorses Donald Trump

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2016

Slavoj Žižek, the darling of the academic pseudo-left, continued his open embrace of right-wing politics by endorsing the fascistic Republican candidate for president.

FBI concludes extended probe into Clinton emails

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2016

The ending of the investigation was made public only nine days after the shock announcement that the probe had been resumed, which dealt a blow to the Clinton presidential campaign.

US election campaign reveals mass alienation from two-party system

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2016

A New York Times/CBS poll found that voters, by a six-to-one margin, were disgusted by the Clinton-Trump contest.

War of smears and scandals in US election campaign

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2016

The presidential election campaign is being conducted in a way designed to avoid any serious examination of the critical issues of war, economic inequality and attacks on democratic rights.

Political tensions mount in final week of US election campaign

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2016

Both the Democratic and Republican campaigns are preparing for a contested outcome of the November 8 vote.

Leaked emails reveal Clinton campaign deception over Flint

By James Brewer, 2 November 2016

The latest round of emails released by WikiLeaks reveals that Clinton was tipped off a day in advance of the Flint debate about a resident’s question.

Black Lives Matter’s DeRay Mckesson endorses Hillary Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 2 November 2016

For any who retain illusions that this advocate of racialist politics and Black Lives Matter are anti-establishment, the Washington Post piece should serve as a useful antidote.

The 2016 US election and the crisis of the two-party system

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2016

The bitter conflict within the political establishment following FBI Director James Comey’s intervention in the election has exposed the deep crisis of bourgeois rule in the US.

Leaked documents detail how Wall Street bought the Clintons

By Patrick Martin, 28 October 2016

Memos released this week by WikiLeaks document how Bill and Hillary Clinton milked their corporate paymasters to accumulate a fortune of $150 million.

Clinton: “I love having the support of real billionaires”

By a reporter, 28 October 2016

Speaking in Florida, Clinton saluted her capitalist overlords.

US media steps up campaign for Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2016

The editorials denouncing Donald Trump and the flurry of exposés of his shady business practices are part of an effort by the US ruling elite to drag the campaign of Hillary Clinton across the finish line.

Sanders stumps for Clinton at University of New Hampshire

By Barry Grey, 29 September 2016

Sanders evidently believes the American people are infinitely gullible and cannot see through a “political revolution” that consists of supporting the favored candidate of the financial aristocracy and the CIA.

The US presidential debate and the war plans of the ruling class

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2016

Clinton used the debate to continue the war-mongering diatribes against Russia that have dominated her campaign, along with her attacks on Trump as a stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On the eve of the US election debate: The politics of the grotesque

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2016

The first debate of the presidential election campaign takes place under conditions of growing crisis, both at home and abroad.

Clinton steps up anti-Russian campaign against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2016

Former top national security officials are spearheading the neo-McCarthyite effort to portray the Republican presidential candidate as a tool of Moscow.

Jerry White speaks in Detroit and Ann Arbor

SEP presidential candidate warns of war dangers

By a reporting team, 24 September 2016

The meetings in both Ann Arbor and Detroit sparked intense discussion, questions and interest in the party’s election campaign and its history.

Clinton courts wealthy donors

By Josh Varlin, 22 September 2016

As Clinton’s support among the broader population, especially youth, wanes, she is increasingly turning toward the rich and super-rich.

The threat of world war: The great unmentionable in the 2016 campaign

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2016

Neither Clinton nor Trump is discussing the increasing likelihood of a US war with Russia or China, although the Pentagon is making active preparations.

Clinton campaign in crisis over plunging support among younger voters

By Zaida Green, 17 September 2016

Former Vice President Al Gore, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders all made appearances to insist that young people must back Clinton.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White denounces war, advances socialist program at third party forum

By our reporter, 17 September 2016

White participated in a radio forum of third-party and independent presidential candidates held at Flint’s Mott Community College.

Clinton’s fall in the polls and the crisis of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2016

Clinton holds only a narrowing lead over Trump because the Democratic Party is incapable of making a genuine appeal to working people and youth facing unemployment, poverty and low wages.

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War

The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

By The Socialist Equality Party, 15 September 2016

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

Clinton steps up appeals to Republicans, military

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate denounced Republican Donald Trump for his praise of Putin and his claim that the US generals had been reduced to “rubble” under Obama.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White kicks off fall campaign with meeting in Chicago

By our reporters, 10 September 2016

White spoke to workers and youth about the expansion of war, the growth of social inequality, and the need for a socialist political leadership to guide the struggles of the working class.

As Clinton escalates war threats, Sanders begins campaigning for Democratic nominee

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2016

Sanders will carry out his first official activity as drum major in the Clinton campaign by taking part in Labor Day events in New Hampshire on Monday.

Clinton highlights Trump’s ultra-right ties to curry favor with establishment Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate used a speech in Reno, Nevada to step up her right-wing appeal for support from Republicans and conservatives.

Socialist Equality Party campaigns for ballot status in Louisiana

By Tom Hall and Aaron Asa, 4 August 2016

Throughout the state, campaigners found widespread disaffection with the political establishment and interest in the party’s socialist program.

The Green Party platform: Reformist politics in the service of imperialism

By Tom Hall, 4 August 2016

The Greens are being falsely presented as a “left” alternative in order to prevent workers and youth from drawing the necessary political lessons from the debacle of the Sanders campaign.

US courts strike down “Voter ID” laws in four states

By Ed Hightower, 3 August 2016

Recent court rulings concerning attacks on the right to vote in several states underscore the deeply anti-democratic character of “Voter ID” laws

Hillary Clinton’s dishonest, empty acceptance speech

By David Walsh, 29 July 2016

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party nomination for president Thursday night. Everything about the final portion of the Democratic National Convention rang false.

Obama’s legacy: Identity politics in the service of war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2016

The Obama administration has marked the return of the Democrats to their roots as the premier party of US imperialism.

With platform changes, Democrats seek to conceal record of attacks on public education

By Khara Sikhan, 29 July 2016

The Democratic Party, working in collusion with the unions, changed the wording of its party platform to hide Clinton’s record of promoting for-profit charter schools and anti-teacher measures.

The New York Times, the state and the making of an amalgam

Who is James Bennet?

By Tom Hall, 29 July 2016

Bennet's family exemplifies the politically incestuous relationship between the media and the political establishment and state apparatus.

Democratic convention nominates Hillary Clinton

By Barry Grey, 27 July 2016

The official nomination of Clinton was part of a carefully-scripted spectacle designed to portray a corrupt and reactionary capitalist party as a vehicle of progress.

War and the Democratic National Convention

By Andre Damon, 27 July 2016

The great unmentionable in the 2016 election is the far-advanced US preparation for military conflict against Russia and China.

DNC’s leaked emails expose corrupt funding practices within the Democratic Party

By Isaac Finn, 27 July 2016

Internal Democratic National Committee emails detail the funneling of donations to the DNC and Clinton campaign, as well as perks to large contributors.

Sanders heaps praise on the “billionaire class’s” chosen candidate

By Jerry White—SEP (US) candidate for president, 27 July 2016

From the beginning the Sanders campaign was a political trap to corral social opposition and contain it within the Democratic Party.

Democratic convention: Sanders caps off a day of deceit and demagogy

By Barry Grey, 26 July 2016

Bernie Sanders sought to turn reality on its head by presenting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as fighters for the interests of the common people.

Clinton’s VP pick Tim Kaine: A supporter of war and big business

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2016

The selection of a figure with Kaine’s political resume is a clear indication of the right-wing administration that Clinton intends to form if she is elected president.

The promotion of racial politics and the US elections

By Barry Grey, 18 July 2016

The central issue in the struggle against police violence and all attacks on democratic rights is the unification of the working class in a common struggle against capitalism.

Democratic platform deal sets stage for Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton

By Jerry White, 12 July 2016

The political theatre in Orlando was aimed at convincing Sanders supporters that the Vermont senator’s “political revolution” had shifted the Democrats and Clinton to the left.

Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI in email investigation

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate was accompanied by five lawyers for her three-hour interview.

At the People’s Summit: An opportunist debate over Clinton vs. the Green Party’s Stein

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2016

A workshop on “democratic socialism” at the People’s Summit turned into a discussion of how far to go in supporting Hillary Clinton.

Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2016

Sanders’ speech exposes the real character of his “political revolution,” which has always been about channeling opposition behind the Democrats and Clinton.

Hillary Clinton and the “Spirit of 9/12”

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 17 June 2016

Clinton has seized on the tragedy in Orlando to distract the population from questions of economic inequality and steamroll opposition to the attack on democratic rights and the expansion of war.

Jerry White speaks on the next stage of the US presidential elections

By Jerry White—SEP presidential candidate, 11 June 2016

The American people are presented with a “choice” between two right-wing candidates of war and reaction.

With frontrunner’s poll numbers falling in California

Clinton campaign, media rush to declare Clinton the Democratic nominee

By Barry Grey, 7 June 2016

The rush to declare Clinton the presumptive nominee is a measure not of political strength on the part of the Clinton campaign, but rather immense weakness and crisis.

Who will follow the example of Muhammad Ali’s principled stand in our day?

By David Walsh, 6 June 2016

The former heavyweight boxing champion, who died June 3, made his chief mark on history and popular consciousness by his courageous opposition to the Vietnam War.

As her poll numbers decline, Clinton appeals to military in San Diego speech

By E.P. Bannon and Eric London, 4 June 2016

On the eve of the California primaries, Hillary Clinton made the case to the military-intelligence apparatus that she is best-suited to defend the interests of the ruling class abroad.

California Primary highlights political crisis in Democratic Party

By David Brown, 31 May 2016

Leading Democrats in California are nervous that Sanders cannot control the social unrest that he is trying to channel into the Democratic Party.

As Clinton crisis intensfies, Sanders pledges to back Democratic Party nominee

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2016

With eight days to go before the final round of presidential primaries, Sanders reiterated his pledge to support Clinton if she prevails in the campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Author Steven Brust replies to petition of writers against Trump

30 May 2016

Science fiction and fantasy author Steven Brust wrote the following letter in reply to a petition being circulated among writers opposed to Trump’s candidacy for US president.

Socialist Equality Party candidates campaign at Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck plant

By WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2016

Many autoworkers expressed anger that the United Auto Workers is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for US president.

Bernie Sanders campaigns in San Diego, California

By our reporters, 23 May 2016

Sanders stopped in San Diego, California, for a two-day campaign swing, including a rally Saturday night in National City, near the US-Mexico border, where he addressed a crowd of some 10,000.