The 2016 US Elections
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2016
Branstad’s support for the TPP and his unfamiliarity with key foreign policy issues indicate he will not play a significant role in determining US policy toward Beijing.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 December 2016
Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is a vitriolic opponent of social programs to benefit the working class.
By Jerry White, 7 December 2016
The United Steelworkers union praised Trump’s protectionist and chauvinist policies along with his deal with Carrier, which will wipe out 1,300 of the firm’s 2,100 production jobs in Indiana.
By Peter Symonds, 6 December 2016
Trump’s policy in the Asia-Pacific of “peace through strength” is a strategy not of peace, but of war.
By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2016
The selection of retired General James Mattis has been greeted with approval across the political and national-security establishment and in the major organs of the corporate-controlled media.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 December 2016
Trump’s remarks on the Israel/Palestine conflict reflect the most extreme demands of Israel’s settler movement and Netanyahu’s political rival Naftali Bennett.
By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2016
The phone conversation—the first between US and Taiwanese leaders since 1979—undermines decades of protocols based on Washington’s acceptance of the “One China” policy.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 December 2016
Under the watchful eye of the Obama administration, protesters have been subjected to brutal violence from the police and National Guard.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016
Lawsuits were filed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump’s margin of victory has shrunk dramatically.
By Joseph Kishore and Jerry White, 2 December 2016
While couched in populist rhetoric, Trump’s proposals center on corporate tax cuts and deregulation, combined with expanding the military, widening police powers and curtailing immigration.
By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2016
Wisconsin officials began reviewing ballots, while the Trump campaign took legal action to block the recount in Michigan.
By Jerry White, 1 December 2016
Trump reportedly told the CEO of Carrier’s parent company that federal and state tax cuts and the lifting of corporate regulations could save more money than moving to Mexico.
By Nick Barrickman, 1 December 2016
The naming of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services signals the intention of the incoming Trump administration to begin the dismantling of Medicare.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016
Trump’s statement on flag-burning reflects not only the authoritarian disposition of the president-elect, but the far-reaching decay of bourgeois democracy in the United States.
A cabinet of billionaires
By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2016
Trump has picked Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and anti-Medicare zealot Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
By John Burton, 30 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet that people who burn the American flag in protest should be stripped of their citizenship is a repudiation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
By E.P. Milligan, 30 November 2016
Trump has business interests in real estate, management and branding in no less than 18 foreign countries, spanning virtually the entire globe.
By Evan Blake and Barry Grey, 30 November 2016
The organization ignores factual analyses of the actual vote to present a false interpretation of the election as the expression of a society dominated by racism.
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.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 29 November 2016
Three weeks after the US presidential election, the political crisis triggered by the initiative to recount the vote in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is escalating.
By Evan Winters, 29 November 2016
Ross made billions destroying the pensions, jobs and living standards of steel, coal, auto and textile workers.
By our reporter, 29 November 2016
Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported since election day.
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.
By Nick Beams, 26 November 2016
The European Central Bank has warned of increased financial turbulence as a result of the rise in interest rates and the trade policies of a Trump administration.
By Eric London, 26 November 2016
An organization that billionaire Betsy DeVos led and financed for a decade recently published an article advocating the return of child labor.
By Steve James, 26 November 2016
The Scottish National Party had anticipated a Clinton victory and was considering how best to use it to add weight to the case for a reversal of the Brexit referendum.
By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2016
Trump has not only sunk the Trans Pacific Partnership but called into question the entire basis of the post-World War II order in the Asia Pacific.
By Nick Barrickman, 25 November 2016
In the first of many attacks on the living standards of American workers, the incoming Trump administration is targeting federal employees for job and pension cuts.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 November 2016
The leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are demanding EU members drastically increase their military spending.
By Mike Head, 25 November 2016
“America first” protectionism could lead to trade wars that would crash the global economy, with disastrous consequences for Australian capitalism.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 25 November 2016
Canada’s elite is determined to deepen collaboration with Washington as it pursues, under the most right-wing administration in US history, confrontation with its main rivals.
By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2016
Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is being largely ignored by the American media and the political establishment, including the Democratic Party leadership.
By James Brookfield, 24 November 2016
The newly elected Democratic leader is a defender of Wall Street who backed the war in Iraq.
By Tom Carter, 24 November 2016
The assault on democratic rights under cover of the “war on terror” has provided the incoming Trump administration with a pseudo-legal framework to impose authoritarian methods of rule.
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.
By Halil Celik, 24 November 2016
Turkish officials initially reacted to Trump’s election by escalating the drive towards authoritarian forms of rule and signaling a possible warming of ties with China.
By our correspondents, 24 November 2016
The Socialist Equality Group is campaigning for a public meeting this Sunday on the causes and implications of Donald Trump’s election.
By Andrea Peters, 23 November 2016
While the Kremlin is responding positively to Trump’s election, the US president-elect is appointing anti-Russian hawks to his incoming administration.
By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2016
Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”
By Barry Grey, 22 November 2016
The video underscored the ferocious nationalism and militarism, combined with anti-immigrant racism and pro-corporate deregulation, that will define Trump’s administration.
By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2016
Trump lost the popular vote more decisively than any previous winner of the Electoral College vote.
By Mike Head, 21 November 2016
The meeting was dominated by anxiety and uncertainty in the face of an incoming Trump administration based on protectionist and nationalist policies.
By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2016
As the Democratic Party seeks to normalize the transfer of power to Trump, the appointments of the president-elect confirm the historically unprecedented character of the incoming US administration.
By Tom Eley, 21 November 2016
The unprecedentedly right-wing cabinet being formed is meeting no opposition from the Democrats.
A chilling attack on free speech
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.
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.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 19 November 2016
India’s elite calculates Trump’s hardline positions vis-a-vis China and Pakistan will provide New Delhi with a strategic boost over its principal Asian rivals.
By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2016
Well before the content of Trump’s foreign policy has come into focus, it is clear that his election marks a historic shift in world affairs, raising the specter of global conflict.
19 November 2016
The meeting will explain the political factors behind Trump’s election and outline the program of socialist internationalism that the working class must adopt.
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.
By Nick Beams, 18 November 2016
There is a sense in Japanese ruling circles that the election of Donald Trump as US president is a political earthquake that has shattered the foundations of the post-war order.
”We have people in office that support war. We no longer need them”
By Zac Corrigan, 18 November 2016
As youth-led protests sweep the nation, students at Cass Technical High School in downtown Detroit spoke out against the election of Trump and the escalating wars.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 November 2016
Trade union officials celebrated the nationalist agenda that Trump has pledged to carry out, while seeking to promote the idea that the Democratic Party can be pushed to the left.
By Clodomiro Puentes, 18 November 2016
The election of Trump and his stated positions on immigration and foreign trade have created a mood of unease in Mexican ruling circles.
By Marianne Arens, 18 November 2016
Beppe Grillo, the initiator of the Five-Star Movement, joins a long chain of right-wing and far-right politicians who have welcomed the election of Donald Trump.
SEP and IYSSE public meetings
18 November 2016
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding meetings throughout the country on the origins and implications of the US elections.
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.
“Workers are going to see Trump is not going to do anything for them”
By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2016
Autoworkers contacted by the WSWS acknowledged that Trump had been able to tap into the deep social anger and alienation among workers towards the political establishment.
By Barry Grey, 17 November 2016
An entire generation of youth is entering into politics and being radicalized by the advent of the most right-wing government in American history.
By The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016
The opposition expressed by students and young people in demonstrations across the US stands in sharp contrast to the abject capitulation of the Democratic Party to Donald Trump.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2016
Former New York Mayor Giuliani, named as top choice for secretary of state, condemned the Obama administration for failing to “even threaten to use our military” against Russia.
By our reporters, 16 November 2016
The protests on Tuesday follow the press conference of Obama on Monday, when he urged Americans to “reconcile themselves” with a Trump presidency.
By Tom Carter, 16 November 2016
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has unleashed a series of tweets calling for a “state of emergency” to be declared and for the ongoing anti-Trump protests to be violently “quelled” by the military.
By Mike Head, 16 November 2016
While the Beijing regime is clearly anxious to reach an accommodation with Trump, it is preparing for an historic collision.
By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2016
Obama aimed to reassure the European ruling classes that Donald Trump's election would not undermine their relations with the United States.
By Robert Stevens, 16 November 2016
Placing its fortunes in the hands of a reviled and unstable figure such as Trump is a measure of the May government’s political desperation.
By David Walsh, 16 November 2016
In two open letters last Friday, the New York Times expressed regret for its coverage of the US election and promised to approach the Donald Trump administration “without bias.”
By Chris Marsden, 16 November 2016
Mason and others within Britain’s pseudo-left and liberal commentariat seek to dress up a strategic reorientation of imperialist policy in a progressive cloak.
By Patrick Martin, 15 November 2016
The Democratic president emphasized his desire for a “smooth transition” to a government by an ultra-right Republican opposed by a majority of the American people.
By Toby Reese, 15 November 2016
This past Saturday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in California cities and throughout the United States.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 November 2016
Thousands in Portland have participated in demonstations and marches to show their opposition to Donald Trump’s extreme right-wing policies
By Dorota Niemitz and Clara Weiss, 15 November 2016
Sharp divisions in the reaction to Donald Trump’s election victory exposed differences over foreign policy among Poland’s ruling elites.
By our reporters, 15 November 2016
Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2016
Trump's rise to power signals a drastic political realignment within the American ruling class.
Public meetings in New Zealand and Australia
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 15 November 2016
These meetings will clarify the immense political questions raised by Trump’s victory. Who is responsible? What conclusions must be drawn?
By Tom Eley, 14 November 2016
Trump’s appointment of a fascist as a top advisor and his plans to deport millions of immigrants are the initial moves of what will be the most right-wing government in American history.
By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2016
As Trump assembles his administration, the Democratic Party and the media seek to normalize a government of the extreme right the likes of which has never been seen in American history.
By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2016
Demonstrations continued coast to coast over the weekend against the election of Donald Trump and his far-right and anti-immigrant politics.
By our reporters, 14 November 2016
For the second time in a week, anti-Trump protesters gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday morning expressing social anger felt throughout the United States in the wake of Trump’s election.
By our reporters, 14 November 2016
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the Los Angeles area over the weekend to protest the election of Donald Trump.
By Nick Beams, 14 November 2016
The decline in emerging bond and currency markets hit Latin America, South Africa and Asia, driven by fears of rising interest rates and protectionist measures in the US.
By Mike Head, 14 November 2016
The initial conciliatory remarks between Trump and Abe cannot hide the heightened tensions between the two imperialist powers.
By Gabriel Black, 14 November 2016
Moore has been brought forward to keep the broadly felt popular opposition to president-elect Donald Trump from breaking free of the political semi-corpse of the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin and David North, 12 November 2016
California state and local government officials reported Thursday afternoon that as many as five million votes remain to be counted in the presidential election.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 November 2016
Major appointments are expected soon, as the incoming administration prepares to step up deregulation and increase the attacks on immigrants and all sections of the working class.
By our reporters, 12 November 2016
The outrage at the election of Trump stands in contrast to efforts by the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign to unify behind Trump’s impending presidency.
By James Cogan, 12 November 2016
A panicked Australian political establishment has rushed to accommodate to the election of Trump, while seeking to work out its implications.
By Eric London, 12 November 2016
The claim that the election of Trump was due to the racism of the “white working class” is a false narrative exploded by the most basic analysis of the data.
Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference
SEP candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates Naomi Spencer speaks on the social crisis in Appalachia
12 November 2016
Spencer reviewed the experience of her campaign in one of the poorest areas of the country, which has been devastated by mass unemployment, the drug and suicide epidemic and government indifference.
By Jerry White, 12 November 2016
It did not take long for the executives that run the trade unions to offer their loyal services to President-elect Donald Trump.
By Nick Beams, 11 November 2016
The sharp rise in stock prices is being driven both by Trump’s pro-corporate policies and the support he has received from the Democratic Party establishment.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2016
The newspapers Die Zeit and Die Süddeutsche are exploiting anxiety over a Trump presidency to campaign for the return of German militarism.
By Roger Jordan, 11 November 2016
Canada’s purportedly “progressive” Liberal government has rushed to partner with what will be the most right-wing administration in US history.
By Andre Damon, 11 November 2016
In rushing to support Trump, the Democrats and the media are largely remaining silent about a significant fact of the election: the president-elect lost the popular vote.
Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference
11 November 2016
Niemuth called on young people and workers who backed Sanders to join the SEP and fight to build a genuine socialist movement against social inequality and war.
By Eric London, 11 November 2016
Eighteen months after Sanders announced his candidacy, his statement on Trump punctuates a critical experience for the working class.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2016
Only 24 hours after denouncing the Republican candidate as a threat to democracy, President Obama and Democratic leaders joined with congressional Republicans in support of president-elect Donald Trump.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2016
Europe’s ruling elites fear that the election of Trump will not only destabilise the United States, but also the rest of the world.