The 2016 US Elections

Trump picks trusted go-between as ambassador to China

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.

Trump names opponent of public housing to run Housing and Urban Development

By Fred Mazelis, 7 December 2016

Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is a vitriolic opponent of social programs to benefit the working class.

After Carrier deal, effusive praise for Trump from steelworkers union

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.

Trump’s phone call with Taiwan: A provocation against China

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.

Trump picks General “Mad Dog” Mattis for secretary of defense

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.

Trump victory strengthens Israel’s far-right and settler parties

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.

Trump’s talk with Taiwanese president heightens US tensions with China

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.

Trump declares support for Dakota Access Pipeline ahead of evacuation order against protesters

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.

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.

Trump outlines right-wing program of extreme nationalism at Cincinnati rally

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.

Tensions mount over US presidential election recounts

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2016

Wisconsin officials began reviewing ballots, while the Trump campaign took legal action to block the recount in Michigan.

Deal to “save” Indiana Carrier plant will cut 1,100 jobs

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.

Trump names Medicare opponent to head health programs: Who is Tom Price?

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.

President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy

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

Trump forms a Wall Street government to attack health care and workers’ rights

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.

US president-elect says flag burners should be stripped of their citizenship

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.

Trump refuses to sever ties with his business empire

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.

Black Lives Matter blames “white supremacy” for election of Trump

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.

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.

The political issues in the campaign for a recount in the US elections

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.

Trump considers asset stripper Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary

By Evan Winters, 29 November 2016

Ross made billions destroying the pensions, jobs and living standards of steel, coal, auto and textile workers.

Trump election boosts anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic attacks

By our reporter, 29 November 2016

Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported since election day.

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.

Growing concerns in Europe over Trump agenda

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.

Trump names opponent of public schools to head Department of Education

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.

Scottish government in crisis over Trump victory

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.

Election of Donald Trump foreshadows trade war in Asia

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.

Incoming Trump administration prepares assault on federal workers

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.

In wake of Trump election, Baltic states push for military build-up against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 25 November 2016

The leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are demanding EU members drastically increase their military spending.

Anxiety in Australian elite over Trump’s policies

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.

Canada must be inside Trump’s “walls,” declares voice of financial elite

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.

Hillary Clinton leads by two million in US popular vote

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.

Who is Charles Schumer?

By James Brookfield, 24 November 2016

The newly elected Democratic leader is a defender of Wall Street who backed the war in Iraq.

Trump to build on Obama’s antidemocratic legacy

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.

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.

Trump’s election escalates Turkey’s disputes with its NATO allies

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.

New Zealand: Auckland youth and workers concerned over US election result, danger of war

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.

As Trump assembles a war cabinet, the Kremlin hopes for better relations

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.

King Donald meets his media courtiers

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.”

Trump video outlines trade war and anti-immigrant measures

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.

Popular vote margin against Trump hits 1.7 million

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2016

Trump lost the popular vote more decisively than any previous winner of the Electoral College vote.

Trump’s election overshadows Asia-Pacific summit

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.

Trump’s authoritarian government of nationalism and war

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.

Trump lines up militarists for cabinet posts

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

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.

Indian elite welcome Trump’s election

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.

Trump’s election as seen from Europe

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.

SEP public meeting in Colombo: The international implications of Trump’s election

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.

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.

Japanese prime minister meets President-elect Trump

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”

Detroit high school students speak on Trump and the danger of war

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.

Sanders, trade union officials promote economic nationalism at Washington, DC rally

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.

After Trump victory: Mexican peso plummets amid ruling class unease

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.

Right wing in Italy hails Trump’s election

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

The election of Donald Trump: The political issues facing workers and youth

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.

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.

“Workers are going to see Trump is not going to do anything for them”

Autoworkers react to the election of Trump

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.

As anti-Trump protests spread, Democrats scramble to contain opposition

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.

Mass student protests against Trump election: The way forward

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.

Trump transition points to escalation of US militarism

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.

High school walkouts, protests against Trump enter second week

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.

Trump’s candidate for Homeland Security chief calls for suppression of anti-Trump protests

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.

Trump’s win provokes nervousness and bravado in Beijing

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.

Greek protests greet Obama’s last overseas tour as US president

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.

UK: May government pins its hopes on Trump presidency

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.

New York Times apologizes for coverage of presidential election

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.”

Trump’s victory, Brexit and Paul Mason’s call for a new “progressive alliance”

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.

Obama defends Trump at White House press conference

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.

Video: Protesters speak at anti-Trump march in San Diego, California

By Toby Reese, 15 November 2016

This past Saturday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in California cities and throughout the United States.

Anti-Trump demonstrations continue in Portland

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

Polish bourgeoisie divided over US election

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.

Workers and young people in Australia and New Zealand concerned by US election result

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.

Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon: A new stage in the crisis 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

The political causes and international implications of Trump’s election: A Marxist assessment

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?

Trump names fascist Bannon as top adviser, confirms plans to deport immigrants

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.

From “political revolution” to collaboration: Sanders and Warren pledge to work with Trump

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.

Anti-Trump protests continue across US for fifth day

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.

Several thousand join anti-Trump protests in Chicago

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.

Anti-Trump protests in Los Angeles: “At the end of the day, we didn’t want either of them”

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.

Trump victory batters emerging markets

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.

Trump victory triggers uncertainty in Tokyo

By Mike Head, 14 November 2016

The initial conciliatory remarks between Trump and Abe cannot hide the heightened tensions between the two imperialist powers.

After backing Clinton, Michael Moore calls for “takeover” of Democratic Party

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.

Trump’s popular vote deficit may approach two million

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.

Trump packs his transition team with ultra-rightists and family members

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.

Anti-Trump protests spread across the US

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.

Australian establishment concerns over future of US alliance under Trump

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.

The myth of the reactionary white working class

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.

US unions praise Trump and his “America-First” nationalism

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.

Dow hits record high as Wall Street celebrates Trump victory

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.

German media demands military buildup in response to US election

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.

Rattled by Trump victory, Canada offers to renegotiate NAFTA

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.

From monster to Mr. President-Elect: Democrats grovel before Trump

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

SEP’s vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth reviews lessons of the Sanders campaign

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.

Bernie Sanders declares willingness to “work with Trump”

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.

US political establishment rallies behind Trump

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.

Shock in Europe over Trump’s election victory

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.