The 2016 US Elections

European far right hails Trump’s win

By Alex Lantier, 10 November 2016

Forces from France’s far-right National Front to Hungarian President Viktor Orban hailed Trump’s victory as proof that far-right policies can prevail.

Big market swings after Trump's election

By Nick Beams, 10 November 2016

After initial fears of a market plunge, Wall Street reached near-record highs as investors decided that Trump’s policies could provide a road to increased wealth.

Thousands protest in Berkeley in wake of Trump election

By Joseph Santolan, 10 November 2016

The Berkeley protest was part of a wave of protests in cities across the country expressing shock and outrage at the election of Trump.

Further signs of auto slowdown as GM announces job cuts

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2016

The layoffs, which will go into effect in January and will impact 2,000 workers, are set to hit the assembly plans in Lansing, Michigan and Warren, Ohio.

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.

SEP candidate Jerry White on Trump's election victory

By Jerry White, 10 November 2016

Millions of workers and young people are shocked and outraged at the election of Donald Trump. How is it possible that this billionaire demagogue and reality TV star, who personifies everything that is rotten and backward, will occupy the highest elected office in the country?

SEP campaign in West Virginia wins over 900 votes

By Naomi Spencer—SEP candidate for WV House District 16, 10 November 2016

The vote for the SEP represents the shift to the left in working class consciousness and a desire among millions for an end to war, austerity and police violence.

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.

German media calls for massive rearmament after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 9 November 2016

The German elites are using the US presidential election to promote the return of German militarism.

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

The global crisis and the danger of world war

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2016

The following report was given by IYSSE National Secretary Andre Damon to the “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War” conference held November 5 in Detroit.

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.

Obama makes election eve appeal to students and workers at University of Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 8 November 2016

Obama’s visit to Michigan reflects the deep concern in the Clinton camp that the state, which had been considered reliably Democratic, could fall to Republican Donald Trump.

Divisions mount in UK military over US presidential race

By Robert Stevens, 8 November 2016

Among Britain’s ruling elite there is grave concern for the future of Europe over the outcome of an election being contested by the two most unpopular candidates in US history.

To boost Clinton, unions shut down Philadelphia transit strike

By Alan Whyte, 8 November 2016

The Transport Workers Union ended the six-day shutdown of the Philadelphia transit system Monday morning in order to bolster Clinton’s electoral prospects in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania.

The nightmare election campaign staggers to its end

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 8 November 2016

The contempt felt toward the two candidates expresses a deeper alienation from the entire structure of official capitalist politics.

SEP candidate Jerry White addresses Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

8 November 2016

In his remarks at the SEP conference in Detroit, White outlined the basis of the SEP election campaign and called for an international socialist movement of the working class against war.

The Latin American pseudo-left in the mirror of the US elections

By Rafael Azul, 8 November 2016

The suggestion that workers, women and youth turn to Black Lives Matter and the SEIU to build an independent workers party has all the elements of a bad joke.

On the eve of the 2016 US election

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2016

The election campaign has plumbed new depths of filth and reaction, sparking concerns in ruling circles that it has done lasting damage to the credibility of the United States, both internationally and at home.

US election stokes deep concerns in Australian ruling circles

By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2016

Not only the “pivot to Asia,” but the whole framework of post-war alliances in Asia is being called into question.

Australian workers and young people discuss US election crisis

By our reporters, 7 November 2016

Many spoke out against Trump and Clinton, who they correctly see as representatives of the banks and big business.

Perplexity, fear in New Zealand establishment over US election

By John Braddock, 7 November 2016

Many commentators and politicians who express horror over the prospect of a Trump victory are supportive of similar right-wing policies in New Zealand.

Broad turnout for “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War” conference in Detroit

By Kate Randall, 7 November 2016

The conference mapped out a strategy for building a new antiwar movement based on the fight for socialist internationalism in opposition to the two parties of big business and war.

Attendees at SEP anti-war conference speak on war danger, US election

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 November 2016

Workers and young people attending the conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” held November 5 in Detroit, said they were impressed by the presentations and encouraged by the fight against war being conducted by the Socialist Equality Party and the IYSSE.

WSWS to live-stream commentary on 2016 election

7 November 2016

Socialist Equality Party candidates Jerry White and Niles Niemuth will provide live commentary and video statements throughout election night on the WSWS Facebook page.

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.

Europe reacts to US election with fear and apprehension

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2016

Europe is reacting to the American presidential election with a mixture of disgust, nervousness and fear.

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.

Class struggle in US intensifies on eve of election

By Jerry White, 4 November 2016

There is growing opposition among American workers to corporate and government demands for endless rollbacks in wages, health care and pension benefits.

As election tightens, Clinton steps up right-wing appeals

By Patrick Martin, 3 November 2016

In response to an improper intervention by the FBI into the presidential campaign, the Democrats are intensifying their efforts to woo the military-intelligence apparatus.

Build an international movement against imperialist war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 3 November 2016

The conference this Saturday in Detroit, Michigan, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” will outline a political strategy for building a socialist movement of the international working class against the danger of a Third World War.

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.

Democrats step up campaign against FBI director

By Patrick Martin, 1 November 2016

Democrats have focused much of their attack on Comey’s intervention on demands that he release information supposedly connecting Trump to Russian President Putin.

Political warfare explodes in Washington

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 31 October 2016

The FBI's announcement of new “investigative steps” against Hillary Clinton has brought to the surface a raging conflict within the American state and ruling elite.

US SEP presidential candidate addresses Sri Lankan audience

By our correspondents, 31 October 2016

Yesterday’s meeting in Colombo unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the socialist anti-war conference to be held by the US SEP in Detroit on November 5.

The FBI intervenes in the 2016 election

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2016

The FBI’s announcement of new “investigative steps” related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, made only 11 days before the election, is both extraordinary and unprecedented.

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.

Michael Moore in TrumpLand grovels in praise of Hillary Clinton

By Fred Mazelis, 27 October 2016

With his latest effort, Moore emerges as a chief promoter of the favored candidate of Wall Street and the Pentagon.

Clinton beginning informal talks with congressional Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate is preparing a right-wing administration with significant Republican participation.

Following meeting, leading Black Lives Matter activist endorses Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 25 October 2016

The meeting and subsequent endorsement express the deepening political collaboration between the Democratic Party establishment and the official Black Lives Matter movement.

The 2016 elections and the dead-end of “lesser evil” politics

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2016

Republican Donald Trump is a billionaire demagogue seeking to lay the basis for a fascistic movement; Hillary Clinton is the representative of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus.

What is behind the anti-Russia campaign in the US?

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2016

A major theme of the 2016 US presidential campaign has been the campaign to depict Russia as intent on manipulating the election through cyber warfare.

Clinton and Trump laugh it up with New York’s aristocrats at Al Smith Dinner

By Barry Grey, 22 October 2016

The once-every-four-years pre-election affair has long been an occasion for the richest of the rich and their political and media spokesmen to trade jokes and revel in their wealth and power.

SEP presidential candidate speaks to Ford workers in Toronto

By our reporters, 22 October 2016

Jerry White spoke to Ford Canada workers at the Oakville assembly plant, the center of opposition to the concessions agreement being pushed by the auto union, Unifor.

The 2016 elections: American democracy in shambles

By Joseph Kishore, 21 October 2016

In condemning statements by Trump that he might not accept the results of the elections, the media and political establishment are rushing to defend a political system that is deeply corrupt and undemocratic.

The right-wing politics of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2016

While Johnson has sought to cultivate former Sanders supporters through his professed opposition to war and government spying, the Libertarian Party is an ultra-right capitalist party.

Final Trump-Clinton debate: A bankrupt political system staggers toward the finish line

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2016

The 2016 election offers the American people the “choice” between the two most reactionary candidates in modern US history.

Sanders’ damning silence on Clinton’s Wall Street speeches

By Barry Grey, 20 October 2016

As Sanders continues to hustle votes for Clinton, while saying nothing about her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other financial malefactors, there is about him a palpable odor of dishonesty and cynicism.

Trump running mate attacks black voter registration effort

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2016

Indiana state police raided the offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project and confiscated equipment and filled-out voter applications.

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, condemns the escalation of US military violence and calls on workers to attend the November 5 conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.”

SEP campaigners speak with Huntington, West Virginia residents

By our reporters, 19 October 2016

Huntington residents spoke with SEP candidate Naomi Spencer about the US elections, poor social conditions, and the need for an independent political movement of the working class.

Is the US election rigged?

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2016

The reactionary character of Trump’s claims that the US election is “rigged” does not lend any credibility to the self-righteous and hypocritical response of the Democratic Party.

In secret Goldman Sachs speeches, Clinton explains why the rich should rule

By Tom Carter, 17 October 2016

Hillary Clinton’s lavishly paid speeches to gatherings of Wall Street multi-millionaires reveal why she is the favored candidate of the corporate and financial elite.

Donald Trump’s campaign takes a fascistic turn

By Patrick Martin, 14 October 2016

The speech delivered by the Republican presidential nominee Thursday in Florida was the manifesto for a fascist movement to emerge from his campaign.

Live online forum Friday at 7:00 pm Eastern Time

The political crisis in the US and the 2016 presidential elections

14 October 2016

In an online forum at 7:00 pm Eastern Time at fb.com/sepus, WSWS Editorial Board Chairman David North will introduce Patrick Martin in a discussion on the state of the US elections.

Haiti’s hurricane devastation: A tragedy rooted in capitalist oppression

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2016

Nearly seven years after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Matthew has again exposed the historic oppression of the Haitian masses.

Trump escalates conflict with congressional Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2016

The Republican presidential candidate is shifting his focus toward building an extra-parliamentary fascistic movement for the period that follows the November 8 election.

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 12 October 2016

Despite the extreme dangers facing the population of the entire world, outside of the International Committee of the Fourth International, there is no organized movement against imperialist war.

Leaked Clinton email admits Saudi, Qatari government funding of ISIS in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2016

The email exchange between Clinton and her campaign manager lays bare the criminality and hypocrisy of the US war for regime change.

Chomsky in Chicago: The thin gruel of lesser-evil politics

By Marcus Day and George Gallanis, 12 October 2016

Noam Chomsky falsely suggested in a recent lecture that the global drive to war could be combated by supporting the “lesser of two evils” in the upcoming US elections.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in New Orleans

By our reporter, 12 October 2016

White campaigned in New Orleans, Louisiana this week, and on Monday held an election meeting at Tulane University attended by more than 50 students.

SEP vice presidential candidate Niemuth discusses war, 2016 elections, with students in Detroit

By a reporting team, 11 October 2016

Niemuth’s campaign at Wayne State University in Detroit coincided with a visit that afternoon by Hillary Clinton, who is desperately seeking to rally support from students.

The Trump scandal and the US gutter election

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2016

The generally degraded state of American politics entered a new low this weekend following the release of video showing Republican candidate Donald Trump boasting of his ability to use his position of wealth and celebrity to assault women.

Secret Clinton speeches and emails reveal systematic corruption

By Tom Carter, 10 October 2016

In private speeches to financial tycoons, Hillary Clinton bragged that she did all she could to make sure Wall Street continued to prosper.

One month to the US presidential election—what lies ahead

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2016

The next president will oversee a deepening global crisis of capitalism, mounting attacks on jobs, living standards and social services at home, and the escalation of military conflicts in the Middle East and against Russia and China.

The class issues exposed by Hurricane Matthew

By Niles Niemuth—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 8 October 2016

Poverty, combined with the lack of adequate infrastructure and planning, has resulted in the deaths of more than 800 in Haiti and at least 4 people in the US, while disrupting the lives of millions.

Bernie Sanders stumps for Clinton in Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 7 October 2016

The Vermont Senator continued his effort to convince his former supporters to back the Democratic nominee, despite her right-wing policies.

Clinton calls for National Service

By Nancy Hanover, 7 October 2016

Clinton champions General Stanley McChrystal’s policy for National Service, a ruling class initiative designed to promote American nationalism and militarism, and ready society for “the next big war.”

Vice presidential candidates agree on US military escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2016

Most of the 90-minute vice presidential debate consisted of unintelligible squabbling, but the Democratic and Republican candidates agreed on the overriding issue of war.

Sanders’ campaign for Clinton: A “political revolution” in defense of the status quo

By Joseph Kishore, 5 October 2016

Sanders’ bid to drum up support for Clinton in a series of campaign appearances this week is based on sophistries and lies.

Live online forum with SEP presidential candidates

One month until the US elections: the political issues facing the working class

5 October 2016

On October 7, at 7:00 Eastern Time, SEP candidates Jerry White and Niles Niemuth will join SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore to discuss the state of US politics one month before the election.

Trump’s taxes: Capitalist corruption and class privilege

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2016

The tax dodges that Trump employed provide a glimpse of the real nature of the “free market” system, in which working people are systematically exploited to boost the wealth of the super-rich.

UAW lines up behind Trump’s call for trade war

By Shannon Jones, 4 October 2016

The nationalist ravings of Trump dovetail with the UAW’s corporatist program based on the subordination of the working class to the interests of the American auto companies.

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.

Clinton-Trump debate: A degrading spectacle

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2016

The 90-minute exercise in reaction and backwardness was an indictment not only of the candidates, but also of the political system that produced them.

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.

“I’d say it’s the worst election ever”

US autoworkers speak out on war, inequality and the 2016 elections

By Eric London and Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2016

In working class cities, suburbs and rural towns across the United States, the hatred for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is palpable.

SEP presidential candidates to be on the ballot in Louisiana

By our reporter, 26 September 2016

The accomplishment followed efforts of SEP members in Louisiana, who traveled throughout the state’s six congressional districts to get the required electors.

“Democracy doesn’t exist in the United States”

Students at Wayne State and San Diego State universities speak on war and the 2016 elections

By the IYSSE, 26 September 2016

The IYSSE interviewed students and youth across the country at student welcome week events at the beginning of the school year.

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.

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.

Clinton’s speech at Temple University: A desperate appeal to young voters

By E.P. Bannon, 20 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate combined demagogy, empty promises and emotional appeals to obscure her own pro-business and pro-war record.

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.

Bernie Sanders campaigns for Clinton at Ohio campuses

By Tom Hall, 19 September 2016

Sanders is giving his full support to a candidate who personifies the financial aristocracy he claimed to oppose during his election campaign.

SEP candidate Naomi Spencer denounces “decertification” by West Virginia Secretary of State

By Naomi Spencer – SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 19 September 2016

Naomi Spencer, the SEP’s candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, issued this statement after being informed that her name is being removed from the ballot.

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.

Sanders covers for union isolation of Minnesota nurses’ strike

By Anthony Bertolt, 16 September 2016

The letter by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders does nothing to strengthen the fight against Allina Health and its corporate and political backers.

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.

Republican governor threatens violence if Hillary Clinton is elected

By Nick Barrickman, 15 September 2016

Bevin’s comments follow in the wake of a number of statements made by prominent Republican officials during the presidential elections hinting at violence.

Online meeting with SEP presidential candidates to begin at 7:00 pm US Eastern Time

15 September 2016

The live stream of the meeting can be accessed here and on the SEP's Facebook page, fb.com/sepus.