The 2016 US Elections

Trump chooses right-wing Indiana governor as running mate

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2016

The announcement came on the eve of the Republican National Convention, as the last organized opposition to Trump’s nomination was brushed aside.

After Sanders, Green Party seeks to trap workers and youth within capitalist politics

By Jerry White, 15 July 2016

The Greens hope to become the “big tent” for protest groups in the orbit of the Democrats, which promote identity politics, economic nationalism and “green business” opportunities.

After endorsement, Sanders attempts to convince angry supporters to back Clinton

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2016

Sanders is now engaged in the political alchemy of convincing the 13 million people who voted for him and other supporters that the deeply hated Clinton would champion their interests.

Supporters of SEP presidential campaign achieve write-in ballot status in Kentucky

By Naomi Spencer, 14 July 2016

Voters in the state of Kentucky who write in Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White on their ballots November 8 will have their votes legally recognized.

The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2016

The Sanders campaign has provided a major political lesson to millions of young people and workers attracted to his call for a “political revolution” against the “billionaire class.”

Amid nationwide protests against police violence

Officials prepare for mass repression at Republican National Convention in Cleveland

By Carlos Delgado, 13 July 2016

Security officials have been expanding police-state measures and deliberately targeting protesters for surveillance and harassment.

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.

The police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota: The class issues

By Andre Damon, 8 July 2016

Millions of people around the world have reacted with shock, outrage and revulsion at the latest videos and images of police murder in the United States.

FBI director defends decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2016

FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday about his decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton uses Atlantic City casino strikers as campaign props

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 July 2016

In a gesture to the unions, Clinton used her speech to promote economic nationalism.

US attorney general vows to rubber-stamp FBI findings in Clinton e-mail case

By Tom Hall, 2 July 2016

Friday’s announcement by Loretta Lynch was precipitated by allegations of impropriety after the revelation of her clandestine meeting with Bill Clinton at an Arizona airport.

Bill Clinton meets with attorney general on Arizona tarmac

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2016

The contact between the head of the Justice Department and Hillary Clinton’s husband was highly unusual.

Sanders’ “political revolution” revealed: Nationalist reaction and support for Clinton

By Barry Grey, 30 June 2016

The sorry and reactionary outcome of Sanders’ “political revolution” is not only his own total integration into the Democratic Party, but his emergence as spokesman for its most nationalist wing.

Elizabeth Warren campaigns with Clinton as possible running mate

By Josh Varlin, 28 June 2016

Warren’s “progressivism” and rhetorical denunciations of Wall Street would be leveraged to convince disappointed Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton in November.

Clinton seizes on Brexit vote to tout her credentials as defender of Washington’s global interests

By Patrick Martin, 27 June 2016

Clinton responded to the British vote to leave the EU by reaffirming her claim to be the most qualified commander-in-chief for American imperialism in a crisis situation.

Bernie Sanders confirms he will vote for Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2016

The Vermont senator has not officially suspended his campaign, but he has done everything short of formally endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Congressional Democrats stage “sit-in” stunt on gun control

By Tom Hall, 25 June 2016

Congressional Democrats demanded that the House vote on reactionary legislation which would expand the repressive scope of the government's secret “no-fly” list.

Mideast war architects back Clinton over Trump

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2016

Former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, an architect of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, is the highest-profile Republican to announce his support for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Clinton’s right-wing economic agenda and the fight for socialism

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 24 June 2016

Whether it is Trump or Clinton who is elected in November, the ruling class will escalate the anti-worker agenda of the Obama administration that has created the greatest level of inequality in modern American history.

US Republican presidential campaign sinking into crisis

By Patrick Martin, 23 June 2016

Donald Trump fired his campaign manager amid reports that his campaign is running low on funds, and Republican convention delegates are seeking a free vote on the presidential nomination.

Video: The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 21 June 2016

As Sanders wraps up his campaign and prepares to endorse Hillary Clinton, the millions of workers and youth who supported him must now draw the necessary political conclusions.

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.

Political lessons of the Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 20 June 2016

The closer Sanders comes to a formal endorsement of Clinton, the more he is forced to make clear that his “political revolution” is nothing more than an effort to channel social discontent behind the Democratic Party.

People’s Summit in Chicago: Preparing the switch from Sanders to Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2016

The two-day event was part of an effort by union officials and Democratic Party operatives to prepare a smooth transition from the Sanders campaign to support for Hillary Clinton.

Youth at People’s Summit discuss war, Sanders, Clinton

By Marcus Day, 20 June 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a number of young people, who were a decided minority at the conference, about the presidential candidates and the threat of war.

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.

Unite US and Mexican workers!

The working class must stop the Carrier factory closures!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 18 June 2016

The fight to defend jobs requires a unified fight against the capitalist system

Individual claims responsibility for hacking the Democratic National Committee

By Evan Blake, 17 June 2016

Self-proclaimed hacker “Guccifer 2.0” released a trove of documents produced by the DNC, indicating that the official narrative blaming Russian intelligence was fabricated.

The “Peoples’ Summit” in Chicago: Democrats, pseudo-left groups prepare new trap for workers and youth

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2016

As Sanders prepares to formally back Clinton, sections of the Democratic Party and its periphery are working to contain the oppositional sentiment that found expression in support for Sanders’ campaign.

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.

Sanders meets with Clinton to discuss support for her presidential campaign

By Tom Hall, 16 June 2016

Sanders’ meeting Tuesday evening with the presumptive Democratic nominee is a further signal that he is preparing to formally endorse her campaign in the general election.

The social roots of the mass shooting in Orlando

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2016

The question that is imperiously raised by events such as the Orlando massacre is: What is it about American society that so frequently leads mentally unstable individuals to resort to mass murder?

Race, gender and the US presidential campaign

By Patrick Martin, 13 June 2016

There is a concerted effort to shift the political axis of the campaign to issues of race and gender rather than the questions of economic inequality raised by Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton signed off on drone assassinations, emails reveal

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2016

The report in the Wall Street Journal is the first to indicate that, as Secretary of State, Clinton had a direct role in the killing program.

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.

As Obama endorses Clinton, Sanders signals readiness to back campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 June 2016

The Vermont senator met with President Obama and other top party leaders in Washington, making clear he will not challenge the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate.

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth visits scene of fatal fire in Manchester, New Hampshire

By John Marion, 10 June 2016

Manchester is a former mill town coping with deindustrialization and old housing that is unsafe for workers.

Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primary victory

By Joseph Kishore, 9 June 2016

In a year marked by deep and growing social discontent, the American political system has produced a choice between two brands of political reaction in the persons of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Mass voter disenfranchisement in US elections

By Tom Carter, 9 June 2016

Voter ID laws are already in effect in 33 of 50 states. This year, new restrictions on voting will be operative in 17 states for the first time in a presidential election.

Clinton claims Democratic nomination after winning four of six final states

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2016

Clinton’s victory speech on Tuesday night centered on the supposedly historic character of her campaign as the first woman to be the nominee of the Democratic or Republican parties.

California primary voters speak on social inequality, war

By our reporters, 8 June 2016

Voters went to polls on Tuesday in the final six primary contests of the 2016 election cycle, with the exception of the District of Columbia, which will vote next week.

The media drive to shut down the Sanders campaign

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2016

The media and the Democratic Party establishment are acting preemptively to crown Hillary Clinton as the presumptive presidential nominee.

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.

US economy adds fewest jobs in five years

By Evan Blake, 4 June 2016

The US economy added only 38,000 jobs in May, the fewest since 2010, in another indication of the persistent slump gripping the US economy.

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.

The US elections and the criminalization of American politics

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2016

The leading contenders for the Republican and Democratic Parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, may both face criminal indictments before the elections.

US death rate rose in 2015

By Niles Niemuth, 2 June 2016

The mortality rate in the United States increased across the board last year, reflecting the impact of mass unemployment, austerity, stagnating wages and benefit cuts.

Deepening crisis in Democratic Party ahead of California primary

By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2016

There are mounting signs frontrunner Hillary Clinton could lose the crucial primary in the most populous US state, putting her nomination in jeopardy.

California governor backs Clinton in Democratic primary

By Patrick Martin, 1 June 2016

Seeking to counter a deepening crisis for Clinton, Brown has joined California’s two senators, along with media hacks like Paul Krugman, to call on Sanders to wrap up his campaign.

Sanders supporters discuss issues outside California rallies

By our reporters, 1 June 2016

WSWS reporters spoke with Sanders supporters outside rallies in Santa Barbara and Oakland.

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.

Socialist Alternative, ISO work to channel opposition into the Democratic Party

By Eric London, 30 May 2016

Socialist Alternative is calling for Sanders to run a “safe state” campaign to help Hillary Clinton win the election, while the International Socialist Organization is backing the Green Party.

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.

SEP election meeting in Detroit on May 31 to be streamed live on Facebook

30 May 2016

Workers and young people all over the world will be able to watch the meeting, which will be addressed by SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth.

Clinton campaign in crisis over email controversy, declining poll numbers

By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2016

The frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination is staggering toward the finish line of the primary contest.

UAW endorses Clinton, “Wall Street’s presidential darling”

By Jerry White, 27 May 2016

The UAW’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton underscores the immense chasm between the corporatist organization and the workers it claims to represent.

Workers and students speak on inequality, war at Sanders rally

By Toby Reese and Kevin Martinez, 27 May 2016

The WSWS interviewed attendees at a San Diego rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders about the political issues in the 2016 election.

Attend the May 31 SEP election meeting: “Battlefield Detroit”

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 26 May 2016

There’s a war going on in America, and it’s a class war. Detroit is a central battleground. Unite all workers in a fight back!

Over 1,000 protest outside Trump rally in Albuquerque

By a WSWS reporter, 26 May 2016

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to participants in the Albuquerque protest.

SEP election meeting: Detroit is a battlefield in a war on the working class

26 May 2016

At this meeting on May 31, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth will speak about the critical issues facing workers and youth.

Young people in America: A lost generation stuck at home

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 26 May 2016

A Pew report released on the share of young people living with their parents sheds new light on the difficulties facing millions who are barely scraping by.

Clinton refuses to debate Sanders ahead of California primary

By Barry Grey, 25 May 2016

The Clinton campaign is angered that Sanders' continued presence is hindering it from executing the turn to the right planned for the general election.

Telecom, airlines, retail, manufacturing workers entering battles

Growing signs of a resurgence of class conflict in the US

By Jerry White, 24 May 2016

The growth of the class struggle in the US poses the need for a unified fight by the working class against the capitalist system and the two big business parties that defend it.

Sanders backs ouster of Democratic Party chair

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2016

The conflict within the Democratic Party is intensifying even as Sanders signals his intention to endorse Hillary Clinton after the final primary contests.

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.

Clinton calls Trump “unqualified” to be commander-in-chief

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2016

The Democratic frontrunner is appealing to Republican warhawks and neo-conservatives to support her against her likely Republican opponent.

Race and class in American history: A reply to a false explanation of the Trump phenomenon

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 21 May 2016

An op-ed published this week in the New York Times provides an opportunity to consider the history of class struggle in America and the role of identity politics in dividing the working class.

US media steps up witch-hunt over claims of Sanders “violence” in Nevada

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2016

The bogus claims of violence and harassment have now reached the front page of the New York Times and the editorial page of the Washington Post.

Democratic Party establishment witch-hunts Sanders’ supporters

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2016

The political and media uproar over the Nevada state Democratic Party convention is an entirely manufactured provocation.

Sanders’ strong showing in Oregon, Kentucky extends Democratic presidential contest

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2016

After winning in Oregon and virtually tying Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Bernie Sanders said he would continue his campaign through the last primary and into the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Canadian ruling elite divided over prospect of Trump presidency

By Roger Jordan, 18 May 2016

While a majority of the political and media establishment is concerned by the rise of Trump, a significant section believes his presidency offers benefits for Canada.

Sheriff’s deputies called to Nevada Democratic Convention to preserve Clinton victory

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2016

The meeting erupted in fistfights and catcalls after dozens of Sanders delegates were disqualified by the party leadership.

Oppose Obama’s assault on immigrants!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 14 May 2016

The Socialist Equality Party defends the democratic right of immigrants and refugees to live and work wherever they please without fear of detention or deportation.

Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2016

The Republican presidential nominee ensured a love-fest in his meeting with congressional Republican leaders after dropping his professed opposition to cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

Why Sanders won in West Virginia

By Joseph Kishore, 12 May 2016

The Democratic Party establishment is promoting a false racial narrative to obscure the real reasons for Sanders’ landslide victory in West Virginia.

Trump backs end to the federal minimum wage

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2016

Trump is advocating a race to the bottom, in which governors and legislatures would offer minimum wage reductions and exemptions to entice companies to locate in their state.

Sanders defeats Clinton in West Virginia primary by large margin

By Naomi Spencer, 11 May 2016

Sanders’ victory points to the deep social tensions in the state and the continued hostility to Clinton, despite the fact that she is being presented as the inevitable Democratic Party nominee.

Clinton campaign lurches to the right

By Barry Grey, 10 May 2016

Clinton is tacking to run in the general election as the trusted and experienced candidate of the corporate and political establishment, the Pentagon and the CIA.

Republican split deepens over Trump nomination

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2016

Those refusing to support the presumptive Republican nominee include both former presidents Bush, the 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and various congressmen, senators and governors.

Mass repression being prepared for Cleveland Republican convention

By Leah Jeresova, 9 May 2016

A massive police buildup is underway in the city of Cleveland, Ohio in preparation for the Republican National Convention to be held July 18-21.

Video: SEP presidential candidate Jerry White—Obama says Flint crisis is no big deal

By Jerry White, 9 May 2016

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, responds to Obama’s declaration that the poisoning of thousands of children in Flint, Michigan is not a major issue.

What accounts for Trump’s support among West Virginia miners?

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 7 May 2016

Trump is able to win support among sections of workers because of the treachery of the unions and their subordination of the working class to the Democratic Party.

Trump names hedge fund boss as finance chairman

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2016

Steven Mnuchin was a partner at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before setting up his own hedge fund, heavily involved in real estate and movie financing.

Growing anxiety in Europe over Donald Trump

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2016

While the dominant reaction has been concern over the consequences of right-wing nationalism, some voices are being raised in support of a Trump victory.

A philosophy professor muses about eliminating the right to vote

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 May 2016

A recent piece in the New York Times by Gary Gutting, a Notre Dame philosophy professor, indicates the readiness of a layer of intellectuals to support the imposition of dictatorial methods of rule.

Clinton launches appeal for right-wing Republican support

By Tom Hall, 6 May 2016

The Democratic front runner is hailing opposition to Trump from leading Republicans, including some who will support her as a more reliable foreign policy hawk.

Trump’s victory: A dangerous turning point in American politics

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2016

The selection of a fascistic demagogue as the candidate of one of the two major capitalist parties is indisputable proof of the advanced stage of the putrefaction of American democracy.

Trump, Sanders win primary contests in Indiana

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2016

Trump’s victory marked the effective end of the campaign for the Republican nomination, with the Republican Party chairman declaring the billionaire to be the presumptive nominee.

Socialist Alternative: Charlatanry and lies in support of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Barry Grey, 3 May 2016

For all its criticism of Clinton, Socialist Alternative is already lined up behind the “anyone but Trump” mantra that will be a major aspect of her right-wing campaign.

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2016

Sanders’ entire campaign has been dedicated to preventing the rising tide of popular opposition in the United States from breaking out of the straitjacket of the Democratic Party.

Hundreds protest outside Trump campaign events in California

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2016

The billionaire candidate is working to stoke up xenophobic sentiments in order to direct social opposition into extreme nationalist and militarist channels.

Sanders campaigns in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer and Clement Daly, 30 April 2016

WSWS reporters spoke with workers and youth at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Huntington, West Virginia.

Sanders’ phony “Medicare for All” proposal

By Esther Galen, 30 April 2016

The purpose of Sanders’ proposal is not to transform the US health care system, but to promote illusions that such a transformation can be achieved through the Democratic Party under capitalism.

The reality of poverty in America: SEP candidate replies to Obama’s “frustration” over social discontent

By Niles Niemuth, 30 April 2016

The policies of the Obama administration have produced the predictable and desired outcome of soaring wealth for a small minority and poverty, unemployment and low-wage jobs for the vast majority.

Verizon workers discuss strike with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By our reporters, 28 April 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White received a warm reception from Boston Verizon workers who are entering their third week on strike and will soon face the loss of health benefits.

Trump’s “America First” speech and the US war election

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2016

The leading contenders in both parties, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are committed to a vast military escalation following the November election.

Clinton, Trump move closer to presidential nominations

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2016

The two most widely despised political figures in America are the frontrunners for the two corporate-controlled parties.

Sanders backs Obama “kill list,” troops to Syria

By a reporter, 27 April 2016

Sanders’ statements underscore the unity among all the candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties in favor of war and drone assassinations.

Video: Jerry White meets striking Verizon workers on the picket line in New York City

By our reporters, 26 April 2016

Nearly 40,000 workers throughout the United States are on strike against the telecommunications giant to defend their jobs, health care and pension benefits.