The 2016 US Elections
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2016
Europe is reacting to the American presidential election with a mixture of disgust, nervousness and fear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2016
Both the Democratic and Republican campaigns are preparing for a contested outcome of the November 8 vote.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By a reporter, 28 October 2016
Speaking in Florida, Clinton saluted her capitalist overlords.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate is preparing a right-wing administration with significant Republican participation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit
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.
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.
15 September 2016
The live stream of the meeting can be accessed here and on the SEP's Facebook page, fb.com/sepus.