The 2016 US Elections

West Virginia Supreme Court rules against independent petitioner

Naomi Spencer—SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 15 September 2016

The ruling may disqualify seven other candidates across the state who petitioned to get onto the ballot.

Minnesota nurses strike at critical juncture

By our reporting team, 13 September 2016

As 4,800 Allina Health nurses enter the second week of their strike, the outcome of the critical struggle depends entirely on the initiative of rank-and-file workers themselves.

SEP presidential candidate discusses elections with striking Minnesota nurses

By our reporting team, 12 September 2016

Allina Health nurses on strike for two weeks discussed the political issues in their struggle with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White Sunday.

Clinton steps up appeals to Republicans, military

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate denounced Republican Donald Trump for his praise of Putin and his claim that the US generals had been reduced to “rubble” under Obama.

Media misinformation and the US election’s war agenda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 September 2016

The arrest of two young men in North Carolina for hacking into the accounts of top officials and government agencies casts a stark light on the media’s anti-Russia campaign.

Two months until the US elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 9 September 2016

Whether it is Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump who occupies the White House, the next administration will be one of war, austerity, repression and violence.

Clinton and Trump bow to the military

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2016

The unstated premise of Wednesday night’s forum before a veteran’s group in New York City was that the military should have veto power in the selection of the next US “commander-in-chief.”

Clinton denounces Russian “interference” in US elections, calls for escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate has stepped up her McCarthy-style campaign against Republican Donald Trump as an ally or stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The most unpopular candidates in American history

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2016

The contest between the militaristic Clinton and the fascistic Trump has alienated tens of millions from the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Green Party presidential candidate seeks to corral antiwar sentiment

By Jerry White, 5 September 2016

In a visit to Detroit, Jill Stein criticized Clinton’s policy towards Russia only to say that war could be stopped by appealing to sections of the foreign policy establishment.

As Clinton escalates war threats, Sanders begins campaigning for Democratic nominee

By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2016

Sanders will carry out his first official activity as drum major in the Clinton campaign by taking part in Labor Day events in New Hampshire on Monday.

Clinton’s “American exceptionalism” speech: A bipartisan policy of militarism and war

By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate’s speech to the American Legion was an attack on Trump from the right, pledging to be more ambitious and decisive in the use of American military power.

Trump outlines ten-point plan for mass deportations and martial law

By Eric London, 2 September 2016

In his anti-immigrant speech in Phoenix, Arizona, the Republican candidate laid out a plan to deport millions of undocumented workers using violent police state methods.

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot we can do unless some type of revolution kicks off”

Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Aurora, Illinois

By our reporters, 31 August 2016

SEP campaigners visited Aurora, once a major industrial center, and now the second largest city in the state, to promote Jerry White and Niles Niemuth’s presidential campaign.

The socioeconomic basis of identity politics: Inequality and the rise of an African American elite

By David Walsh, 30 August 2016

A sharp polarization has emerged among African Americans over the past four decades. The privileged layer that has been produced forms an important basis for racialist politics.

Nothing revolutionary about Sanders’ “Our Revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2016

The rollout of the new organization founded by Sanders and his campaign makes crystal clear that its purpose is to direct young people and workers into the blind alley of the Democratic Party.

Clinton highlights Trump’s ultra-right ties to curry favor with establishment Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate used a speech in Reno, Nevada to step up her right-wing appeal for support from Republicans and conservatives.

Newly released emails reveal Clinton ties to CEOs, Persian Gulf despots

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2016

The allegations of a “pay to play” relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department largely obscure the essential basis of the corruption of the Clintons.

Haiti: What the Clinton e-mails reveal about US election-rigging

By John Marion, 24 August 2016

The e-mails released by the US State Department give details of the imperialist intrigues that installed Michel Martelly as president of Haiti.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White on impact of “Welfare Reform”

24 August 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White issued this statement on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of "Welfare Reform," signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Twenty years since the Clintons gutted the federal welfare system

By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2016

The embrace of “ending welfare as we know it” marked a fundamental shift to the right in the Democratic Party and capitalist politics as a whole.

Clinton campaigns among the millionaires and billionaires

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate has only two public events for the rest of August—and 54 fundraising events with the wealthy backers who are her real base of support.

Twenty years since Clinton’s welfare “reform”

By Jerry White, 23 August 2016

The Clintons’ welfare bill marked the complete abandonment by the Democratic Party of the policy of liberal reform associated with Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s and Johnson’s War on Poverty in the mid-1960s.

More anti-Russian propaganda from the New York Times

By Barry Grey, 23 August 2016

Precedents for such exercises in state propaganda in the guise of journalism have ended with mass killings, the toppling of governments and, in many cases, the murder of government leaders portrayed as the incarnation of evil.

International Socialist Organization promotes Jill Stein, Green Party as “anti-capitalist”

By Evan Blake, 23 August 2016

What the ISO describes as an “anti-capitalist” amendment to the Greens' platform is in fact a tactical maneuver and a declaration of hostility to socialism.

Media, Democrats cover up Trump’s fascistic politics

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2016

Last week’s reshuffle has put the Trump campaign under the leadership of an ultra-right publisher linked to “white nationalist” and other fascistic tendencies.

Trump chairman Paul Manafort resigns amidst campaign shift to the right

By Patrick Martin, 20 August 2016

Paul Manafort has been displaced by Stephen Bannon, chairman of the ultra-right Breitbart News, giving the Trump campaign its third chief in three months.

Green Party candidates at CNN town hall: Promoting illusions in the capitalist system

By Evan Blake, 19 August 2016

At the town hall meeting, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka presented a liberal reformist program, combined with demagogic criticisms of war and the promotion of identity politics.

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth condemns US-backed war in Yemen

19 August 2016

This statement was given in response to the ongoing assault on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, including the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital this week.

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 18 August 2016

In the 2016 elections, the consequences of record inequality, unending war and the protracted crisis of American capitalism are coming to a head.

ATI workers speak to SEP campaigners

By Evan Winters, 18 August 2016

ATI workers expressed interest in the SEP's presidential campaign and disgust with establishment candidates Clinton and Trump.

SEP campaigns in Leechburg and Brackenridge, Pennsylvania

By Evan Winters, 18 August 2016

Residents spoke out against low-wage jobs, dwindling retirement benefits, ballooning student loan debt, and big-business presidential candidates with nothing to offer.

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SEP US vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth discusses the police killing in Milwaukee

17 August 2016

SEP US vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth spoke in a live interview with WSWS reporter Andre Damon about the class issues behind police violence.

Trump and Democrats compete on militarism and war

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2016

The Republican presidential candidate called for a war of extermination against ISIS, while Democrats responded that Vladimir Putin’s Russia was an equally significant enemy.

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2016

Regardless of who wins in November, the ruling class is preparing a vast expansion of militarist violence and an intensification of the assault on the social and political rights of the working class.

New York Times “human rights” warrior Nicholas Kristof demands military escalation in Syria

By David Walsh, 15 August 2016

Politically conscious workers, intellectuals and young people should know by now that when Kristof and the Times speak of human rights, they mean neocolonial war, mass killing and plunder.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2016

The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics.

Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2016

Only 30,000 US families had incomes as high as the $10.6 million raked in by Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2015—and even that was a significant drop from the previous year.

Warnings from Australian political establishment about Donald Trump

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 August 2016

The Australian ruling elite fears that Trump could disrupt the US alliance, which has been the cornerstone of its foreign policy since World War II.

Wall Street celebrates mass layoffs by Macy’s

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2016

The largest US department store chain announced it would close 100 stores, which will likely eliminate more than 12,000 jobs.

WikiLeaks offers $20,000 reward over murder of DNC staffer linked to email leak

By E.P. Bannon, 12 August 2016

Rich was in charge of DNC voter expansion data and had access to a wide range of information about the inner workings of the Democratic Party.

After the Sanders debacle

“Socialist Convergence” meets to prepare a new trap for the working class

By Gabriel Black and David Brown, 12 August 2016

The conference, which ran concurrently with the Democratic National Convention, promoted the Green Party presidential campaign of Jill Stein as the continuation of Bernie Sanders’ so-called “political revolution.”

Democrats, media seize on Trump pro-gun comment to step up right-wing campaign

By Barry Grey, 11 August 2016

The Democratic presidential campaign has evolved into an effort to forge a bipartisan consensus on the basis of right-wing militaristic policies.

What CIA Director Michael Hayden told President-Elect Barack Obama

By our reporter, 11 August 2016

Among other things, Hayden’s column in the Times demonstrates that Obama and Biden knew about the CIA program of abductions and torture from day one and kept their mouths shut.

New emails shed further light on Hillary Clinton’s corruption as secretary of state

By Evan Blake, 11 August 2016

A set of emails released Tuesday highlights the influence of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

Trump speech in Detroit: Tax cuts for the wealthy combined with nationalist demagogy

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2016

Both Clinton and Trump are fully committed to increasing the wealth of the corporate and financial elite at the expense of working people.

The national security state and the US elections

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2016

A letter against Trump from 50 former top military-intelligence officials of Republican administrations is an unprecedented intervention into a presidential campaign.

Green Party convention: Left rhetoric in the service of pro-capitalist politics

By Evan Blake, 9 August 2016

In the aftermath of Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton, the Greens are posturing as a party opposed to austerity and war in order to keep workers and youth within the framework of bourgeois politics.

As Clinton seeks support from Republicans, Sanders hails her role in the “political revolution”

By Isaac Finn, 8 August 2016

Following the Democratic National Convention, Sanders has remained silent about leaked DNC emails as he seeks to bolster Hillary Clinton as a progressive candidate.

Why the CIA is for Hillary Clinton

By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2016

The Clinton campaign is seeking to direct all anti-Trump sentiment in a right-wing, pro-war direction.

International Socialist Organization calls for Greens to support US-backed “revolution” in Syria

By Marcus Day, 6 August 2016

The ISO, while formally endorsing the Green Party’s presumptive presidential candidate Jill Stein, criticized her for an insufficiently aggressive foreign policy towards Russia and Syria.

Clinton steps up right-wing appeal to Republicans and billionaires

By Tom Eley and Patrick Martin, 5 August 2016

The Democratic presidential campaign is using appeals to patriotism and militarism to woo Republican officials and the super-rich.

US Republican presidential campaign in crisis

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2016

Discussions within the Republican Party establishment over the fate of the Trump candidacy coincide with criticisms of Trump by the Democrats from the right.

Socialist Equality Party campaigns for ballot status in Louisiana

By Tom Hall and Aaron Asa, 4 August 2016

Throughout the state, campaigners found widespread disaffection with the political establishment and interest in the party’s socialist program.

The Green Party platform: Reformist politics in the service of imperialism

By Tom Hall, 4 August 2016

The Greens are being falsely presented as a “left” alternative in order to prevent workers and youth from drawing the necessary political lessons from the debacle of the Sanders campaign.

After the conventions, Democrats attack Trump from the right

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2016

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party are seeking to use their Republican opponent Donald Trump as a foil for legitimizing their deeply unpopular program of militarism and war.

US courts strike down “Voter ID” laws in four states

By Ed Hightower, 3 August 2016

Recent court rulings concerning attacks on the right to vote in several states underscore the deeply anti-democratic character of “Voter ID” laws

Democrats seize on Khan-Trump conflict to woo right-wing support

By Tom Eley, 2 August 2016

The Democrats and the Clinton campaign are using Trump’s anti-Muslim comments to whip up patriotism and militarism and pressure right-wing figures to support Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Party’s anti-Putin rhetoric prepares escalation of Syrian War

By Andre Damon, 1 August 2016

A campaign to accuse the Putin government of hacking into Democratic Party servers is aimed at creating the conditions for military escalation in Syria and against Russia itself.

Clinton campaign appeals to Republicans and the military

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate gave her first post-convention interview to Fox News in a bid for support from right-wing elements disaffected with Donald Trump.

SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16 files petitions

By our reporters, 1 August 2016

On July 28, Naomi Spencer, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for West Virginia House District 16, submitted well over double the required number of signatures to get on the ballot.

After the Democratic and Republican conventions

For a socialist alternative to the parties of austerity and war!

Socialist Equality Party, 30 July 2016

In the face of an immense economic, social and political crisis, neither Clinton nor Trump has anything to offer but austerity, war and the continued assault on democratic rights.

US media celebrates Democratic Party warmongering

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2016

Leading columnists for the New York Times and Washington Post have hailed Hillary Clinton as a more consistent and ruthless advocate of US foreign policy interests.

Socialist Alternative promotes Sanders’ “political revolution” without Sanders

By Tom Hall, 30 July 2016

Socialist Alternative's role in helping to organize a walkout of a section of Sanders delegates at the Democratic convention was aimed at promoting Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the next political trap being laid for the working class.

Hillary Clinton’s dishonest, empty acceptance speech

By David Walsh, 29 July 2016

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party nomination for president Thursday night. Everything about the final portion of the Democratic National Convention rang false.

Obama’s legacy: Identity politics in the service of war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2016

The Obama administration has marked the return of the Democrats to their roots as the premier party of US imperialism.

With platform changes, Democrats seek to conceal record of attacks on public education

By Khara Sikhan, 29 July 2016

The Democratic Party, working in collusion with the unions, changed the wording of its party platform to hide Clinton’s record of promoting for-profit charter schools and anti-teacher measures.

Democratic convention: Obama piles on more lies

By Barry Grey, 28 July 2016

Showing his contempt for the intelligence of the American people, the president concluded by repeating the slogans of his 2008 election campaign, as though America in 2016 was the realization of the empty promises he made back then.

The end of the Sanders campaign: The political lessons

By Tom Hall, 28 July 2016

The full support of Bernie Sanders for the nomination of Hillary Clinton confirms the analysis made by the World Socialist Web Site from the inception of his campaign.

DNC protesters speak out against Clinton and war

By our reporters, 28 July 2016

Workers and young people expressed disgust at Clinton’s nomination, and illusions in Sanders’ intentions.

New York Times concocts amalgam to link Trump and Putin in Democrats’ email scandal

By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2016

The Times is spearheading the Clinton campaign’s effort to pin the leaking of incriminating DNC emails on a supposed plot by Russia to tilt the US election in favor of Trump.

The political bankruptcy of filmmaker Michael Moore and his “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win”

By David Walsh, 28 July 2016

The tired, cynical, internally illogical piece emerges almost inevitably from the left-liberal milieu to which Moore has belonged since the mid-1970s.

Democratic convention nominates Hillary Clinton

By Barry Grey, 27 July 2016

The official nomination of Clinton was part of a carefully-scripted spectacle designed to portray a corrupt and reactionary capitalist party as a vehicle of progress.

War and the Democratic National Convention

By Andre Damon, 27 July 2016

The great unmentionable in the 2016 election is the far-advanced US preparation for military conflict against Russia and China.

DNC’s leaked emails expose corrupt funding practices within the Democratic Party

By Isaac Finn, 27 July 2016

Internal Democratic National Committee emails detail the funneling of donations to the DNC and Clinton campaign, as well as perks to large contributors.

Sanders heaps praise on the “billionaire class’s” chosen candidate

Jerry White—SEP (US) candidate for president, 27 July 2016

From the beginning the Sanders campaign was a political trap to corral social opposition and contain it within the Democratic Party.

Democratic convention: Sanders caps off a day of deceit and demagogy

By Barry Grey, 26 July 2016

Bernie Sanders sought to turn reality on its head by presenting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as fighters for the interests of the common people.

Protesters at Democratic Convention denounce nomination of Hillary Clinton

By our reporters, 26 July 2016

Sanders supporters expressed a range of reactions to his endorsement of Clinton, from hope that it was just a ploy to a feeling of betrayal.

“Socialist Convergence”: A gathering of political bankrupts in Philadelphia

By Joseph Kishore, 26 July 2016

In the wake of Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton, an array of organizations in the orbit of the Democratic Party are meeting this week to discuss a new political trap for the working class.

Democratic convention opens: An agenda of militarism and war

By Barry Grey, 25 July 2016

The program of global militarism at the heart of the Clinton campaign is combined with the ferocious promotion of racial and gender politics.

Clinton’s VP pick Tim Kaine: A supporter of war and big business

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2016

The selection of a figure with Kaine’s political resume is a clear indication of the right-wing administration that Clinton intends to form if she is elected president.

Leaked emails show Democratic National Committee targeting Sanders campaign

By Isaac Finn, 25 July 2016

WikiLeaks released thousands of emails that detail the Democratic Party’s dirty dealings and collusion with mainstream media.

Democrats oversee record level of extreme poverty in Philadelphia

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2016

The Democratic National Convention opens Monday in Philadelphia, a city where the Democrat's preside over extreme poverty, massive inequality and a dilapidated education system.

Paul Krugman attacks Trump from the right on Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2016

Trump’s questioning whether the US should go to war over the Baltic states prompted denunciations from both “liberal” Democrats like Krugman and right-wing Republicans.

In signal to military, Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump.

German corporations donate to Trump

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 July 2016

According to a report by the news weekly Die Welt, more than two-thirds of US campaign contributions by large German corporations have benefited the Republicans.

The pro-capitalist program of the US Green Party

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

The Green Party is a bourgeois party, representing the interests of privileged strata of the upper-middle class.

Video: Workers discuss social crisis in Philadelphia on eve of Democratic National Convention

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 July 2016

Workers and young people spoke with Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, Jerry White, about social inequality in the city.

Trump delivers fascistic rant to conclude Republican National Convention

By Joseph Kishore, 22 July 2016

Donald Trump’s remarks combined empty demagogy with calls for an attack on immigrants, the restoration of “law and order” and the removal of all restraints on the accumulation of wealth.

New York Times sees only “whiteness” at Republican convention

By David Walsh, 22 July 2016

The newspaper currently treats individuals, events, movements, books, films and everything else that comes within its journalistic grasp almost exclusively through the prism of race.

Calls for violence, repression and war dominate day three of Republican Convention

By Patrick Martin, 21 July 2016

Two Republican convention delegates, both Trump supporters, have called for the execution of his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

The Republicans plumb the depths

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 20 July 2016

In the long and protracted decay of American democracy and the political culture of the United States, a fundamental boundary is being crossed.

Republican Party officially nominates Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2016

For the first time, one of the two major capitalist parties in America has chosen as its presidential nominee an individual of openly authoritarian and semi-fascist views.

Leading US historians issue warning on the rise of Trump

By Gabriel Black, 20 July 2016

The historians see Trump as the product of decades of decay of American society, including academia, the press and the court system.

Amid massive police presence, Republicans push law-and-order, militarism

By David Brown, 19 July 2016

The theme of the first day of the RNC was “Make America Safe Again,” with a focus on attacking immigrants, militarism and expanding the powers of the police.

Republican convention opens: An obscene spectacle in Cleveland

By Patrick Martin, 19 July 2016

A celebrity con man and speculator with racist and authoritarian views, Trump personifies the political decay of the American ruling elite.

Video: SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Erie, Pennsylvania

19 July 2016

Niemuth spoke to workers and young people about the defense of public education.

Video: SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Pittsburgh

By Niles Niemuth, 18 July 2016

Niemuth spoke to workers and youth in Pittsburgh, a historic center of steel production that has been hard-hit by the economic crisis.

The promotion of racial politics and the US elections

By Barry Grey, 18 July 2016

The central issue in the struggle against police violence and all attacks on democratic rights is the unification of the working class in a common struggle against capitalism.

“We are suffering, struggling, and they’re getting richer and richer”

SEP campaigns in south Chicago area

By our reporters, 18 July 2016

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned for presidential candidate Jerry White at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, a shopping center and a transit station Saturday.