US Elections & Politics
The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist assessment
By Ed Hightower, 6 August 2019
After rocketing into prominence in a failed 2018 campaign for US Senate, the former Texas congressman has plummeted from “co-frontrunner” status to near-invisibility.
Second quarter fundraising
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2019
The stage is being set for the most expensive campaign in US—and world—history, with estimates that ad spending could top $10 billion for the 2020 elections.
By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2019
Working class residents of South Bend, Indiana, heckled Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the city’s mayor, as he stammered through empty promises to address police brutality.
By Tom Hall, 14 May 2019
The attacks on the Detroit congresswoman follow a similar campaign against Representative Ilhan Omar earlier in the year.
By Nick Barrickman, 29 April 2019
Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh is accused of presiding over conflicting interests stemming from the sale of her “Healthy Holly” books to private contractors seeking business with the city of Baltimore.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2019
In a column published Wednesday in the Washington Post, the former Democratic Party presidential candidate resurrects the conspiracy theories that were the staple of Cold War anticommunism.
By Tom Hall, 22 April 2019
Democratic candidates raised a lower-than-expected $75 million, with most big-money donors waiting for the crowded field to shake out.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2019
An array of eight candidates made brief speeches and took questions from an audience of Democratic Party liberals and union operatives.
By Kristina Betinis and Patrick Martin, 4 April 2019
The voter turnout may be the lowest of any contested Chicago mayoral election.
“Socialism appeals to me”
By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 5 March 2019
Reporters for the WSWS spoke with attendees at Bernie Sanders’ rally in Chicago Sunday.
By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2019
Bernie Sanders’ speech in Brooklyn was an exercise in demagogy, because there exists no relationship between the reforms he envisages and any realistic strategy for their implementation.
By Kristina Betinis, 25 February 2019
Widespread disgust with both parties prevails as fourteen candidates vie for mayor and as much as one-third of the city council may be ousted in the third-largest US city.
By Matthew Taylor, 29 November 2018
The final Senate election to be decided in 2018 leaves the Republican party with a 53-47 majority.
By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2018
Democratic and Republican nominees were chosen Tuesday for three governorships, three Senate seats, and 41 congressional districts.
By Andre Damon, 13 January 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network will deprioritize news content, part of a coordinated effort to block access to information online.
By Kranti Kumara, 18 December 2017
The election was characterized by a debased and thoroughly reactionary campaign from both candidates.
By Eric London, 11 December 2017
The Democratic Party has avoided attacking Roy Moore’s ultra-right politics, focusing instead on allegations of sexual misconduct.
By Tom Hall, 14 November 2017
The gains made by the DSA last week reflect a shift to the left within the American population, and the determination of the ruling class to use groups like the DSA to direct this into safe political channels.
As Trump seeks to revive bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare
By Barry Grey, 20 July 2017
The Democratic Party response to Republican disarray over health care is to push for a bipartisan bill that would “fix” Obamacare to make it even more punitive for working people and more profitable for the giant insurance companies.
By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2017
A recognition of the deeply reactionary content of Trump’s polemics does not require that one be sentimental about his immediate targets.
The Sessions hearing: Another anti-Russian diversion while the social counterrevolution in America deepens
By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2017
Not one Democratic senator sought to question Sessions about the actual policies of the Trump administration toward immigrants or victims of police violence.
By Kate Randall, 24 May 2017
Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” is a 52-page declaration of war against the working class.
By our reporter, 24 May 2017
The court ruling deals a blow to efforts by the Republican Party to draw electoral boundaries that would pack black voters into a small number of districts.
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2017
The ruling cites numerous statements by candidate Donald Trump declaring his intention to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
By Jerry White, 16 March 2017
The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.
By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2017
It is impossible to separate the fight against the Trump administration from the fight against the social and economic order that has produced it: capitalism.
By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017
The ISO has been virtually silent on the raging conflict between the Trump White House and the intelligence agencies over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
By Patrick Martin, 21 February 2017
The selection of McMaster is seen as a concession to the anti-Russian campaign waged by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party and sections of the Republican Party.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2017
The controversy over what Flynn told Moscow’s ambassador underscores the intense conflict within Washington’s military and intelligence apparatus over US war policy.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2017
The Trump administration has brought a cabal of fascistic aides into leading roles.
By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017
Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.
By Eric London, 30 January 2017
Tens of thousands gathered at airports and city centers on Sunday to protest the Trump administration’s illegal ban on travelers from Muslim countries.
By Jerry White, 24 January 2017
After Trump signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Bernie Sanders praised him and said he would be “delighted” to work with the new president.
By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2017
The former Democratic presidential candidate Sanders also voted to confirm General John Kelly as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
By a WSWS reporting team, 22 January 2017
Millions of people participated in over 600 demonstrations around the world, spanning every continent, in the largest global protests since the run-up to the Iraq war.
Democrats overwhelmingly back nominees
By Barry Grey, 21 January 2017
The lopsided support of the Democrats for Trump's military nominees highlights the basic agreement of both big business parties on a policy of expanded militarism and war abroad and increased repression at home.
By David Walsh, 21 January 2017
In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.
By Niles Niemuth, 20 January 2017
The Trump transition team is developing a federal budget proposal containing historic cuts, based on a blueprint drawn up by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.
By our reporter, 20 January 2017
The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.
By Shelley Connor, 20 January 2017
Although the Department of Homeland Security cannot identify a “specific, credible threat” to the transfer of power on January 20, security for the inauguration will be particularly stringent.
By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2017
All but one Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense.
By Shelley Connor, 19 January 2017
The flood of cash from the wealthy and big business is a down payment for tax cuts for the rich that will be worth billions.
Notes on the Trump transition
By Tom Hall, 5 January 2017
Trump’s appointment of Jay Clayton to head the SEC is another sign that his administration intends to remove all restrictions on the financial industry.
By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2016
Neither the Democratic Party nor the corporate media has made an issue of Trump’s lack of any popular mandate for his ultra-right program.
By Ed Hightower, 22 December 2016
Press accounts this week detail president-elect Donald Trump’s intention to retain a private security staff upon occupying the White House.
As Electoral College rubber-stamps election
By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2016
Vincent Viola, a commodities speculator and owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, is the sixth billionaire in the Trump administration.
By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2016
The gunman had ties to white supremacist groups which supported right-wing Republican politicians.
By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2016
The nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson puts the finishing touches on Trump’s government of billionaires.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2016
While Obama and the Democrats bow to Trump as he assembles the most right-wing administration in US history, they remain concerned that he is insufficiently bellicose toward Moscow.
By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016
Hedge fund boss Stephen Schwarzman will chair the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which will begin meeting with Trump on economic policy after his inauguration.
By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2016
Lawsuits were filed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump’s margin of victory has shrunk dramatically.
By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2016
The global mandate of the new formation means US death squads could be sent virtually anywhere, from European cities to South American jungles, including in the United States itself.
By Eric London, 28 November 2016
President Barack Obama is denouncing an entirely legitimate legal action to verify the outcome of the election in states where the result was exceptionally close.
By Nick Beams, 24 November 2016
Trump’s agenda for the US economy bears a striking resemblance to his own business operations: a mixture of tax evasion, swindling and profit-gouging.
A chilling attack on free speech
By David Walsh, 21 November 2016
President-elect Donald Trump responded to concerns about his incoming administration as expressed by the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton with a series of thuggish, threatening Tweets.
By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2016
His appointments are a Southern racist to run the Justice Department, an anti-Muslim bigot for national security adviser, and a congressman tied to the Koch brothers as CIA director.
By our reporter, 19 November 2016
In the wake of a television appearance in which a Trump campaign activist said that a registry of Muslim visitors to the United States could be justified under the “precedent” set by the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, a leader of the Trump transition team has revealed that a formal proposal for such a registry is under discussion.
By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2016
The Democratic Party leadership is moving very rapidly to align itself with Trump, based on a program of economic nationalism and trade war.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 November 2016
The cordial words from leading Democrats come amidst growing protests against Trump’s election, centered among high school students and youth.
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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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, 26 September 2016
The first debate of the presidential election campaign takes place under conditions of growing crisis, both at home and abroad.
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.
Jerry White speaks in Detroit and Ann Arbor
By a reporting team, 24 September 2016
The meetings in both Ann Arbor and Detroit sparked intense discussion, questions and interest in the party’s election campaign and its history.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 10 September 2016
White spoke to workers and youth about the expansion of war, the growth of social inequality, and the need for a socialist political leadership to guide the struggles of the working class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The New York Times, the state and the making of an amalgam
By Tom Hall, 29 July 2016
Bennet's family exemplifies the politically incestuous relationship between the media and the political establishment and state apparatus.
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.
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.
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.
By 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.