US Politics

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use “left” demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 22 October 2019

At Sanders’ first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York

By our reporters, 22 October 2019

The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

Military brass denounce Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2019

The extraordinary intervention of high-ranking retired generals is a breach of the core constitutional principle of the subordination of the military to civilian authority.

The death of Elijah Cummings: Democrats, media glorify a mediocrity

By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2019

The real purpose of the flowery tributes was to give a “progressive” gloss to the House Democrats' impeachment campaign, in which Cummings played a significant role.

Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies

By Andre Damon, 19 October 2019

Clinton’s claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

As president delivers fascistic speech in Dallas

Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback

By Barry Grey, 19 October 2019

Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump’s removal “the sooner, the better.”

Democratic debate shows cross-party support for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2019

All 12 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination called for a continued US military presence.

Spanish government threatens broader crackdown as mass protests escalate in Catalonia

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019

Mass protests and street fighting erupted in cities across Catalonia for a third night running yesterday over the fraudulent conviction of 12 Catalan nationalist politicians

Testimony highlights key role of Bolton in impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 October 2019

The forces with which the Democrats are aligned include Bolton, who speaks for the most rabidly militaristic factions of the neo-conservative right wing.

The Democrats support the “Forever War”

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2019

The Democratic Party’s saber-rattling response to the Syrian fiasco helps Trump fraudulently posture as an opponent of war.

Trump conference video incites violence against opponents

By Patrick Martin, 15 October 2019

The gruesome video imagines Trump using guns, knives, spears and other weapons to slaughter his critics in the media and the Democratic Party.

US Supreme Court term begins with new threats to democratic rights

By Ed Hightower, 15 October 2019

The newly consolidated 5-4 far-right majority on the court is poised to hand down rulings imposing further restrictions on abortion rights, gay rights and basic civil liberties.

Seattle Democrats endorse Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant

By Julio Patron, 12 October 2019

As the working class moves to the left, Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative are even more fully integrating themselves into the Democratic Party.

Trump makes fascistic appeal to police and military at Minneapolis rally

By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2019

The president spoke at his first rally since the start of the impeachment inquiry with dozens of red-shirted police as a backdrop, and any protesters physically removed.

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States

Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

11 October 2019

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's “Just Society”: Palliatives that will never be implemented

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 October 2019

Most of the proposals involve tweaks and adjustments to existing laws, with little new funding to address social needs.

Trump asserts unchecked presidential powers

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2019

Trump’s attorneys are arguing that neither state prosecutors nor Congress have any power over the chief executive.

Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this “whistleblower”?

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2019

The CIA official who filed a formal whistleblower complaint against Trump is being defended by those who spent eight years under the Obama administration persecuting whistleblowers.

US protects NSA spy’s wife wanted in UK over teenager’s death

By Laura Tiernan, 9 October 2019

Anne Sacoolas is wanted by police over the death of the young motorcyclist in Northamptonshire on August 27 but left the UK claiming diplomatic immunity

Trump White House declares it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2019

The Democrats have chosen quite deliberately to base their opposition to Trump on the most reactionary, anti-democratic grounds possible: support for the intelligence agencies and American imperialism.

“Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd grills senator: “You don’t trust the FBI and CIA?”

By Barry Grey, 8 October 2019

An exchange between “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd and Senator Ron Johnson sums up the right-wing basis on which the Democratic Party is conducting its impeachment drive against Trump.

Trump continues to defy Democrats’ impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 5 October 2019

On Friday, President Donald Trump stepped up his defiance of the impeachment inquiry launched by the Democrats with the support of the intelligence agencies.

Trump announces plan to further privatize Medicare

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

The Democrats are basing their impeachment drive not on opposition to Trump’s fascistic attack on immigrants and pro-corporate social policies, but on claims that he is not pursuing US foreign policy aggressively enough.

Bernie Sanders halts campaign activities over health crisis

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

The candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination was hospitalized Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada and received two stents in an artery.

Impeachment crisis: Trump, Democrats exchange threats and warnings

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2019

Two press conferences Wednesday gave sharp expression to the divisions within the US political establishment.

Democrats exclude Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry

By Eric London, 3 October 2019

According to the New York Times, Trump called for electrifying the border fence and shooting immigrants as they entered the US.

Trump, Democrats dig in as impeachment drive escalates

By Barry Grey, 2 October 2019

Many within the ruling class are taking Trump’s talk of civil war as a serious threat.

Trump threatens “civil war” as Democrats escalate impeachment campaign

By Andre Damon, 1 October 2019

President Donald Trump, in an implicit threat of violence against his political opponents, suggested late Sunday that the Democrats’ efforts to remove him from office could precipitate a “civil war.”

Hunter Biden made $850,000 on board of Ukraine gas company

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2019

Joe Biden’s son cashed in on his father’s position in the Obama-Biden administration.

CIA sets terms for Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump’s crimes

By Joseph Kishore, 28 September 2019

Both factions in the political warfare that has erupted in Washington are hostile to the democratic and social rights of the working class.

Trump lowers cap on refugees to record low of 18,000

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2019

This latest move tightens the virtual ban on people fleeing poverty, violence and persecution around the world.

Spanish security firm spied on Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy for US intelligence

By Kevin Reed, 28 September 2019

A defense and security firm based in Spain that was hired to protect the Ecuadorian embassy in London provided secret audio and video recordings of Julian Assange to US intelligence.

Release of CIA whistleblower complaint intensifies political civil war in Washington

By Andre Damon, 27 September 2019

The complaint by the CIA agent assigned to the White House alleges that US President Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 US election.”

In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2019

Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2019

The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions—the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.

House Democrats launch formal impeachment inquiry against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2019

The action is a major escalation in the factional warfare within the US ruling elite, which revolves largely around differences over foreign policy.

Elizabeth Warren promotes economic nationalism at Detroit GM workers’ picket line

By Shannon Jones, 23 September 2019

The UAW is desperately seeking to shut down the strike, which cuts across their corporatist relations with management and threatens to spark a wider movement in the working class.

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Obama’s vice president for two terms, Biden is identified with some of the worst crimes of the American government over the past 50 years, including wars in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren mixes anti-corruption demagogy with identity politics at New York City rally

By Sandy English, 21 September 2019

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sought to bolster illusions that the Democratic Party is capable of reining in the domination of the US government by the super-rich.

Fascistic elements in Republican Party threaten Democrats O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez

By Matthew Taylor, 14 September 2019

Both incidents reflect the growing threat of political violence from the far-right.

The Democratic presidential debate: A million miles from American social reality

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2019

The 10 candidates on the stage in Houston avoided any discussion of the deepening social crisis in America and the growing opposition to social inequality.

Democratic Socialists of America launches nationwide campaign for Bernie Sanders

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 September 2019

The DSA is a faction of the Democratic Party, which is backing the Sanders campaign as it seeks to divert opposition among workers and youth into safe channels.

Trump fires Bolton as national security advisor

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2019

Disagreement over a proposed deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan was apparently the final straw in the internal White House conflict.

Washington Post pushes xenophobic campaign against Chinese-Americans

By Andre Damon, 10 September 2019

The Washington Post has published an editorial giving its stamp of approval to a report by the Hoover institution arguing that Chinese nationals and ethnic Chinese Americans potentially pose a national security threat to the United States.

New York court hears argument from “John Doe” that documents related to Jeffrey Epstein should remain sealed

By Kevin Reed, 7 September 2019

In a hearing before a Manhattan judge, arguments were presented on Wednesday for keeping the identity of individuals named in the court record of a defamation lawsuit filed against a confidante of Jeffrey Epstein in 2015 either sealed or redacted.

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history—Part Two

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 4 September 2019

The 1619 Project, launched by the New York Times, presents racism and racial conflict as the essential feature and driving force of American history.

Former Fed official calls on central bank to end accommodation to Trump

By Nick Beams, 31 August 2019

An extraordinary intervention by former New York Federal Reserve president Bill Dudley reflects rising political tensions, fuelled by the growing prospect of a US recession.

The Democratic Socialists of America Convention: A marketing gimmick for the Democratic Party

By Joseph Kishore, 30 August 2019

The main resolutions adopted at the convention centered on the DSA’s political support for the Democratic Party and its dedication to bolstering the anti-working-class trade unions.

FBI examining two cameras that malfunctioned outside Jeffery Epstein’s prison cell

By Kevin Reed, 29 August 2019

The broken cameras were within view of the Manhattan cell where the multimillionaire sex trafficker was being held at the time of his death earlier this month.

Prison camera footage outside Epstein’s cell is reported to be “unusable”

By Kevin Reed, 28 August 2019

In further evidence of conspiracy in the death of Epstein, a security camera in the hallway outside his federal prison cell—where he supposedly committed suicide—reportedly “had footage that is unusable.”

Why is the New York Times still trying to sweep the Epstein case under the rug?

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2019

Amid reports of “stunning” violations of protocol by prison officials in the death of America’s most famous prisoner, the Times claims that questions regarding the well-connected sex trafficker are “conspiracy theories.”

Trump denounces Jews for “disloyalty” if they do not vote for him

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2019

First voiced Tuesday, and repeated Wednesday, Trump’s remark is a thinly veiled appeal to his fascist and white supremacist supporters.

American media shuts down the Epstein story

By Patrick Martin, 19 August 2019

Despite many unanswered questions, virtually all reporting on the death of multi-millionaire sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has halted following the verdict of suicide by the medical examiner.

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019

Underneath the banality of Klobuchar’s presidential campaign are pro-war, right-wing politics.

Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit

By Barry Grey, 17 August 2019

The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump’s authoritarian agenda.

A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2019

The intervention by the president to block travel by representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is another blow against the US constitutional framework.

Autopsy indicates death of Jeffrey Epstein likely due to strangulation

By Matthew Taylor, 16 August 2019

The report based on the autopsy explodes the ongoing efforts by the media, led by the New York Times, to dismiss all questions about the death of Epstein as “conspiracy theories.”

Still no explanation for death of Epstein in prison

By a reporter, 15 August 2019

No information has been made public to explain who made the decisions that left the multi-millionaire alleged sex-trafficker alone in his cell the day he died.

DSA candidate concedes Queens District Attorney race

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2019

Despite the rhetoric of Democratic Socialists of America member Tiffany Cabán, the Queens election was a conflict between two factions of the right-wing Democratic Party.

Trump again “jokes” about extending his presidency

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2019

There is nothing funny about an American president publicly mulling over the prospects for becoming dictator-for-life.

US media continues to downplay suspicions about Jeffrey Epstein’s death

By David Walsh, 14 August 2019

After days of breathless coverage, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both removed the Epstein story from the front pages of their print editions on Tuesday.

Who wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead?

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2019

The circumstances of Jeffrey Epstein’s death fully justify the widespread suspicions that he was murdered.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: #MeToo, McCarthyism and machine politics

By Josh Varlin, 12 August 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign, combining feminism and anti-Russia witch-hunting, has yet to mobilize significant support.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Wall Street financial vultures: Please be nice to Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2019

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, has intervened to attempt to contain growing social unrest and anger.

Bowing to House Democratic leadership, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez purges staff

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2019

The purge came after staff members criticized Democratic Party leaders over the passage of a bill funding Trump’s war on immigrants.

US House retirements signal deepening crisis for Republican Party

By Tom Carter, 6 August 2019

Kenny Marchant of Texas is the twelfth on the “casualty list” of Republicans leaving office this term and the fourth from Texas to announce his retirement in recent weeks.

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist assessment

Beto O’Rourke: The incredible shrinking empty suit

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.

Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration

By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2019

The Democratic congresswoman, a member of the DSA, demands “more training” for agents inflicting gross human rights violations.

Trump escalates trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 2 August 2019

The decision to impose a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, covering a wide range of consumer products, represents the most significant intensification of the more than year-long trade war to date.

The Democratic Party politics of the “Democratic Socialists of America”

By Joseph Kishore, 2 August 2019

Under conditions of a growing political radicalization of workers and youth, the DSA serves as a principal block to the development of a genuine socialist movement.

The Democratic debate: A right-wing party unmasked

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2019

In the course of two nights of debate, and particularly the second one, the Democratic presidential candidates took turns exposing each others’ right-wing and anti-working-class records.

The Democrats and Detroit

By Jerry White, 1 August 2019

The bitter experience of Detroit workers exposes the claims by Sanders, Warren and others that the Democrats represent a genuine alternative to Trump’s reactionary policies.

Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

By Eric London, 31 July 2019

The decision exposes the Democratic Party in a conspiracy to attack free speech and cover up the crimes of US imperialism and the two parties of Wall Street.

Trump continues racist diatribes

By Tom Hall, 30 July 2019

Trump’s aim is to stoke up a civil war atmosphere to justify dictatorial measures.

Trump names ultra-right congressman as intelligence chief

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2019

Trump named Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who resigned effective August 15.

The political strategy behind Trump’s racist diatribe against Baltimore

By Joseph Kishore, 29 July 2019

Trump’s diatribes mark a calculated escalation of his efforts to base his reelection campaign on the incitement of an openly fascistic movement

Supreme Court approves construction of Trump’s border wall

By Eric London, 27 July 2019

The ruling is a political victory for Trump and a blow to the separation of powers, dramatically strengthening the power of the executive branch.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Democrats in vote for Trump war budget

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, both members of the Democratic Socialists of America, voted for a bill that includes a record $738 billion for the military.

Mueller testimony: Another debacle for the Democrats’ anti-Russia campaign

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2019

The Democrats staged two House committee hearings with the former FBI head and special counsel in an attempt to revive their discredited claim that Putin stole the 2016 election for Trump.

Puerto Rico governor resigns after popular protests

By Jerry White, 25 July 2019

After 12 days of protests, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation late Wednesday night.

Democrats reach deal with Trump on budget and debt ceiling

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2019

The plan will boost military spending to record levels and reassure Wall Street.

Senator Warren warns of US economic “crash”

By Nick Beams, 24 July 2019

The bogus character of the agenda advanced by Warren, who has described herself as “capitalist to the bone,” is underscored by the measures she advances to meet the signs of a deepening crisis.

Mass protests shake Puerto Rican and US political establishment

By Jerry White, 23 July 2019

In what has been described as the largest demonstration in Puerto Rican history, an estimated half a million people marched Monday to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

Reports expose Trump administration’s “Border Patrol to emergency room” pipeline

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2019

Immigrant detainees are deliberately being subjected to conditions that spread disease in detention centers along the southern border.

Iran seizes UK tanker in Strait of Hormuz as danger of Middle East war mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019

Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.

Canada’s Trudeau postures as opponent of Trump following US president’s fascist outburst

By Roger Jordan, 20 July 2019

Trudeau’s theatrics notwithstanding, his government is an enthusiastic accomplice of Trump in implementing some of his administration’s most reactionary and belligerent policies.

US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups

By Kevin Martinez, 19 July 2019

The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.

Trump appeals to Democratic establishment and attacks the left

By Eric London, 19 July 2019

Trump’s praise for Democrats voting against impeachment was not mere bluster; he is operating according to a deliberate political strategy.

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal

Kamala Harris: Law-and-order with a dose of identity politics

By Dan Conway, 19 July 2019

At heart, Harris is a ruthless servant of US imperialism who seeks to conceal her right-wing politics with hollow social demagogy and references to her gender and racial identity.

A blow to the #MeToo sexual witch-hunt: The ignominious collapse of the case against actor Kevin Spacey

By David Walsh, 19 July 2019

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe in Massachusetts announced Wednesday that his office was dropping its sexual assault case against Spacey.

Socialism 2019: The ex-International Socialist Organization embraces the Democratic Party

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 July 2019

Amid Trump’s threats of war, unprecedented assaults on immigrants and attacks on democratic rights, Jacobin and the ex-leaders of the ISO hosted an event promoting the Democratic Party and American imperialism.

Campaign rally in North Carolina

Trump praises Democratic Party on impeachment, denounces congresswomen as a crowd howls, “Send her back!”

By Eric London, 18 July 2019

Continuing his fascistic campaign against socialism, Trump denounced “left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for.”

Trump aide demands of Jewish reporter: “What’s your ethnicity?”

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2019

Kellyanne Conway’s outburst, which has been hailed by neo-Nazi groups, gives a glimpse of the fascistic climate within Trump’s inner circle.

Donald Trump’s fascist strategy

By Eric London, 17 July 2019

Trump is proceeding according to a deliberate political strategy worked out with the White House’s fascist brain trust.

House Democrats ratify $733 billion for US military

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2019

The bill was passed with more than a dozen amendments, all of which will eventually be removed, to ensure the support of Democratic “progressives.”

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal

Pete Buttigieg: The made-to-order political “outsider”

By Tom Hall, 15 July 2019

The sudden elevation of Buttigieg is an effort to shift the Democratic presidential campaign to the right, particularly on issues related to national security.

Trump’s nominee for top US military commander calls for nuclear buildup to confront China

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2019

General Milley, tapped as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted that the US would be in confrontation with China for the next 100 years.

The phony war between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez

By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2019

The policy of the House Democrats is being set, not by the “lefts,” but by the most right-wing faction with close ties to the military-intelligence apparatus.

The Democratic presidential candidates: A socialist appraisal

Elizabeth Warren espouses economic nationalist policies aligned with Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2019

Despite her public image as a representative of the “left” wing of the Democratic Party, Warren is a highly conscious and self-declared advocate of capitalism.

US-British relations hit bottom following ambassador’s leaked Trump criticism

By Chris Marsden, 10 July 2019

Trump’s attack on May over Brexit is the latest broadside supportive of her likely successor Boris Johnson and of the breakup of the European Union.