Republican and Democratic Conventions

Trump runs for Führer

By Jacob Crosse and Andre Damon, 28 August 2020

Trump delivered a fascistic tirade from the White House lawn Thursday night, painting his reelection as the last bastion against “agitators” and “socialists.”

The Republican National Convention: A frightened ruling class incites fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2020

The convention, dominated by hysterical threats against left-wing political opposition, took place against the backdrop of a shooting of demonstrators by a right-wing vigilante.

Trump continues assault on democratic norms at Republican convention

By Barry Grey, 26 August 2020

The event marks the evolution of one of the two major parties of American capitalism into an instrument for the development of a personalist and authoritarian movement with increasingly fascistic characteristics.

Who are the Republican spymasters and war criminals who have endorsed Biden?

By Isaac Finn, 26 August 2020

Republican former security officials, virtually all of whom were involved in war crimes and domestic spying, have announced that they will be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.

The Biden campaign and the attempt to “rescue” American hegemony

By Andre Damon, 22 August 2020

The factions of the state backing the Biden campaign have set out to “reclaim America’s place in the world” by “getting tough” with Russia and China.

Democrats nominate Biden in inane display of political reaction

By Patrick Martin, 21 August 2020

The sheer contempt for the intelligence of the population and the viewing audience was summed up in Biden’s acceptance speech, which sought to cram every possible trite phrase into a single 20-minute address.

The nomination of Kamala Harris and the right-wing logic of identity politics

By Niles Niemuth, 20 August 2020

The Democrats hope that the endless celebration of the trite, empty symbolism of Harris’ candidacy will serve as a repeat of Barack Obama’s run for president in 2008.

The UAW at the Democratic National Convention: Gangsters and warmongers lock arms

By Tom Hall, 20 August 2020

The prominent role of the United Auto Workers at the convention underscores the reliance of the Democratic Party on the gangster-ridden unions to suppress the resistance of the working class to wage and job cutting and the homicidal back-to-work campaign.

Democratic convention opens with appeal to right-wing Republican support

By Patrick Martin, 18 August 2020

Bernie Sanders led the way in preaching political unity from “left” to right against Trump and for Biden.

Trump and Democratic Party establishment retain grip in primary contests

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020

Air Force helicopter pilot and war veteran Mary Jennings Hegar, a former Republican, will be the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Texas.

Sanders-Biden task forces and the debacle of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 July 2020

The Biden-Sanders collaboration has produced a total repudiation of all of the central pillars of Sanders’ campaign, in the midst of an unprecedented social and political crisis of world capitalism.

The Iowa caucuses debacle

By Patrick Martin, 5 February 2020

All the filth and corruption of capitalist politics is being poured into the 2020 elections to counter the shift to the left among youth and working people.

Billionaire Bloomberg enters race for Democratic presidential nomination

By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2019

Bloomberg has made a $37 million down-payment on what could well be a billion-dollar campaign.

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.

With frontrunner’s poll numbers falling in California

Clinton campaign, media rush to declare Clinton the Democratic nominee

By Barry Grey, 7 June 2016

The rush to declare Clinton the presumptive nominee is a measure not of political strength on the part of the Clinton campaign, but rather immense weakness and crisis.

Illinois Republicans announce Chicago bankruptcy legislation

By Kristina Betinis, 21 January 2016

Plans to allow the city of Chicago and its school system to declare bankruptcy are part of an escalating attack on public education and all the rights of the working class.

Obama's acceptance speech: A compendium of half-truths and lies

By Barry Grey, 8 September 2012

Barack Obama's speech Thursday night accepting the Democratic Party's nomination provided a fittingly cynical and demagogic conclusion to two weeks of media-scripted conventions staged by the two official parties.

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Obama speech caps two weeks of demagogy and right-wing policies

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2012

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans could honestly address the crisis of the profit system and its impact on working people.

Clinton at the Democratic convention: Rhetoric vs. reality

By Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2012

Former President Bill Clinton’s speech, in common with the entire narrative created by the Democrats to reelect Obama, was an exercise in fantasy and myth-making.

The Democratic convention: A scripted and empty spectacle

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2012

Paid scriptwriters have produced nearly every word spoken in the course of the three-day convention.

First night of Democratic convention

Phony populism from a party of corporate America

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2012

Speaker after speaker praised the auto bailout, which resulted in the slashing of wages and benefits and the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs.

The Democratic convention opens

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2012

There is a division of labor between the Democratic and Republican parties, but both serve the interests of the corporate ruling elite.

Romney outlines right-wing agenda in acceptance speech

By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2012

Romney’s speech closed a three-day convention, in which the Republican Party put on display the extreme right-wing program upon which it is campaigning.

Republican National Convention: A celebration of reaction

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2012

The convention adopted an ultra-right platform and rubber-stamped the nomination of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate.