US Politics

In response to protests over police violence

Sanders opposes “defunding” police, calls for increased pay for cops

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 June 2020

Sanders’ position boils down to an absolute defense of the police, which are an instrument of class rule.

Debacle in Georgia primary casts doubt on US elections

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2020

Voters described waits as long as four hours, a lack of machines and precincts running out of ballots.

Trump, Barr continue threat to deploy military against nationwide protests

By Barry Grey, 8 June 2020

The political situation in the US remains on a knife edge as Trump’s fascistic cabal continues to plot against the Constitution.

New York Times in crisis over op-ed backing military takeover

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2020

In publishing a fascistic diatribe by Senator Tom Cotton, headlined, “Send in the troops,” the Times editorial page tacitly sided with a military takeover of the United States.

White supremacist congressman Steve King defeated in Republican primary

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2020

Steve King fell out of favor with his party by saying too blatantly what Trump and his cronies really think.

Video: Police on nationwide rampage

1 June 2020

Throughout the country, police attacked nonviolent protestors and journalists with batons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and even vehicles.

Trump incites violent police rampage against protesters

By Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 June 2020

Trump’s calls for police violence and repression have been a common theme throughout his administration. Trump views the police as a potential power base for a dictatorial and fascistic regime.

999 JK statement on protests

1 June 2020

999 Sunkara backs Biden in NYT op-ed

1 June 2020

Trump escalates anti-China campaign

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2020

US President Trump dramatically escalated his reckless anti-China campaign yesterday, making clear that a dangerous confrontation between the two countries is all but inevitable.

US Justice Department drops insider trading investigation of three senators

By Jacob Crosse, 30 May 2020

The three senators, along with a fourth who remains under investigation, dumped large stock holdings based on classified briefings in January about the impending coronavirus disaster.

Howie Hawkins and the Green Party: Capitalist politics in the guise of “ecosocialism”

By Evan Blake, 29 May 2020

Following Bernie Sanders’s endorsement of Biden, the Green Party and its presumptive presidential nominee Hawkins are presenting themselves as the continuation of Sanders’s “political revolution.”

Angling for VP nomination, Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops “Medicare for All”

By Jacob Crosse, 28 May 2020

Within the last two weeks, the self-styled progressive has backtracked on two core campaign pledges

220 Warren takes back support for Medicare for all

26 May 2020

Memorial Day in America: 100,000 COVID-19 deaths surpass combined US combat fatalities in Korea and Vietnam

By Barry Grey, 25 May 2020

A false narrative dominates the entire coverage of the expanding pandemic—that human life must be balanced against the “economy,” by which is meant the economy of the rich.

Biden’s “gaffe” and the black vote

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2020

The verbal outburst against host Charlamagne Tha God gave a glimpse of the cynical calculations that underlie the Democratic presidential campaign.

Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the US South

Hospitals overwhelmed in California and Alabama as national death toll approaches 100,000

By Bryan Dyne, 23 May 2020

The spike in cases in such divergent areas of the country is another indication that, contrary to official policy, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is not slowing but increasing.

Hydroxychloroquine: New scientific study refutes the quack-in-chief

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 May 2020

President Trump claimed this week he had been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure. His statements demonstrate both ignorance and hostility to science.

US Agriculture Department outlines program to aid farmers hit by pandemic

By Alex Findijs, 23 May 2020

The design of the program will inevitably lead to a disproportionate share of funding flowing to large firms.

Oppose the Trump administration’s deportation of 1,000 immigrant children!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 23 May 2020

International laws and statutes that once offered special protections for immigrant youth seeking asylum have been made a dead letter by the Trump administration.

Bernie Sanders threatens delegates with removal if they criticize Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 23 May 2020

Since ending his second bid for the presidency, Sanders has worked to browbeat his supporters into backing Joe Biden.

Trump official blames high US coronavirus death toll on the diversity that “unfortunately” exists in the population

By Jacob Crosse, 19 May 2020

The fascistic comment is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to find an excuse for its catastrophic performance in the COVID-19 pandemic.

As death toll mounts, White House steps up efforts to scapegoat China for pandemic

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2020

Blaming China not only deflects attention from the Trump administration’s responsibility for the horrific US death toll, but feeds into its anti-China trade war measures.

Purge of government watchdogs escalates drive for authoritarian rule

Trump fires State Department inspector general

By Barry Grey, 18 May 2020

Over the past six weeks, Trump also has removed the inspectors general of the Intelligence Community, Defense and Health and Human Services.

On “This Week” news show, Sanders urges supporters to vote for Biden

By Jacob Crosse, 18 May 2020

Sanders used the national platform afforded him to once again urge his supporters to vote for the right-wing Democratic candidate.

Trump threatens to cut all ties with China

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2020

The US president’s phony allegations—that China failed to prevent COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic—have been integrated into Washington’s trade war measures.

US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus “relief” bill

By Jacob Crosse, 16 May 2020

In a near party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a fourth stimulus bill that has no chance of being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

US Senate reauthorizes domestic surveillance, allows access to internet histories

By Kevin Reed, 16 May 2020

The Senate voted 80 to 16 to reauthorize the domestic surveillance provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including rejection of an amendment that would have barred law enforcement from accessing the internet browsing and search histories of citizens.

Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2020

After fostering an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s government and murdering its president, the US placed Caracas on a list of governments deemed uncooperative in the “war on terrorism.”

Budget shortfalls and planned cuts threaten higher education across the US

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 May 2020

Colleges and universities across the US are announcing layoffs and eliminating programs in response to declines in state revenue and financial pressures from dormitory refunds and other costs incurred as they moved classes online.

The murderous pseudoscience of “herd immunity”

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2020

Proponents of “herd immunity” argue that measures to contain COVID-19 should be abandoned, allowing the disease to infect billions of people and kill countless millions.

Democrats release fraudulent “relief” bill

By Barry Grey, 14 May 2020

The political charade and partisan grandstanding now under way serve to mask the bipartisan unity when it comes to protecting the basic class interests of the ruling elite.

Republicans win two US House special elections

By our reporter, 14 May 2020

The results were a blow to the Democrats, who lost a seat in California they had first captured in 2018.

Biden embraces Trump’s effort to blame China for COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 14 May 2020

The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has produced a TV ad echoing the Trump administration’s false claims that China misled the world about COVID-19.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Biden-Sanders “unity task force” ahead of 2020 elections

By Genevieve Leigh, 14 May 2020

The announcement of the membership of the task forces is an effort on the part of Sanders to provide the right-wing Biden campaign with a “progressive” gloss amidst growing social unrest.

Biden attacks Trump for “hampering” the reopening of business

By Barry Grey, 12 May 2020

In a Washington Post column Joe Biden criticizes Trump’s handling of the pandemic from the standpoint of disaffected sections of business.

Bernie Sanders’ interview with the Washington Post: The thin gruel of Democratic Party politics

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 May 2020

Sanders glossed over the reality of the health and economic catastrophe facing millions of workers and made no mention of the corporate bailouts for which he has voted in the Senate.

At Trump’s urging: US Justice Department quashes Flynn prosecution

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2020

The dropping of perjury charges against retired General Flynn—to which he had already pled guilty—is a further step toward the consolidation of an authoritarian regime in Washington.

A video sermon from war criminal George W. Bush on compassion, empathy and kindness

By Jacob Crosse, 7 May 2020

Bush’s call for national unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic received a hostile reaction from thousands of social media users.

Trump escalates attacks on China over COVID-19

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2020

US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.

Trump tweets support for armed right-wing protesters in Michigan

By Kevin Reed, 2 May 2020

The right-wing demonstration in the Michigan state Capitol is part of a high-level campaign to force a return to work in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump blocks federal funeral aid to families of COVID-19 victims

By Jacob Crosse, 2 May 2020

While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.

Biden denies sexual assault allegation, but Democrats’ nervousness about his candidacy grows

By David Walsh, 2 May 2020

The deaths of 65,000 people and the collapse of jobs and incomes have not shaken the Democrats, who are as callous as Donald Trump, but a sex scandal is another matter.

Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2020

Despite his long record of opposition to super PACs, Sanders has remained silent on the creation of the “Future to Believe In” political action committee.

Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2020

Coming one day after the endorsement of Biden by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the event signaled the alignment of all factions of the Democratic Party behind the most right-wing of the major contestants in this year's Democratic primaries.

New York state cancels Democratic presidential primary

By Shuvu Batta, 30 April 2020

The action is an effort to block the election of a sizeable delegation pledged to Bernie Sanders.

Amid simmering crisis over sexual assault charges

Nancy Pelosi endorses Biden

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2020

The unity at the top has not resolved the Democratic Party’s deep crisis.

Larry Summers and the Biden campaign

By Nick Beams, 27 April 2020

Summers has a long history of supporting all the measures leading to the financialization of the American economy and the siphoning off of wealth and income to its upper layers.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell calls for states to declare bankruptcy and gut pensions

By Barry Grey, 25 April 2020

Declaring bankruptcy would allow state governments to override laws and state constitutional provisions that guarantee the pension benefits of retired public workers.

Los Angeles mayor releases plan for massive budget cutting and city worker furloughs

By Dan Conway, 25 April 2020

The cuts announced by the Democratic mayor herald an onslaught of similar measures in other US cities and states.

As coronavirus cases climb, Chicago city council expands mayor’s emergency powers

By Kristina Betinis, 25 April 2020

After a procedural delay, a vote to approve the measure that gives Lightfoot substantial sway over the city budget took place Friday.

Rasputin in the White House

By Eric London and David North, 25 April 2020

Ignorance, cronyism and gangsterism at the pinnacle of the American state.

Former leaders of Students for a Democratic Society try to drum up support for Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2020

Last week the Nation magazine published an open letter, signed by 60 former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society, which calls on Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Joe Biden.

Trump threatens to adjourn Congress

By Tom Carter, 21 April 2020

As strikes and walkouts break out with increasing frequency, the political establishments around the world stumble further and further to the right.

How the Obama administration ignored the pandemic threat

By Jacob Crosse, 21 April 2020

The inadequate response of the Obama-Biden administration to previous viral outbreaks demonstrates the responsibility of both big-business parties for the horrific toll being wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

As states plan unprecedented budget cuts

Trump administration escalates war against public education through Wall Street bailout

By Phyllis Steele and Evan Blake, 21 April 2020

Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are utilizing the crisis to push through their right-wing agenda of block grants, defunding public education and promoting charter, religious and private schools.

Biden ads against Trump: Blame China for impact of coronavirus, not the ruling class

By Barry Grey, 20 April 2020

With his new ads, Biden lines up behind Trump's anti-China witch hunt, seeking merely to turn the chauvinist and war-mongering agitation against Trump himself.

Sanders tells supporters: It is “irresponsible” not to campaign for Biden

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 17 April 2020

As in 2016, but now under much more explosive social and political conditions, Sanders is exchanging his “political revolution against the establishment” for the thin gruel of “lesser evil” politics.

Ocasio-Cortez offers her services to the Biden campaign

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 April 2020

In an interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez did not articulate a single demand as a condition for her support for the Biden campaign.

Republican Supreme Court justice defeated in Wisconsin vote

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2020

Appointed incumbent Daniel Kelly lost to Democrat Jill Karofsky despite Republican Party efforts to rig the voting in last week’s election, whose results were released April 13.

Sanders endorses Biden: The “political revolution” that never was!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 14 April 2020

Sanders’ endorsement of Biden is the shabby outcome of his campaign, the entire purpose of which was to prevent social and political opposition from breaking free of the Democratic Party.

Biden joins the “back-to-work” bandwagon

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2020

Biden's main concern is “how we get our economy back on track,” in other words, how the American capitalist class can resume the process of extracting profit from the labor of workers.

Trump’s campaign to reopen businesses risks hundreds of thousands of lives

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 11 April 2020

By the US government’s own calculations, a premature return to work could lead to 140,000 additional deaths.

The end of Sanders’ campaign deepens crisis in Democratic Socialists of America

By Eric London, 11 April 2020

The main purpose of a recent forum hosted by Jacobin magazine was to answer the question “Where to go next?” with a definitive: “Nowhere, stay in the Democratic Party.”

Wolves guard the hen house: Who is overseeing the $2 trillion stimulus package?

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 April 2020

The mechanisms established to manage stimulus money primarily exist to bail out the major corporations, further enrich the banks, and to secure Wall Street.

A modest proposal from Thomas Friedman

New York Times columnist urges Biden “national unity” cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2020

Friedman's proposal for a Biden “national unity cabinet” is only the crudest expression of the right-wing embrace of the Democratic nominee.

As social struggles mount over coronavirus pandemic

Bernie Sanders ends campaign, calls on supporters to back Biden

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 9 April 2020

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders formally ended his campaign for president on Wednesday and called on his supporters to back former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Vote and Die”

Wisconsin’s pandemic election: A public health disaster

By Niles Niemuth, 9 April 2020

The decision to hold an election in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak which has already killed tens of thousands of people is a criminal act by both parties which will guarantee more infections and deaths in the US.

Trump nominates White House lawyer to oversee $500 billion bailout slush fund

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2020

While the US government expedites the flood of cash to the wealthy and slow-walks any assistance to workers and sections of the lower-middle class, the economic collapse is accelerating.

Wisconsin state Supreme Court overturns governor’s action, orders in-person voting today

By Jacob Crosse and Patrick Martin, 7 April 2020

The court has sided with the Republican-controlled state legislature against the Democratic governor, in an action that threatens the lives of thousands of Wisconsin voters, told to risk COVID-19 infection by going to the polls.

Bernie Sanders’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic: A lifeline for the ruling class

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 April 2020

Sanders presented his proposal for a new bill in Congress to address the coronavirus pandemic this past Saturday.

Liberals discover a new savior in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

By Fred Mazelis, 7 April 2020

The right-wing politician has enforced brutal austerity throughout his decade in office.

Fired aircraft carrier commander has COVID-19

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2020

The diagnosis underscores the real dangers facing the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and all military personnel, to which Trump is entirely indifferent.

As infections and deaths soar, Georgia governor issues “stay-at-home” directive

By Kranti Kumara, 4 April 2020

Governor Brian Kemp claimed that “he did not know until the last 24 hours” that persons infected with the coronavirus but showing no symptoms could infect others.

Coronavirus freezes Democratic presidential campaign as states postpone primaries

By Trévon Austin and Patrick Martin, 2 April 2020

Fourteen states have either delayed presidential primaries or extended deadlines for voting by mail.

As COVID-19 pandemic exposes failure of capitalism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shifts to the right

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 April 2020

Ocasio-Cortez is increasingly lining up behind the Democratic Party establishment at the very point that the coronavirus catastrophe is demonstrating the failure of the capitalist system and discrediting all of its political parties and representatives.

Top US health adviser predicts millions will contract COVID-19 and 100,000–200,000 will die

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 30 March 2020

As Trump’s top health advisers warn of a rapid escalation of infections and deaths across the country, the White House, visibly in crisis, shifts from one stop-gap policy to another.

House passes Senate “rescue” bill

Democrats unite with Trump to enact massive corporate bailout

By Barry Grey, 28 March 2020

The bill amounts to virtually unlimited funding for the corporate and financial aristocracy, with no real strings attached.

As General Motors demands profits, ventilator shortage in US threatens tens of thousands of lives

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2020

The capitalist system has proven entirely unable to provide the most basic necessities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic—including ventilators and protective equipment—threatening hundreds of thousands of lives.

Democratic Socialists of America, Haymarket Books hold online event to boost Democratic Party amid coronavirus crisis

By Eric London, 28 March 2020

The event was called to paper over the role of the Democratic Party in creating conditions for the coronavirus to wreak havoc on the population of the US.

As US cases of COVID-19 surpass all other countries

Trump’s “Get back to work” demagogy aids the spread of the pandemic

By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2020

Amidst an expanding pandemic, which is still in its early stages, the Trump administration is intensifying its efforts to force a return to work, which would endanger the lives of millions of workers.

As big business parties near deal on $2 trillion corporate bailout

Trump calls for lifting COVID-19 restrictions by Easter

By Barry Grey, 25 March 2020

With the US death toll from COVID-19 nearing 700 and infections surging, President Trump on Tuesday pledged to “open up” the country and force workers back to work by Easter.

Socialist Alternative town hall injects racial politics into COVID-19 pandemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 March 2020

The event was an attempt to cover over the conventional Democratic Party politics of Socialist Alternative and the DSA with anti-capitalist rhetoric and empty slogans. This was combined with the foul injection of racial politics, a hallmark of the Democratic Party.

While dumping their stock, US senators misled the public on coronavirus crisis

By Jacob Crosse, 21 March 2020

After receiving classified intelligence briefings, at least four US senators sold millions of dollars worth of stock while downplaying the severity of the virus to the public.

California governor orders statewide lockdown as US coronavirus deaths top 200

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020

The number of Americans with coronavirus is nearing 15,000, and more than 200 have died.

CIA veterans endorse Biden for president—and so does Tulsi Gabbard

By Jacob Crosse, 20 March 2020

The nominally antiwar congresswoman joined more than 80 former spies and intelligence agents in offering her “full support” to Biden.

Bernie Sanders draws his campaign to an end: The political lessons

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 19 March 2020

For the second time in four years, Sanders has diverted popular hostility to the capitalist system back within the framework of the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Biden sweeps three primaries amid coronavirus crisis

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2020

The former vice president extended his lead over Bernie Sanders to more than 300 delegates, while voter turnout plunged.

US capitalism’s response to the pandemic: Nothing for health care, unlimited cash for Wall Street

By Andre Damon, 16 March 2020

US President Trump announced another massive handout to the financial oligarchy Sunday night, even as congressional Democrats made clear they would offer no paid sick leave to workers affected by the pandemic.

New York Times hypocritically accuses Russia of “weaponizing race” in 2020 elections

By Eric London, 14 March 2020

The purpose of the article, published by the primary purveyors of racial politics, is to advance an anti-Russia foreign policy and deny the existence of real social divisions in America.

Biden, Sanders appeal for joint action with Republicans over coronavirus pandemic

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2020

In separate speeches, the two Democratic presidential candidates auditioned for the role of commander-in-chief for American capitalism in the midst of a deepening global crisis.

Sanders begins campaign to drag his supporters behind Biden

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2020

Sanders’ 10-minute speech on Wednesday, after which he took no questions, effectively conceded the Democratic nomination to the former vice president.

Biden racks up decisive victories over Sanders in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi primaries

By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2020

The former vice president has a lead of nearly 150 delegates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“They want to keep the working class divided along racial and ethnic lines to keep all of the money to themselves”

Sanders rally attendees in Michigan discuss socialism and the Democratic Party

By our reporters, 9 March 2020

At each rally, it was evident that the majority of Sanders’ supporters are far to the left of him politically.

The Democratic Party rallies behind Biden

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2020

In its support for this corrupt, senile figurehead, the Democratic Party is demonstrating the political bankruptcy of Sanders’ campaign.

On the eve of Michigan primary

Another corporate media smear against Bernie Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2020

A New York Times article claims that Soviet officials saw cultivating ties with Sanders in the 1980s as a political “opportunity.”

After Super Tuesday primaries, Warren drops out, Sanders tacks to the right

By Barry Grey, 6 March 2020

Sanders began running a campaign ad Tuesday consisting entirely of former President Barack Obama speaking in glowing terms of the Vermont senator.

The political lessons of Sanders’ Super Tuesday defeat

By Eric London, 5 March 2020

Biden’s victory shows once again it is impossible to transform the capitalist Democratic Party into a vehicle for socialist politics.

Democratic Party leaders engineer Biden victory in most Super Tuesday states

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2020

The outcome is a rebuff to the claims by Bernie Sanders that the Democratic Party can become the vehicle of a political revolution in America.

Federal appeals court rules Congress cannot enforce White House subpoena

By John Burton, 4 March 2020

The DC Circuit ruling, if it stands, is expected to affect a number of other congressional inquiries, including ongoing House efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.