The Trump Presidency

White House makes clear, “We’re not going to control the pandemic”

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 October 2020

In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” talk show, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made clear that the Trump Administration has abandoned any efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

ICE uses torture to pressure African asylum seekers to agree to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020

In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.

Activist with ties to Ohio Republican legislators plotted to kidnap and kill Governor Mike DeWine

By Eric London, 24 October 2020

Renea Turner is a Trump supporter linked to a group of state legislators who have threatened to impeach DeWine or have him “arrested” for his coronavirus lockdown actions.

As US election approaches, New York Times intensifies its anti-Russia disinformation campaign

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 24 October 2020

The propaganda campaign by the Times and US intelligence agencies is aimed at fighting out conflicts within the ruling class over foreign policy while distracting attention from Trump’s ongoing conspiracies.

Final presidential debate: Candidates silent on Trump threat of political coup

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2020

The candidates made no reference to the plot to assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer or the growing threat of fascist violence encouraged by the White House.

Trump storms out of interview when asked about ties to Michigan conspiracy

By Eric London, 23 October 2020

By walking out of the interview with 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl, Trump revealed that he views the fascist plot as a massive political liability while a new report confirms the threat of fascist election violence.

As police continue to disobey orders

Right-wing groups sue Michigan over ban on weapons at polling stations

By Michael Anders, 23 October 2020

Three right-wing organizations have filed a lawsuit to overturn Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s order banning open carry of firearms at polling stations.

Hundreds of migrant children torn from their families under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy yet to be reunited with parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 22 October 2020

More than 500 children who were taken away by the Trump administration as part of its brutal crackdown on undocumented immigrants three years ago are yet to be reunited with their families.

Why does Jacobin Magazine downplay the danger of fascist violence?

By Eric London, 22 October 2020

A recent Jacobin article on the Michigan coup plot is aimed at reassuring its readers that there is “nothing to see here.”

999 Minnesota group recruiting armed militia for poll watching

22 October 2020

US Justice Department and eleven states file antitrust lawsuit against Google

By By Kevin Reed, 22 October 2020

The US Department of Justice submitted a lawsuit against Google on Tuesday saying the $1 trillion corporation was in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

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21 October 2020

999 Google anti-trust case

21 October 2020

Trump steps up fascist agitation, targeting Fauci

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2020

Fauci has already become a target of far-right Trump supporters. He and his wife have received death threats by email, phone and text message.

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21 October 2020

At Muskegon, Michigan rally

Trump escalates threats of violence and dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2020

In the state where his far-right supporters plotted the assassination of the governor, Trump renewed his appeals to violence and denunciations of socialism.

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17 October 2020

Role of Virginia fascists in conspiracy to kill Northam and Whitmer comes into focus

By Eric London, 17 October 2020

Many questions remain as to the possible role of Virginia Boogaloo members and other fascist groups in the expanding plot against Democratic governors.

Who is Barry County, Michigan Sheriff Dar Leaf?

By Joseph Lorenz, 17 October 2020

The extent of Leaf’s political connections to the fascist groups remain unclear, but his own political history highlights the rise of the far right into the mainstream of US politics and the danger posed by these fascists in the coming period.

US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall

By Adria French, 17 October 2020

Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.

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17 October 2020

Democrats let Amy Coney Barrett sail through Supreme Court confirmation hearings

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2020

In the course of the hearings, the Democrats deliberately downplayed the connection between the rush to confirm and install Barrett on the Supreme Court and Trump’s conspiracy to carry out an election coup.

Trump administration reverses decision to not send $350 million in federal aid to fight California fires

By Alexa Castro, 17 October 2020

As wildfires continue to destroy millions of acres throughout the US West Coast, the social and economic crisis continues to deepen in the region.

The Great Barrington Declaration: A manifesto of death

By Andre Damon, 16 October 2020

The White House’s embrace of “herd immunity” is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.

Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public

By Jacob Crosse, 16 October 2020

The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.

Video recordings reveal Republican strategy to suppress the vote in US election

By Jacob Crosse, 15 October 2020

The Council for National Policy, a secret society of ultra-wealthy conservative activists, media and business moguls is closely linked to the Republican Party and Donald Trump.

Sheriff defends Michigan conspirators as details emerge of plot’s scope, links to police and Trump campaign

By Eric London, 15 October 2020

New information about Huron Valley Guns, which employed one plotter, shows that the facility has deep connections to the police, ICE and the Republican Party.

Trump’s “herd immunity” policy and right-wing terror

By Andre Damon, 14 October 2020

On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that two Trump administration officials said the White House supports the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement advocating for the mass infection of the population with COVID-19 through a policy of “herd immunity.”

Day two of hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: Democrats maintain silence on White House plot to overturn election

By Barry Grey, 14 October 2020

At Tuesday's hearing, the Democrats adopted a posture of cringing respect for the far-right judge, echoing Biden's remark in last month’s presidential debate that she is “a very fine woman.”

Democrats silent on Trump’s election coup plans as confirmation hearings begin on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

By Barry Grey, 13 October 2020

Besides her potential role in an election coup d’etat, Barrett will shift the Supreme Court further to the right, gutting abortion rights, reversing protections for gays, attacking the separation of church and state, lifting restrictions on guns and blocking federal regulation of business.

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Questions mount about Trump’s ties to Michigan fascist plotters

By Eric London, 13 October 2020

Today, Eric Trump was scheduled to speak at Hudson Valley Guns in New Huron, Michigan, where one of the 13 men arrested last Thursday for plotting to kidnap and murder Gretchen Whitmer was employed.

A profile of the conspirators in the Michigan plot

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2020

The 13 men arrested have two things in common: extreme right-wing politics and economic marginalization.

As police rampage continues in Oregon and Wisconsin

Trump supporter killed by Pinkerton agent during dueling Denver, Colorado protests

By Jacob Crosse, 12 October 2020

Despite the fact the shooter was employed by one of the most notorious security agencies in US history, far-right media outlets and personalities tried to paint the killing as the latest example of “BLM/Antifa” violence.

Trump continues far-right appeals as details of Michigan plot emerge

By Eric London, 12 October 2020

The exposure last weekend of a plot to assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has uncovered the existence of a nationwide underground far-right terror network.

Trudeau admits US heading for post-election “disturbances,” but won’t condemn Trump

By Keith Jones, 10 October 2020

The Canadian government, reports Reuters, is in consultations with the principal European imperialist powers about how they will respond to Trump’s coup, which has already been set in motion.

Trump intensifies conflict with big tech over Section 230 protections following censorship moves by Facebook and Twitter

By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2020

After Facebook and Twitter both censored Trump for falsely comparing the coronavirus to the flu, the president called for a repeal of the law protecting social media companies from liability for content posted on their platforms.

Democrats and corporate media cover-up Trump’s role in Michigan coup plot

By Eric London, 10 October 2020

The silence of the Democratic Party and corporate media is giving Trump an opening to move forward with his plot to use fascist militia to overturn the outcome of the election.

US imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran amid spiraling COVID-19 pandemic

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2020

The sweeping sanctions announced on Thursday are aimed at denying Iran all access to the financial markets, thus cutting off the country’s access to desperately needed food and medicine.

The Michigan conspiracy, Trump, and the 2020 election

By Eric London, 9 October 2020

Donald Trump is engaged in a plot to deploy fascist militia to overturn the outcome of the election. The working class must demand answers in order to expose and stop the conspiracy.

COVID-19 cuts a swath through official Washington

By a reporter, 8 October 2020

The coronavirus is cutting a swathe through official Washington, hitting dozens of White House aides, the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff and well over a hundred members of Congress and their staff.

“We need to take away the children”: Top Justice Department officials drove Trump’s anti-immigrant family separation policy

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 October 2020

While the specific officials mentioned in the report are no longer leading the department, the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants has continued unabated.

Thirteen arrested in far-advanced pro-Trump conspiracy to murder Michigan’s governor and overthrow the state government

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2020

The ultra-right conspiracy in Michigan is part of a national plot inspired by the US president to defy the election results and stay in power.

At vice presidential debate

Harris refuses to oppose Trump’s planned 2020 election coup

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2020

The Democratic candidate was asked what her party’s response would be to Trump seeking to remain in office in defiance of the voters.

Trump escalates political conspiracy despite White House pandemic

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 7 October 2020

Trump’s decision to return to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center Monday night was intended to get his plot to overturn the election back on track.

Trump breaks off talks on pandemic stimulus bill

By Barry Grey, 7 October 2020

Trump’s announcement is a savage attack on the working class under conditions of a worsening pandemic, a rising tide of permanent layoffs, soaring hunger and tens of millions of looming evictions and home foreclosures.

Republican operatives indicted in voter suppression scheme in Michigan

By Jacob Crosse, 7 October 2020

Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl are alleged to have orchestrated a mass robo-call voter suppression campaign that targeted minority voters in Detroit.

Academic promoted by Jacobin to campaign for reopening schools meets with Trump officials

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 October 2020

Martin Kulldorff, who was interviewed and endorsed by Jacobin to support the reopening of schools, met Monday with top Trump officials to discuss the policy of “herd immunity.”

US-Mexico border wall cutting through Native American tribal lands

By Adria French, 7 October 2020

Trump’s border wall is being constructed through culturally important sites, including Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Tohono O’Odham lands in southwestern Arizona.

Trump copies Hitler

6 October 2020

A video tweeted by President Trump depicting his return to the White House on October 5, 2020 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 was clearly modeled after Hitler's arrival at the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in the Nazi film Triumph of the Will.

Trump stages White House return to boost back-to-work policy and election coup plans

By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2020

The departure was staged for political effect and signals the resumption of efforts to carry out an election day coup d’état.

Trump mobilized Republican-state army to suppress DC protests in June coup attempt

By Nick Barrickman, 5 October 2020

An investigation conducted by the Washington Post details how Trump utilized a legal loophole to deploy National Guard troops from various states on the streets of Washington D.C. to suppress protests on June 1.

Trump falls victim to his own “herd immunity” policy

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2020

While the short-term political consequences are highly unpredictable, the Trump diagnosis does not alter the fundamental trajectory of the social and political crisis of American capitalism.

New York Times echoes Trump’s attacks on “violent anarchists”

By Jacob Crosse, 3 October 2020

Times editorial board member Farah Stockman attacks supposed anarchists from the standpoint of the privileged African American upper middle class.

Trump presses threats of violence, voter suppression

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2020

The Republican Party is emboldened in its attacks on working people by the cowardice of the Democrats and the Biden campaign.

The ultra-right background of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

By Alan Gilman, 1 October 2020

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a protegée of arch-reactionary Antonin Scalia, would significantly shift the court in the direction of religious obscurantism and political repression.

Trump administration prepares anti-immigrant raids in Democratic Party-led “sanctuary cities” ahead of November election

By Trévon Austin, 1 October 2020

The latest maneuver in Trump’s war on immigrants cannot be separated from his effort to carry out a coup d’état and establish a presidential dictatorship.

Trump’s Operation Dictatorship: What the debate exposed

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 October 2020

The White House is the center of a fascistic conspiracy to overturn the Constitution and establish a presidential dictatorship.

Trump uses debate to incite fascist violence

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 30 September 2020

Trump renewed his call for supporters—that is, right-wing vigilante organizations—to monitor polling places and not accept the results of the election.

US strikes Iraqi targets from aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2020

The airstrikes from the USS Nimitz were launched as Washington steadily escalated threats to “liquidate” Iranian-aligned Shia militias in Iraq.

Coronavirus surges across US Midwest

By Bryan Dyne, 30 September 2020

The sharpest rise in new cases is in Wisconsin, where nearly one in five of those tested for the coronavirus tests positive.

Desperation swells among millions of unemployed in the US as layoffs mount and aid dries up

By Jacob Crosse, 30 September 2020

Audits conducted within the last month in California, Wisconsin, Florida and Nevada reveal that millions of calls to unemployment agencies have gone unanswered.

Federal district judge blocks President Trump’s TikTok download ban

By Kevin Reed, 29 September 2020

A US district court judge blocked Trump’s emergency ban of the video sharing app on Sunday, saying it violates the exchange of “information and informational materials” protected by the constitution.

US political warfare escalates with New York Times release of Trump tax returns

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2020

While it is not clear whether Trump is even nominally a billionaire, he is certainly one of the great tax cheats of the 21st century.

Is Trump preparing an “October Surprise”?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2020

With the US presidential election barely five weeks away, Washington is stoking conflicts across the globe, first and foremost with China.

As Trump nominates ultra-right jurist

Biden downplays danger of election coup

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2020

In an interview with MSNBC, the Democratic presidential nominee sought to spread complacency about Trump’s threat of dictatorship.

Washington continues to ramp up tensions with Beijing over Taiwan

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2020

The US has sent another high-ranking government official to Taiwan—a thinly-veiled challenge to the “One China” policy—while also planning a $7 billion military package to Taipei.

Why won’t the Democrats fight Trump?

By Andre Damon, 25 September 2020

The Democrats are determined to prevent the intervention of the broad mass of the population in opposition to Trump, which would challenge the interests of the financial oligarchy and the geopolitical interests of American imperialism.

Video footage exposes police shooting of 13-year-old autistic boy in Salt Lake City

By Niles Niemuth, 23 September 2020

While Linden Cameron somehow survived being shot 11 times, police in the US are still on track to kill nearly 1,000 people, a grim toll they have exacted every year since 2015.

The CDC retracts its guidance that stipulated the airborne danger of the coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 September 2020

Though the CDC said it had erroneously published the unvetted draft, the political fallout faced by the CDC suggests it was a political maneuver to save face.

Trump delivers anti-China tirade to United Nations

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2020

The annual opening of the UN General Assembly was held under the shadow of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the growing threat of imperialist war.

Democrats capitulate as Republicans secure votes to install far-right justice on Supreme Court

By Barry Grey and Jacob Crosse, 23 September 2020

For all their bluster, the Democrats were focused on preventing a plunge in the stock market by reaching a government funding deal with the Republicans before the September 30 deadline.

Trump on coronavirus pandemic: “Virtually nobody” affected

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 23 September 2020

The indifference expressed by Trump to death on a mass scale expresses not only his personal outlook but the social policy of the ruling class.

President Trump gives preliminary approval to takeover of TikTok by Oracle and Walmart

By Kevin Reed, 21 September 2020

In an unprecedented act of imperialist piracy, the assets of Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok are being handed over to Oracle, Walmart and group of private investors.

Jacobin magazine embraces Trump administration’s murderous “herd immunity” policy

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020

On Saturday, Jacobin magazine published an extended interview with anti-lockdown activist Martin Kulldorff, who demanded that “schools and universities should reopen” because “young, healthy people contribute to…herd immunity.”

Colorado police conduct militarized arrests of Party for Socialism and Liberation members

By Jacob Crosse, 19 September 2020

The manner of the arrests and the overwhelming charges against the six protesters are a clear act of intimidation against all those determined to put an end to police violence and racism.

US, Colombia stage war games as Pompeo threatens Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2020

Pompeo’s Latin American tour is aimed both at escalating aggression against Venezuela and countering China’s influence in the region.

White House bans TikTok and WeChat: A major intensification of internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 19 September 2020

The move is an assault on freedom of expression and an effort to consolidate control of the internet by a handful of massive corporations working in partnership with the American government.

Trump repeats threats of post-election military repression as Barr calls for charging protesters with “sedition”

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2020

While Trump and his political aides and advisers openly speak of civil war and martial law, the Democrats are largely ignoring and covering up the moves toward dictatorial forms of rule.

As US death toll hits 200,000, Trump calls for herd immunity

By Andre Damon, 17 September 2020

“Herd immunity” has been the guiding principle of Trump’s response to the pandemic, underlying his efforts to downplay the virus, handicap testing and get workers back on the job as quickly as possible.

Trump stages sham Mideast “peace” ceremony on White House lawn

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2020

The overriding significance of the Israel-UAE-Bahrain accords is the further consolidation of a US-led anti-Iran axis in the Middle East.

Exposure of Trump’s lies on COVID-19 implicates Spain’s Podemos party

By Alejandro López, 15 September 2020

Though it had access to intelligence briefings on the deadly danger posed by the pandemic, Podemos adopted a criminally negligent policy.

White House announces Oracle Corporation as “trusted tech partner” of TikTok

By Kevin Reed, 15 September 2020

The announcement of a “technology partnership” between Oracle Corporation and TikTok is part of an attempt to whip up anti-Chinese sentiments in advance of the US elections.

Trump, Roger Stone call for violence and repression after Election Day

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2020

The US president and his oldest political crony called for a police-military crackdown to back his continued rule.

COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia migrant detention center caused by repression of anti-police brutality protesters

By Joe Williams, 14 September 2020

The outbreak at the Farmville detention center demonstrates the capitalist class’s disdain for democratic rights and the lives of the entire population.

Democrats and media silent on execution of Michael Reinoehl by US Marshals

By Kevin Reed, 10 September 2020

New details on the September 3 killing of Michael Reinoehl by a task force led by federal Marshals confirm that the Portland protester was executed in a hail of police bullets.

The plot against America and the world: How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 10 September 2020

Newly released recorded conversations between Donald Trump and reporter Bob Woodward make clear that the White House, abetted by the media, made a calculated decision to suppress information about the pandemic that has cost nearly 200,000 lives.

The Civil War Election

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 9 September 2020

The US election, now less than two months away, is entering its final stages under conditions of unprecedented social, economic and political crisis.

Political furor erupts over Trump slurs against dead and wounded US soldiers

By Patrick Martin, 7 September 2020

The US president only states in a particularly crude and vulgar fashion what the capitalist class as a whole thinks about those it treats as cannon fodder.

Trump administration overpays, underdelivers on USDA food box program for the hungry

By Alex Findijs, 7 September 2020

Millions of dollars that could be utilized to feed struggling workers have been wasted all while millions of American families go hungry and millions of pounds of food have gone to waste in the fields.

US enters new phase of coronavirus pandemic: Report estimates more than 400,000 deaths by January

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 7 September 2020

The policy that has been adopted by the Trump administration and the ruling class is “herd immunity”—that is, the abandonment of any organized measures aimed at safeguarding public health.

Federal task force kills suspect in slaying of right-wing Trump supporter in Portland

By Niles Niemuth, 5 September 2020

Michael Forest Reinoehl, gunned down by a fugitive task force in Washington State on Thursday, had said he was being “hunted” by far-right groups coordinating with the police.

Trump campaign enlists army of poll-watchers to intimidate Democratic voters

By Barry Grey, 5 September 2020

The Trump campaign hopes to mobilize among its “poll watchers” the militia and vigilante types who have been attacking those protesting police violence and racism.

New pandemic projections place US death toll at over 400,000 by end of the year

By Benjamin Mateus, 5 September 2020

The IHME prediction would see COVID-19 deaths comparable to the 1918 influenza pandemic, which took 675,000 lives in the US.

US joblessness crisis worsens as nearly 900,000 file new unemployment claims

By Jacob Crosse, 4 September 2020

Millions of families’ daily existence has been reduced to the struggle for bare necessities as hunger continues to grow.

School and college outbreaks make Iowa the US COVID-19 hotspot

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 September 2020

Rural communities in Midwest states are seeing a surge of new infections that are a byproduct of the murderous back-to-school policy being implemented by every state.

Drive to play college football continues as evidence mounts that games could be “superspreader” events

By Andy Thompson, 4 September 2020

Dozens of schools are still moving forward with plans to play games in front of tens of thousands of fans, and 77 of the 130 major college football programs will play their seasons in some form this fall.

Oppose Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 4 September 2020

The assault on immigrants across the United States is a threat to the entire working class.

As protests against police violence continue across the US

Trump visits Kenosha to defend killer police and vigilantes

By Barry Grey, 2 September 2020

Trump’s efforts to project an image of authoritarian strength during his visit were belied by the extraordinary security measures taken to wall him off from the population.

020 Portland killing/protests

2 September 2020

US-China conflict over TikTok intensifies as Trump’s forced divestiture deadline approaches

By Kevin Reed, 2 September 2020

The drive to force the Chinese-owned video sharing app to be sold to a US company was countered by Beijing’s imposition of export restrictions on software components of the platform.