Trump and the danger of fascism in America

The Trump coup and the rise of fascism: Where is America going?

By David North, 19 January 2021

This essay is based on the transcript of the remarks made by David North, the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US), in opening an online discussion held January 17 on the significance of the fascist assault on the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 .

International online meeting

Where is America going? Trump’s coup and the rise of fascism

18 January 2021

At this event, leading members of the SEP in the US, Germany and UK spoke on the national and global significance of the rise of fascism in America, its social and political origins, and the necessary strategy for the working class to fight back.

Democrats intensify calls for “unity” in aftermath of fascistic insurrection in Washington D.C.

By Jacob Crosse, 18 January 2021

The Democrats’ calls for “unity” come as more revelations confirm the high-level coordination between Capitol Police, the FBI, and the military in facilitating the storming of the Capitol on January 6.

As proof of high-level conspiracy mounts

Justice Department proposes internal investigation to cover up state involvement in January 6 coup attempt

By Eric London, 16 January 2021

Although the January 6 attempt failed at seizing power, the entire political establishment is now lurching further to the right.

What would have happened if Trump’s fascist mob had seized hostages?

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 16 January 2021

The attempts by various left journalists to deny that the events of January 6 were an attempted coup undermines resistance to the danger of fascism.

Fascist Wisconsin shooter Rittenhouse posed with Proud Boys and waved “white power” sign

By Kevin Reed, 15 January 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, the right-wing vigilante who shot three anti-police violence protesters in Kenosha on August 25—two of them to death—was photographed celebrating at a bar with members of the fascist Proud Boys shortly after his January 5 arraignment and not guilty plea.

The pandemic and Trump’s coup attempt

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2021

To implement its homicidal policy of herd immunity, the ruling class is resorting to ever more violent and dictatorial forms of rule.

Fascist coup in Washington accelerates Spanish army’s coup plotting

By Alejandro López, 15 January 2021

Spain’s conservative Popular Party, the main parliamentary opposition to the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, is debating whether to endorse the campaign waged by army officers and the fascist Vox party for a coup d’état.

FBI reveals “dozens” of neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Terror Watch List traveled to D.C. for January 6 coup

By Jacob Crosse, 15 January 2021

In addition to active Republican politicians and off-duty military and police, many militiamen and fascists claiming membership in the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and III Percenters marched on the Capitol

Trump administration fuels tensions with China over Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 14 January 2021

Last weekend, US Secretary of State Pompeo announced a sweeping shift in diplomatic protocols in dealing with Taiwan, giving the green light for lifting all restrictions on contact between Washington and Taipei.

Democrats plead for bipartisanship as the Republicans call for blood

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2021

All the talk of “unity” and “bipartisanship,” the Democrats’ eternal mantra, means in reality that there will be no settling of accounts with those who incited the January 6 insurrection.

Growing threats of fascist violence as Democrats appeal for “unity” and “healing”

By Eric London, 13 January 2021

The Democratic Party’s appeals for compromise with Republican conspirators amid the ongoing coup threat makes clear the need for an independent working class intervention to stop the growth of fascism in America.

Australian government again refuses to condemn Trump coup

By Mike Head, 13 January 2021

The acting prime minister doubled down on the government’s stance even as evidence is emerging daily of the high-level involvement in the January 6 putsch.

Spain’s Morenoite CRT denies Trump’s fascist coup in Washington

By Alejandro López, 13 January 2021

The Workers Revolutionary Current’s complacent response to the coup attempt in America is directly linked to their silence on generals’ calls for a fascist coup in Spain.

New details about January 6 riot reveal need for full-scale investigation

By Eric London, 11 January 2021

Trump’s January 6 fascistic insurrection had high level support from within the Republican Party and critical sections of the police and military-intelligence apparatus.

Biden defends Republican Party coup conspirators

By Joseph Kishore, 9 January 2021

Less than 48 hours after hundreds of people, incited by President Trump and backed by top officials in the Republican Party, stormed the US Capitol, Biden called for “unity” with his “Republican colleagues.”

For a full, public investigation of Trump’s January 6 coup!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 8 January 2021

The Democratic Party is joining with the Republicans and the Trump administration to cover up for those politically responsible for fascist violence at the US Capitol.

The fascist coup of January 6

By David North, 7 January 2021

The fascist insurrection in Washington DC is a turning point in the political history of the United States.

Remove coup plotter Trump immediately!

By Patrick Martin and David North, 6 January 2021

Thousands of Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol and halted the congressional certification of Trump’s defeat in the presidential election.

Trump intensifies coup plot as Congress meets to certify election results

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2021

The events of this week have made clear that US President Donald Trump is actively engaged in a conspiracy to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, overthrow the Constitution, and establish a dictatorship in the United States.

In Georgia speech, Trump pledges to overturn election result

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2021

US President Donald Trump doubled down on his efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in a speech in Georgia Tuesday, pledging, “They are not taking this White House, we are going to fight like hell.”

The political lessons of the pandemic and the fight for socialism in 2021

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 January 2021

The pandemic is a “trigger event” that manifests in a highly concentrated form the contradictions of the global capitalist system and is unleashing long-suppressed forces of social transformation.

Tape reveals Trump gangster methods in pursuing election coup

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2021

The US president demanded Georgia state officials “find” the votes required to overturn the result of the November 3 election, threatening retaliation if they refused.

Trump pardons Blackwater killers for Nisour Square massacre

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2020

The four mercenaries, all former Marines, killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in 2007 in an unprovoked slaughter in Baghdad.

Trump held White House meeting on martial law plan to overturn election

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2020

The president and his aides discussed the possibility of declaring martial law and rerunning the presidential election in key states during a meeting Friday in the Oval Office.

After Electoral College confirms Democratic Party victory

Biden staggers toward the White House

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2020

In his remarks Monday night, Biden sought to cover over the collapse of American democracy with appeals for “unity.”

As Trump denies electoral defeat, Democrats preach bipartisanship

By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2020

The New York Times, which serves as the main mouthpiece for the Democratic leadership, elaborated the case for bipartisanship in a lengthy editorial Sunday, under the headline, “Build on Common Ground.”

Eighteen state governments urge Supreme Court to overturn Biden victory

By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2020

While Texas and 17 other states are challenging the results of the election, four battleground states and 20 others are defending the legitimacy of the vote won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump incites fascist violence in Georgia

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2020

In his first rally speech since his defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, Trump called for overturning the election result, demanded “revenge” against his political opponents and spoke about sending “the military in” to “radical left” cities.

Facebook speech falsely claims massive vote fraud

Donald Trump’s Mein Kampf

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2020

Trump is deliberately inciting fascist forces through his baseless claims of a “stolen election.”

As court defeats multiply

Trump continues drive to nullify election

By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2020

The political conspiracy has suffered a string of legal setbacks in its efforts to overturn the 2020 election, but continues to demand the suppression of millions of votes.

Trump campaign presses demands to suppress millions of votes

By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2020

The main targets of the phony “vote fraud” complaints are Pennsylvania and Michigan, both won by Democratic candidate Joe Biden by sizable margins.

Stop Trump’s conspiracy to nullify the 2020 elections!

By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020

The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.

While Trump continues to deny election defeat

Biden, Democrats prepare right-wing administration

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2020

In the wake of the election, the Democratic leadership is aiming its fire not against Trump and his fascistic allies but against the “left” in their own party.

Trump’s refusal to concede sets the stage for post-election crisis

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 November 2020

While it appears that the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden is on the verge of winning enough states to be elected president, Trump’s refusal to accept the results will intensify the political crisis.

The pandemic and the political record of the SEP in the 2020 election

By David North, 2 November 2020

In his speech opening Sunday’s final public meeting of the 2020 election, Socialist Equality Party Chairman David North stated, “A great historical crisis—and the pandemic is of that magnitude—reveals and puts to the test the perspectives and programs of all parties.” The course of events has vindicated the perspective and program of the Socialist Equality Party.

Introductory remarks to “What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Election?”

By David North, 30 October 2020

These remarks were delivered October 28 to an online forum sponsored by the San Diego State University Department of Political Science.

As election approaches, Trump conspires to repudiate popular vote

Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 28 October 2020

As Trump conspires to remain in power and overturn the results of an electoral defeat, the Democrats are doing everything they can to disarm and block popular opposition in the working class.

Trump escalates coup plotting with swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2020

The installation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, without significant resistance by the Democrats, is a key step in Trump’s plans to hijack the presidential election.

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.

The pianist Igor Levit and the defense of culture against fascism

By David North and Clara Weiss, 22 October 2020

Levit has emerged as a powerful voice against the resurgence of neo-Nazism in Germany, which finds its most putrid expression in the growing political power of the Alternative für Deutschland.

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.

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.

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 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’s illness and the Democrats’ call for unity

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 October 2020

The response of the Democratic Party to Trump’s illness is determined, as always, by the class interests that it represents and its fear of working-class opposition from below.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trump’s coup d’état election

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 24 September 2020

Trump has publicly declared that he will not transfer power peacefully if he loses the November 3 election.

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.

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.

The Civil War Election

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.

Trump endorses right-wing violence in Kenosha, Portland

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2020

While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns “looting and rioting” and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.

Trump incites vigilante violence against peaceful protests in Wisconsin

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 31 August 2020

The murders in Kenosha are the first major attempt to use right-wing vigilante groups to carry out violent attacks on domestic opposition within the United States.

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, aides embrace fascist Republican candidates

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2020

At a press briefing last week, the US president delivered an extraordinary thumbs-up to the QAnon online grouping, which justifies violence against his political opponents.

The Republican convention: Four nights of fascist filth begin

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2020

The convention opened Monday with the renomination of President Trump and a series of diatribes against socialism.

US Attorney General Barr gives fascistic tirade against Antifa, Black Lives Matter

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020

Barr made a political amalgam connecting the Democratic Party, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and terrorism.

Trump installs ex-general and anti-Islam bigot in top Pentagon post

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2020

The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism

The Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 August 2020

The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.

Trump orders hundreds of federal agents into Chicago

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2020

The White House is escalating the drive toward an authoritarian regime in America.

Trump’s plan to send paramilitary police throughout the US: The ruling class prepares for civil war

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2020

The Trump administration’s plans to deploy federal paramilitary forces in major American cities is a sharp escalation of the assault on democratic rights and the establishment of police state forms of rule.

Trump’s police-state attack in Portland, Oregon

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2020

The crackdown on demonstrators by Trump’s fascistic border agents is the latest move in his administration’s years-long assault on democratic rights in the United States.

Trump rails against Marxism and “international socialism”

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2020

With his campaign trailing in the polls, the US president is resorting more and more to openly fascistic appeals.

The two American Revolutions in world history

By David North, 4 July 2020

Today marks the 244th anniversary of the public proclamation of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776, which established the United States of America. It is not only the direct political impact of the document, but, rather, the principles it proclaimed that determined its world historical stature.

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

In the one month since the killing of George Floyd, the mass, multi-racial and international demonstrations against police violence are in danger of being hijacked by a faction of the ruling class that is aggressively promoting a brand of racial-communal politics.

Trump in Tulsa: Fascist ranting and political debacle

By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2020

The BOK Arena was less than half-filled, according to official estimates, a signal of the deepening crisis of the Trump administration and his reelection campaign.

Bolton account of Trump White House: Another volley in the conflict within the US ruling elite

By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2020

Press reviews indicate that Bolton’s book attacks Trump entirely from the right, expressing particular bitterness that the administration did not go to war against Iran.

140 Trump admin sanctions ICC officials

15 June 2020

Fascistic candidates gain in Republican Party

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2020

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign produced an ad last week in which she brandished an assault rifle and warned “antifa” demonstrators to “stay the hell out of northwest Georgia.”

Would-be führer Trump steps up coup plotting

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2020

The president is seeking to manufacture a pretext for violent repression and the establishment of an authoritarian regime in America.

Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2020

The White House’s planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend “agitators” is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.

Trump incites violent police rampage against protesters

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.

With his poll numbers falling, Trump denounces November election as “rigged”

By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2020

The president and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are laying the basis for declaring an election defeat in November to be illegitimate.

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.

Spectre of the 1930s

Sound the alarm! Political conspiracy and the resurgence of fascism in Germany

By David North and Johannes Stern, 14 February 2020

Last week’s decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.

Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats’ impeachment debacle

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 6 February 2020

From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.

As neo-Nazis head to Richmond, Trump boosts gun-rights rally

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2020

The president’s tweet is a declaration of solidarity with ultra-right forces on the eve of his impeachment trial.

The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2020

The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump’s increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.

Trump bides his time, but the preparations for war against Iran will continue

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 9 January 2020

The media falsely claims that Trump’s failure to order immediate strikes against Iran signals an opening for peace.

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

The 2010s were years of intensifying capitalist crisis, which set into motion a global resurgence of class conflict. The 2020s will witness the immense growth of the international movement of the working class for socialism.

In midst of impeachment, Pelosi honors Trump with State of the Union invitation

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 23 December 2019

The move makes clear that, despite the bitter foreign policy differences at the heart of the impeachment drive, the two parties of American capitalism are united on fundamental issues.

The impeachment crisis

A plague on both political parties

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 19 December 2019

Despite the ferocity of conflict over impeachment, the Democrats and Republicans represent the twin imperatives of American imperialism: the drive toward war and fascistic authoritarianism.

Trump’s war crime pardons: Cultivating a fascistic base in the military

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2019

The unprecedented intervention in defense of Navy Seal Edward Gallagher is aimed not just at facilitating war crimes abroad, but at preparing forces to be used against the working class at home.

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party, 14 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site first published this statement on October 14, 2019. It warned that “Trump is utilizing the power of the presidency to create an unconstitutional and illegal dictatorship.” In light of the recent nationwide military/police crackdown, the WSWS is republishing this crucial document.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2019

Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

Fascist violence and the politics of race and racism

By Joseph Kishore, 6 August 2019

Evading the political causes of the reemergence of fascist violence, the New York Times promotes a racialist narrative of American society, centered on “whiteness,” that legitimizes the reactionary claims of the extreme right.

Trump: The political enabler of fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2019

The president is the moral and political author of the bloody violence in El Paso, Gilroy and Dayton.

The fascist attack in Gilroy and the US epidemic of mass shootings

By Patrick Martin, 31 July 2019

Two processes are intersecting in the explosion of violence in America: the long-term impact of social decay and militarism, and the deliberate incitement of fascistic sentiments by President Trump.

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

Lessons of Nashville: The working class and the defense of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2019

On Monday, working class residents of Nashville, white and black, mobilized to defend a Hispanic immigrant family from ICE agents.

Trump’s Fourth of July: The militarist bombast of a crisis-ridden system

By Joseph Kishore, 6 July 2019

Intended as a demonstration of the eternal power and greatness of American capitalism, what was instead exposed in the grotesque spectacle is a beleaguered and isolated ruling class.