No sensible person can react with anything but horror to billionaire thug Donald Trump becoming the near-certain Republican candidate for US president.
He has fought a campaign based on racism, sexism, Islamophobia and militaristic threat.
Trump said he wanted “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
And, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Last week Trump chillingly declared, “We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned, and I mean unquestioned, by anybody and everybody.”
Trump is a threat and a warning of what our rulers are prepared to implement to defend their system.
But he has not emerged from nowhere. He is in many ways a more overt embodiment of the Republican Party’s racism, utter devotion to the super-rich and contempt for any sort of real democracy.
It will not take Trump to make the US government the enemy of working people everywhere.
Republican president George Bush was quite prepared to steal a presidential election in 2000 through voter exclusion and ballot rigging in Florida. He unleashed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which have led to the deaths of over a million people and whose effects are still with the world today.
He defended torture and the horrors of Abu Ghraib prison.
He bailed out the bankers with astronomical sums of money, and demanded workers pay the price.
In the US today, under Barack Obama, a terrifying arsenal of drones and missiles are unleashed to eliminate those decreed to be America’s enemies. The police are murderous and racist. Workers face attack after attack on jobs and living standards.
It is this situation which has enabled Trump to pose as an “outsider” who offers hope to those shut out from the “American dream”. Some working class people have been fooled by this.
Sanders has won 9.3 million votes compared toTrump's 10.6 million.
But overall throughout the nomination process so far nearly as many people have voted for Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a socialist, in the Democratic Party contest as have backed Trump in the Republican one. Sanders has won 9.3 million votes compared to Trump's 10.6 million.
And Sanders has won more backing from young people and poorer people than Trump.
The demonstrations against Trump at his rallies were positive, and must not cease. He will need to be harassed and opposed.
But it would be a great mistake to now rally behind Democrat Hillary Clinton as part of “anyone but Trump”. Clinton is also an expression of a corrupt and bought political system. She will be just as imperialist and warlike as Trump—if not more so.
Trump’s rise underlines the need for those who have backed Sanders—and many others—to mobilise in the streets and the workplaces and to keep pushing for a socialist alternative to the big business parties.
Trump V Sanders
Number of votes won
- Sanders - 9.3 million
- Trump - 10.6 million
Voters from households earning less than $30,000
- Sanders - 18% or 1,674,000
- Trump - 12% or 1,272,000
Voters from households earning less than $50,000
- Sanders - 41% or 3,813,000
- Trump - 32% or 3,392,000