Trump, Trumpism and responses

Submitted by AWL on 18 October, 2020 - 6:54
The storming of the Capitol, 6 January 2021

Coverage since the 4 November 2020 election:

US: four areas of disagreement , by Ben Tausz
Two proposals relating to the US Democrats, by Martin Thomas
The US left and Trump: replying to debate, by Martin Thomas
US politics and Trump: a discussion document, by Daniel Randall, Ben Tausz, Paul Hampton, and Stephen Wood
• Crisis? What crisis?, by Barrie Hardy
• Democrats will only tinker, by Stephen Wood
• The USA in light of the impeachment hearing, by Thomas Carolan
USA: not the greatest crisis, by Mark Osborn
Prosecuting Trump matters, by Barrie Hardy
Trump, Caligula, and Nero, by Thomas Carolan
Beware new security powers!, by Sacha Ismail
USA: building the movement, by Traven Leyshon
Barriers to Trumpism, by Martin Thomas
Trump: lock him up?, by Stephen Wood
USA: unfinished business, by Barrie Hardy
Trumpism will endure, by Sam Farber
Storming the Capitol: strange comparisons, by Jim Denham
Today farce, tomorrow tragedy?, from Spectre
Will Trump pay for his crimes?, by Barrie Hardy
The USA needs to be made a proper democracy, by Thomas Carolan
6 January 2021 and 6 February 1934, by Martin Thomas
The organised far right on 6 January 2021, by Luca Brusco
Trump leaves chaos in his wake, by Barrie Hardy
US rail workers' struggles in the wake of the election (John Feretti and Traven Leyshon)
US trade unionists pass historic general strike vote, by Daniel Randall
• Trump trashes house on the way out, by Barrie Hardy
Fighting Trumpism: the next four years, by Martin Thomas
• Video: After the US, which way forward for the left? (Robert Cuffy, Ruth Cashman, Thomas Harrison)
Socialist politics can push back Trumpism
• Trump's defeat: excerpts from the US left (Maria Svart, David Finkel, Dan La Botz, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker)


Workers' Liberty advocated a vote for the US Green Party's presidential candidate, socialist activist Howie Hawkins; but not all our members and supporters agreed. We carried a series of articles with different positions and perspectives, which are collected together below (most recent first).

Backing Biden will not stop Trumpism, by Charlie Post and Ashley Smith
Back Hawkins, not Biden (AWL National Committee)
• A policy based in realities, by Martin Thomas
Fascism and Trump: theory and history, by Martin Thomas
Debate: Marxists and Democrats, by Martin Thomas
24 October AWL committee debate on the election
• Why American unions back Biden, by Eric Lee
Use election to build socialist politics, by Daniel Randall
Lesser-evilism in the 2020 US Elections, by Barry Finger
Trump and epoch, by Luke Hardy
Democrats: no space for radicals, by Mark Obsorn
Democrats: the danger of co-option, by Daniel Randall
"A stronger vote against Trump": interview with Howie Hawkins
This election is different in two ways, by Martin Thomas
Hawkins and Walker: socialist candidates (statement by AWL)
Why socialists should not support Hawkins, by Eric Lee
Trump: not fascist, maybe pre-fascist, by Matt Cooper
The threat from Trump, by Thomas Carolan
A socialist vote for Biden, by Thomas Carolan
Not just hope, action, by Jim Denham
What Hawkins can build, by Simon Nelson
The case for backing Hawkins, by Daniel Randall
Donald Trump is a fascist, by Thomas Carolan
A socialist voice in difficult times, by Keith Road

• Earlier debate on our attitude to Bernie Sanders, from Kieran Miles and Justine Canady, here and here.

See also:

Range of articles published by US socialist group Solidarity
Don't support Biden, even against Trump, published by US socialist magazine New Politics
Why I'm voting for Biden and urge you to do so, published the New Politics
The lesser evil trap, published by US socialist magazine Tempest
Debate with US socialists, published by Australian socialist publication Red Flag

Plus on the threat of a Trump coup:

US workers plan for Trump coup, updates on 2 November
"If Trump attempts a coup, all bets are off": our interview with Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen
Unions are beginning to talk about staving off a possible coup, published by US trade union network Labor Notes
10 things you need to know to stop a coup, republished by Solidarity US
• Social self-defence against the impending Trump coup and How workers can help defeat a Trump coup, published by Labor Network for Sustainability
Unions are starting discussions of how to resist a Trump coup, published by Jacobin

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