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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 May 2016

How to trump Donald

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Donald Trump, the sleazy, racist, reactionary billionaire, has all but secured the Republican Party presidential nomination in the US. His arch rivals Cruz and Kasich conceded defeat following the most recent primary contests.

However, the Republican establishment fears a humiliating party defeat if Trump stands against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front runner. It has, so far, failed to manoeuvre a supposedly more electable candidate.

However, this outcome is far from certain. Clinton, as the establishment candidate, could be beaten by the 'outsider' Trump, such is the public mistrust in her.

Some opinion polls conclude that Clinton's rival - 'democratic socialist' Bernie Sanders, with his message of 'a political revolution against the billionaire class' - would be better placed to defeat Trump and any other Republican candidate. This finding undermines the argument to back Clinton as 'the lesser evil'.

As Socialist Alternative (US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) has continually explained, the rigged primaries and the use of 'super delegates' to ensure Clinton's succession will not mean the mass support for Sanders (as shown in the huge election rallies and in the 'open' primaries) automatically transferring to her Wall Street-backed campaign in the presidential election.

See www.socialistalternative.org and www.socialistworld.net for further analysis and comment

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No to the bosses' EU, yes to international solidarity

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John Mann's Israel hypocrisy

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Film review: Eddie the Eagle

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Scotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge

Wales: no change and all change

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

Third anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton

TUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%

Fourth place for TUSC in Liverpool


Workplace news and analysis

Blacklisted workers win millions in legal victory

Government blinks first in junior doctors' dispute

Trade Union Bill becomes law

Prison officers walk out over health and safety

Potential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions

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Save Paignton Hospital campaign launched

May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!

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International socialist news and analysis

Greek general strike: more needed to defeat austerity

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