United States Republican convention in Cleveland update

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Michael Shure and Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with reporters Michael Isikoff, and Ryan Grim from Day 1 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss this election cycle. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks sat down with Nomiki Konst, Jordan Chariton and Daniel Lippman from the Twitter Data Visualization Wall on Day 2 of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to discuss the event and the impact of social media on this election cycle.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Did Someone In Trump‘s Campaign Sabotage Melania [Donald Trump’s wife]’s Convention Speech?

19 July 2016

Thom talks about the obvious plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 July 2016

Melania Trump is accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech after speaking at yesterday’s Republican National Convention.

This video from the USA says about itself:

GOP Delegate & Schoolteacher: Melania Trump Gets a “Zero” for Plagiarizing Michelle Obama Speech

19 July 2016

On Monday night, Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump gave the keynote address. But the speech was not without controversy. Many commentators have accused Melania Trump of plagiarizing parts of first lady Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention. We ask two Republican delegates for their reaction.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet Trump VP Pick Mike Pence, Crusader Against Safe Legal Abortion and LGBTQ Rights

19 July 2016

We look at the record of Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on LGBT rights and restricting women’s access to reproductive healthcare with Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

In 2015, Pence signed into law the highly controversial anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gave businesses license to discriminate against LGBT people. The law caused a nationwide backlash. Dozens of companies and professional sports teams and leagues, including the Indianapolis-headquartered NCAA, threatened to boycott Indiana.

Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed the law, likening it to the Jim Crow laws of the American South. Ultimately, Pence was forced to enact a revision specifying the law does not authorize anti-LGBT discrimination. As governor, Pence also oversaw a cut in Planned Parenthood funding in the state and signed legislation, since blocked, that would have restricted abortion access statewide. In 2011, he threatened to shut down the entire government if Congress didn’t defund Planned Parenthood.

RNC 2016: Republican convention staffers struck down with norovirus. At least a dozen California GOP staffers began showing symptoms over the weekend and have been quarantined in their hotel room: here.

Republican party convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Anti-Trump demonstrators in Cleveland

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Cleveland, a city divided

Tom Moran is a driver from Michigan who in his daily life transports children with disabilities. A few months ago he had already planned to go to Cleveland if Donald Trump would be the Republican presidential candidate. “Trump has openly insulted disabled people. America deserves a better president than him.”

He also worries about freedom of speech. “The First Amendment of our Constitution is a great thing. But Trump wants to change the libel laws, so he will be able to sue those who criticize him.”

Moran is one of the first persons who arrived early in the morning with a large banner in Cleveland, where the Republican party convention began on Monday. Slowly the city center starts to fill with protesters.

One of them is Anita Rios. She is particularly upset about Trump’s remarks about Latinos. “If a candidate calls Mexicans rapists and murderers, and subsequently becomes the presidential candidate of the Republicans, then there is something wrong with the party.”

Not that she is a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. She does not trust her and she will not vote for her in November. But suppose someone would hold a gun to her head to force her to make a choice between the two? “Then I would be dead, because then you would find me with a bullet in my head.”

Illegal items in Cleveland, photo Arjen van der Horst/NOS

Five thousand police officers are supposed to make the city, which has turned into a fortress, safe. Demonstrators are kept far away from the party convention. At a few places in the city they are allowed to demonstrate with limited freedom of movement.

Everywhere are signs with long lists of items that protesters are not allowed to bring to demonstrations. Tennis balls are strictly prohibited, as well as ladders and water pistols. What they can bring indeed are real firearms, thanks to the pro-gun laws of the state of Ohio.

In her first major address before the nation on Monday night, Melania Trump [wife of Donald Trump] appears to have plagiarized a number of lines from first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The plagiarized passages … concerned the importance of hard work and honesty: here.

The first day of the convention was devoted to support for militarism and police repression under the slogan “Make America Safe Again.” The law-and-order rhetoric inside Quicken Loans Arena matched the police state atmosphere outside, as demonstrators were penned in by hundreds of police and the city center was walled off with steel fencing and concrete barriers: here.

The theme of the first day was “Make America Safe Again,” with a focus on attacking immigrants, militarism and expanding the powers of the police. Speeches inside the convention in support of a wall with Mexico, increased police-state measures and an assault on democratic rights were mirrored outside by the deployment of thousands of police, miles of barricades and even the National Guard: here.

Code Pink Protesters Infiltrate RNC, Wave ‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner: here.

Day 2 of the Republican National Convention: All Hell Breaks Loose: here.

Residents closest to Trump’s proposed US-Mexico wall say, ‘No thanks’: here.

US Republicans’ coronation of Trump in Cleveland, Ohio

This video about the USA says about itself:

Who Really Is Donald Trump?

18 July 2016

In case you forgot how racist, misogynistic and shady Donald Trump really is, here’s a little reminder as the Republic National Convention officially kicks off today in Cleveland.

9 (More) Offensive Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos: here.

This video about the USA says about itself:

Protesters Rally Ahead of the Republican National Convention

18 July 2016

Dozens of protesters marched through the streets of Cleveland on Sunday, a day before the start of the Republican National Convention.

Anti-Trump protesters banned at US Republican convention?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Johnetta ‘Netta’ Elzie Talks #BlackGirlMagic, Activism and Motivation | ESSENCE

15 January 2016

Go behind the scenes of our special cover shoot with Black Lives Matter activist Johnetta ‘Netta’ Elzie as she opens up about the Black women that inspire her, being an activist and how her mother’s death helped her push forward.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Black Lives Matter activists say FBI told them not to protest GOP Convention

Samuel Sinyangwe and Johnetta Elzie of Campaign Zero both say agents attempted to visit them in the past week

Feliks Garcia, New York

Prominent civil rights activists closely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement say members of the FBI have attempted to contact them in the days leading up to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Samuel Sinyangwe and Johnetta Elzie, co-founders of Campaign Zero, an organisation that aims to end police violence through policy change, both told The Independent that FBI agents made attempts to contact them in recent days.

Mr Sinyangwe, 25, said that he received a phone call on Friday from an unknown number. The caller identified himself as an FBI task force officer.

“He was interested to hear my plans related to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland,” he said. “I told him I don’t have any plans to go to the convention.”

The agent told Mr Sinyangwe, according to his account, that the Bureau had received threats that posed a potential risk and “they are discouraging activists from going to the convention, and he told me not to go.”

Delegates are expected to cast their votes in favour of Donald Trump at the convention, which begins 18 July. Mr Trump‘s campaign has galvanised the enthusiasm of white supremacist groups – such as California Neo-Nazis, who plan on attending the convention. Mr Trump’s outspoken contempt for undocumented immigrants, Muslims, and the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked protests at his rallies across the country.

“I think the FBI should be more concerned with investigating and dissuading the known white supremacists and people with ties to known terrorist organisations from attending the convention, versus trying to intimidate people who are speaking out against injustice,” Mr Sinyangwe said.

In their phone conversation, the agent told Mr Sinyangwe that he attempted to contact him at his San Francisco apartment, where he slid a business card underneath the door – an effort that the activist found disconcerting – and asked for a good time to meet in person.

“He got to my door, which is scary because you have to use a keycard to buzz in through two gates, you have to go up four flights of stairs to get to the door,” he explained. “And somehow [the agent] managed to do that. I’m not sure how.”

The Independent received photo evidence of the business card, but has chosen not to publish it over privacy concerns.

Ms Elzie, too, just missed agents who she said were trying to contact her at her grandparents’ home in St Louis. She was en route from demonstrations in Baton Rouge over the weekend.

“I can’t help but think they were trying to intimidate my grandparents, my family. People who have nothing to do with the protests at all,” Ms Elzie, 26, said. She has been a highly visible figure in the police reform movement since protests erupted in Ferguson, after a police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August 2014.

When the agents showed up at her grandparents’ door, they asked where Ms Elzie was and when they expected her to return to the house.

“You know she’s in Baton Rouge, and you know when she’ll be back,” Ms Elzie said her grandmother told the agents, who identified themselves as FBI.

The agents said they had seen an exchange between Ms Elzie, DeRay McKesson, and Mr Sinyangwe on Twitter – although the accounts were apparently impostors. They said they were simply trying to figure out Ms Elzie’s involvement in protest activity surrounding the political conventions this summer.

Her grandmother “started talking to them about open carry laws and how they don’t apply to black people, [and] the cases in Minnesota and Louisiana,” where black men Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were shot and killed by police officers.

Ms Elzie said that the agents did not have cards to pass along to her, but one wrote down their contact information on a piece of paper.

“I’m not giving that to my baby,” her grandmother said, before throwing the paper in the garbage.

Mr Sinyangwe expressed his concern about why he and Ms Elzie would be the focus of FBI surveillance.

“[Campaign Zero] is an organisation that is focused on policy change,” he said. “I’m not sure why the FBI was threatened by that. But it certainly is consistent with a long line of tactics that the FBI has used against black activists in the past.”

The subject of the FBI’s apparent surveillance of activists involved in Black Lives Matter activities came up during President Barack Obama’s “White House Convening on Building Community Trust”, the Washington Post reported. The White House meeting was attended by activists including DeRay McKesson, who co-founded Campaign Zero with Ms Elzie, Mr Sinyangwe, and Brittany Packnett.

Mr McKesson reportedly asked the President to instruct the FBI to stop visiting activists at their homes.

The Intercept reported last year the extent of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s involvement in monitoring of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement since it gained national momentum after Ferguson.

Documents obtained from the DHS by the news outlet confirmed that federal authorities had been surveilling protest movement on social media. The report also showed that FBI and DHS officials acknowledged that the protests they were monitoring were “peaceful in nature”.

“I’ve made peace with [the idea that] everything I’ve been doing has been watched since 2014,” Ms Elzie said. “Never have they shown up to my or my grandma’s house.”

Mr Sinyangwe echoed these concerns.

“This is certainly another step in terms of actively trying to dissuade protesters and activists from protesting or attending political events,” he said.

You are a ‘terrorist’ because of your clothes in Ohio, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Emirati businessman attacked by American armed police, because of his clothes and language

2 July 2016

An incident at a hotel in Avon, Ohio, in which an Emirati businessman was forcibly detained and attacked by armed police

Dutch NOS TV writes today (translated) about this

police action in the US against a businessman from Abu Dhabi who on the basis of his appearance was suspected of ties to Islamic State [ISIS].

Last week five policemen in Avon (Ohio), alarmed by a hotel employee, aimed their weapons at the Arab businessman who had a telephone conservation outside his hotel. The man was dressed in a long white robe, called a kandura, and wore traditional head covering.

Heart attack

The police shouted to him that he had to lie on the ground. The Arab then had a heart attack and had to be hospitalized. The municipal authorities have apologized.

Cops Conduct SWAT Style Assault on Innocent Man, Put Him in Hospital: here.

American violent nazis want to attack Trump opponents at Republican convention

This video from the USA says about itself:

Aryan Brotherhood Hardest Gang In Texas Inside Prison

29 January 2016

The Aryan Brotherhood, also known as the Brand, or the AB, is a white supremacist prison gang and organized crime syndicate in the United States with about 10,000 members in and out of prison. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the gang makes up less than 0.1% of the prison population, but it is responsible for up to 30% of murders in the federal prison system. The AB has focused on the economic activities typical of organized crime entities, particularly drug trafficking, extortion, inmate prostitution, and murder-for-hire.

Organization at lower levels varies from prison to prison. For example, in the Arizona prison system, members are known as “kindred” and organize into “families”. A “council” controls the families. Kindred may recruit other members, known as “progeny”, and serve as a mentor for the new recruits. …

Like most prison gangs, Aryan Brotherhood members mark themselves with distinctive tattoos. Designs commonly include the words “Aryan Brotherhood”, “AB”,” 666, Nazi symbolism such as SS, sig runes, and swastikas, as well as shamrocks and Celtic iconography.

From teleSUR:

Sacramento Neo-Nazis Pledge to ‘Defend’ Trump Supporters at the Republican National Convention

Neo-Nazis involved in Sacramento’s violent melee have vowed to defend Trump supporters at the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Neo-nazi skinhead groups have promised to defend Donald Trump supporters at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month, Traditionalist Worker Party spokesman Matt Parrott told McClatchyDC on Monday.

The ‘Traditionalist Worker Party’ paramilitary gang is linked to the Daily Stormer Internet hate site. That site is named after Der Sturmer, the German twentieth century anti-Semitic nazi weekly. Its editor Julius Steicher got the death penalty at the Nuremberg trials for his role in the Holocaust.

In a FAQ blog post on the Daily Stormer, the reply to the question what should happen to the Jews is that they should all be gassed.

The reply to the question what should happen to homosexuals is they should be gassed as well.

“We’re essentially just going to show up and make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs,” Parrot told McClatchy in an exclusive interview.

Traditionalist Worker Party leader Matthew Heimbach had previously gained notoriety for assulting a young black female protester while wearing a “Make America great again” baseball cap at a Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this year.

Parrott’s comments take place after his organization, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist extremist group, staged a rally in Sacramento, California on Sunday, leaving 10 people injured.

The incident has fueled concerns about the potential for violent protests outside the major party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer and in the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election.

“I think everybody is concerned about the potential for violence at the convention,” said Ryan Lenz, senior writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center told McClatchy.

The melee comes about four months after four people were stabbed during a scuffle between members of the Ku Klux Klan and counter-protesters near a KKK rally in Anaheim, California.

In recent months Trump has blamed “professional agitators” and “thugs” for violence that has broken out at many of the Republican candidate’s rallies.

According to a report released by the SPLC in March, the number of hate groups operating in 2015 was 14 percent higher than in 2014.

In its “Intelligence Report,” the Southern Poverty Law Center hinted at a possible correlation between the recent rise in extremism and the campaign rhetoric of presidential candidates like Donald Trump.

The report falls short of holding Trump directly responsible for the recent surge in hate groups, but says that his “demonizing statements about Latinos and Muslims have electrified the radical right.”

Amid nationwide protests against police violence. Officials prepare for mass repression at Republican National Convention in Cleveland: here.

Anti-Trump demonstrations, Cleveland, USA, 13-21 July

Anti-Trump banner, Cleveland, USA

From the International Action Center in the USA:

Shut Down Trump & RNC Protest Calendar – Endorse/Volunteer

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The Shut Down Trump and the RNC Rally and March is scheduled for Sunday, July 17 at 4pm – on the eve of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The march will commence at the close of the People’s Convention for Peace and Justice and make a stop at the Quicken Loans arena, the site of the Republican National Convention. The sharp political slogans will provide a strong response to Trump’s program of racism, Islamophobia, attacks on immigrants and on LGBTQ people and his efforts to sow division among poor and working people.

The Shut Down Trump march is linking the role of the Cleveland Police Department’s racist murders that have been a focus of the Black Lives Matter Movement, the planned restrictions of civil rights of protesters during the Convention and the reactionary national climate. Thousands of resisters to the Trump message are expected in Cleveland during the days leading up to and during the national Convention. Cars buses and vans are expected from the Midwest, East Coast and even further away.

There is widespread outrage, locally and around the country, over the invasion of Cleveland by Trump’s army of haters. For these forces to hold their convention in Cleveland, a symbol of racist police violence, is an affront to the families of Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, victims of police killings – and to the whole Black Lives Matter movement. On top of that, a consent decree with the Department of Justice, which found in the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) a pattern of excessive use of force, has been lifted for the purpose of maintaining “order” during the four days of the RNC.

The coalition of forces sponsoring the Sunday march is urging support and unity for all the resistance actions protesting Trump and the RNC before and during the RNC. This is the way to combat the dangerous Trump candidacy as well as the increasing racism and repression of the capitalist state machine.

Calendar of People’s Resistance

*This is an opening list of scheduled events. More events will be included as resistance plans develop*

July 13-19 Real Neighborhoods of Cleveland Tours

Contact: Realneighborhoodsofclevelandtours on FB

July 14-17 National Convention of the Oppressed

1881 E. 71st, Cleveland, OH

July 15- 17 People’s Justice and Peace Convention

July 15, 7:00pm: Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave., Cleveland, OH

July 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm: Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

July 17, 9:00am – 3:00pm Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH

contact: peoplesconvention2016@gmail.com

July 16 National March and Rally against Racism, Injustice and White Supremacy

10am: Gather at 71 st and Chester, Cleveland, Ohio

12:00pm: Rally E. 4th St. and Prospect, Quicken Loans Arena (site of the RNC)

July 17 Keep the Promise Cleveland March and Rally

11:30 AM – 5 PM E. 22 St. and Prospect Ave.

contact: Jacqueline Burbank jacqueline.burbank@aidshealth.org


4:00 PM: Rally and March, E. 36 St. and Euclid Ave.

contact: notrump@gmail.com

(216) 452-847-8473

July 18 Coalition to Dump Trump and March on the RNC

12:00 noon: Rally and March / Cleveland Public Square,

contact – FB: March on the RNC: Dump Trump; Say No to the Republican Agenda

July 18 End Poverty Now! March for Economic Justice

2:00pm: Rally and March / E. 46 St. and Superior Ave.

contact: http://endpovertynow2016.org/index.html

FB: End Poverty NOW 2016


Hear revolutionary socialist presidential candidate Monica Moorehead and vice-presidential candidate Lamont Lilly

6:00pm – light refreshments / 7:00pm – Program begins

Black on Black Inc. Cleveland Center, 15415 Kipling Ave., Cleveland, OH

July 19 CODEPINK Film Screening of “The Brainwashing of My Dad”

7:00 – 10:00pm West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH

contact: http://www.codepink.org/president4peace

July 21 Stand Together Against Trump

4:00pm – 11:00pm Downtown Cleveland (location to be announced)

Other important pieces of information:

The National Lawyers Guild is organizing legal observers training and will be a strong presence at all scheduled events.
Rustbelt Medics will be on hand will emergency street medic assistance, please support their efforts.
For peoples Resistance events during the DNC in Philadelphia check out: Shut Down DNC

Kent State killing of US peace demonstrators, 1970

This video says about itself:

United States: Kent State Shooting

4 May 2016

In 1970 [on 4 May], the Ohio National Guard killed 4 students at Kent State University during protests against the Vietnam War.

Bloody Thursday: Today marks 47yrs since Battle For People’s Park in Berkeley, California: here.

Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald killed, whitewashers lose elections

This video from the USA says about itself:

Black Lives Matter Voters Oust Tamir Rice Prosecutor

16 March 2016

Mostly lost in the Democratic and Republican primary contests last night, there were other races that deserve attention. Two of the prosecutors involved in some of the most high-profile cases of police brutality in recent years have lost their primary re-election battles. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“On Tuesday night, two major Midwestern prosecutors lost their jobs after provoking nationwide rage with their handling of cases in which police officers killed unarmed young black people. In Illinois, the loser was Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, who waited 13 months to bring charges against the Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014. In Ohio, it was Cuyahoga County district attorney Tim McGinty, who oversaw grand jury proceedings that led to no charges being filed against the officers responsible for the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Together the two results represent a major victory for the Black Lives Matter movement, whose organizers have now decisively demonstrated their ability to mobilize voters and change the direction of local politics. And while these two races were, technically, only Democratic primaries, the two candidates who won them are expected to take office with minimal or nonexistent opposition after the fall’s general election.”

Read more here.

Last Tuesday, the state’s attorneys in Cleveland and Chicago lost primary races to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination. The two prosecutors, Timothy McGinty of Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Anita Alvarez of Cook County, Illinois, had protected police from criminal charges in high profile killings. Both defeats were the result of widespread anger over police brutality: here.

Chicago police officer sentenced to less than seven years for murder of Laquan McDonald; three officers acquitted in cover-up: here.

16 Shots: Documenting the Chicago Democratic Party’s cover-up of the police murder of Laquan McDonald: here.

Ohio, USA primary voters interviewed

This music video from the USA says about itself:

Bruce Springsteen: YOUNGSTOWN (live in Youngstown!)

Live at the Stambaugh Theatre in Youngstown, OH on January 12, 1996.

The lyrics of the song are here.

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan in the USA:

Ohio voters discuss elections and social crisis

16 March 2016

Over the last several weeks, candidates for the presidential nomination from both parties placed a significant focus on the Midwestern US state of Ohio, considered a “battleground state.” …

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a former Lehman Brothers executive who ran as a “moderate conservative” defeated Trump by 45.4 to 36.7 percent in Tuesday’s [Republican] primary election. During his tenure as governor, which began in 2011, Kasich implemented sweeping corporate tax cuts and expanded the privatization of public schools. …

A World Socialist Web Site reporting team traveled to Youngstown, a former steel center ravaged by decades of mill closures and mass layoffs, to discuss the elections. Comments by workers supporting various candidates in the Republican and Democratic primary elections Tuesday reflected the widespread social discontent that exists throughout the country.

“This last week, all these politicians have come to Youngstown. Why? These guys will never come here again!”, said Corvett, a county worker who has lived in Youngstown all his life, giving expression to widespread anger at the entire political system.

WSWS reporters met Corvett outside of the Election Board, which is housed in what was formerly a hospital. “This was a hospital, and now it’s shut down. The hospital’s partner across town got bought out by Valley Health Care. Their corporate office is in Tennessee, a right-to-work state. A hospital this size has just 60 active beds. 60! [Youngstown has a population of more than 60,000] Why? Because they buy it out, shut it down, and farm it out. That’s Youngstown.” …

Corvett remembers “Black Monday,” the day in 1977 when Youngstown Sheet and Tube (YST) slashed 5,000 jobs. “My dad made it until 1982 before they forced him out of the mill at YST, because he had some seniority. These guys had given 15, 20 years of service. They said: ‘Well, here’s a nice gold watch, and by the way, we’re cutting your benefits. Your wife and kids won’t get any healthcare.’ That’s what I remember.”

Youngstown voter Idalia

A number of workers and young people said they were backing Bernie Sanders because they were motivated by the hope that he would address economic and social issues. Idalia, a 22 year-old massage therapist, said that education was the most important issue to her. “I voted for Bernie because I heard he’s for free education. My sister is a high school senior, so that’s where my thoughts are. I think everybody deserves an education. That’s really all that appeals to me about Bernie.”

Idalia added that she was very opposed to Trump’s anti-immigrant opinions. “It’s a lot of BS. The whole country is a big melting pot. And everyone wants to find work, make a living, and support their family. I just want someone in the White House that is making sure we’re doing better as a country, and not blaming one group or another.”

Idalia was sporting a United States Marine Corps sweatshirt, but she said she opposed the wars, which have been going on virtually continuously for her entire life. “I am from a military family,” she said. “My uncle passed in the war, in 2007. I feel that the military goes to war in order to take over other countries. Some people are making money off of these wars, but not most people.”

Giavanna, a biology student at Youngstown State University, who was about to vote for Sanders, said, “I’m originally from Las Vegas and transferred here for school. My parents work as dice dealers in Vegas; they grew up here and they got degrees here. But they had to move to Vegas for work, and they made more money dealing dice without using the degrees they paid for. It’s tough for young people.”

The WSWS spoke to several voters backing Trump. Their often contradictory comments reflected the impact of years of endless wars and political reaction, and how the far-right candidate has exploited the anger of a section of economically distressed workers and middle class people.

Jimmy is a disabled veteran who served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I voted for Trump because I don’t like politicians. Politicians have been selling us out for years. Trump is different, because nobody owns him. And if everybody hates you, then you’re doing something right.

“I like Trump’s position on trade,” Jimmy added. “I like securing the border, because illegal is illegal. What happens if I do something illegal? I go to jail. So why do immigrants get more rights than I do?” He also said he thought that “welfare people” were a problem. “Why should I take care of their babies? I have enough trouble taking care of my own.”

At the same time Jimmy opposed the vast social inequality in the US, saying, “Wall Street will sell their mother for money. My base closed down, and they said there was no more money. But then the economy went bust, and all of a sudden they found money to help the Wall Street people.” On the other hand, he said, “Nobody poor ever gave me a job. If you tax the rich, there won’t be any rich people to give people jobs. It’s a catch-22, you’ve got to have rich people somewhere.”

Daniel, a 23-year-old lawn-care worker, also voted for Trump. He said he that Trump’s proposals to control trade were a good idea. “A lot of Youngstown’s steel jobs went overseas in the 70s. I think companies that make things in China or other places should have to pay more taxes to ship things back here, so an American-made product would be at an advantage.”

Daniel was conflicted about the wars in the Middle East. “I feel that the way we’re handling ISIS is wrong. We need to take them out, rather than bombing cities and killing innocent people.” However, he also said he doesn’t believe that the US military is interested in “spreading democracy.” “I think the war is a money game. It’s a war for oil,” he said.

Reporters spoke to people at a coffee shop in downtown Youngstown. Like city centers in most Rust Belt cities, the main streets were largely empty with large numbers of abandoned and boarded up shops.

A Clinton supporter expressed the complacency of a section of the upper middle class backing the Democratic Party candidate, and a hostility to workers. “I have eight brothers and sisters and they are all for Sanders. But he did an interview with the Rolling Stone, and he talked about wealth distribution and that was the thing that just rubbed me the wrong way. What is that going to say to people who don’t want to work hard? That’s what turned me off about him.” …

Javier, a worker who has lived in Puerto Rico and New York City, spoke against efforts to blame immigrants for driving down wages … “Immigrants are taking low-paying jobs most American workers don’t want. There are so many millionaires and billionaires out there, and they don’t know what to do with all their money. They could go into communities here in Ohio or cities like Detroit and start programs for the youth, but they don’t. They have all this money and they are never satisfied.

“Everybody needs a scapegoat. If you are about to get caught you are going to blame the next man. It would be different if Trump was in our shoes, but he had a father who gave him so much money. Nothing was given to us and we had to claw our way up. If Trump were an immigrant, how he would feel if someone was saying what he is saying.”

A retired steelworker described his experiences, which mirror those of an entire generation in Youngstown. “I hired into the mills in 1964 and worked at Sharon Steel, Briar Hill, Republic and as an outside contractor. All of them have been shut down. I was screwed out of my pension. I was two-and-a-half years short of a full pension. You could buy two years but not the other half-year. Everyplace was unionized and workers felt strong. The new generation is being screwed.

“They say the Chinese are taking away the jobs,” he added. “Who sent the jobs over there? The corporations wanted lower wages. But workers in China have families to feed to, just like us. Everyone has to have the right to work.”

A worker from Norfolk Southern railroad, who said he was voting for Clinton, added, “Workers in China and Vietnam have to organize too just like we did years ago. It’s corporate greed. They do whatever it takes to make profits. Screw the trickle down business. Nothing has trickled down. Norfolk Southern is cutting jobs because of the collapse of the coal and oil industries. Anyone with less than two years has been furloughed. The company is concerned that another railroad will take it over and they are carrying out cost-cutting to keep their shareholders pleased. Warren Buffett, the billionaire, owns Burlington Northern. How can anybody have so much money that they can’t spend it? This is capitalism in the extreme. It has to be balanced.”

Aletha Temple, a childcare provider, said she was voting for Clinton and her son was voting for Sanders. “There is no support for day care workers, for teachers or for our public school system, which is horrible. Our inner-city kids need activity programs but they canceled them.

Trump is a reality show celebrity. We don’t need racism and violence. That is dangerous, and it could cause a war in our own country. We have to stop police killings. It is not just happening to black people but anybody who is poor. We all bleed red. We all need to eat and want to have enough to be happy and feed our families and put decent clothes on our kids. If all the workers of the world could come together it would be great.”

Donald Trump Got More Votes In Ohio Than Hillary Clinton. Democrats still have a turnout problem: here.