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Statement by Stephanie Cholensky and Pat Noble,
SPUSA National Co-Chairs


There are moments in which all of you can do is turn your head in shame. This is one of those moments.

After an election cycle in which the Democrats abandoned all pretense of being progressive and the Republicans entered unchartered waters with a right-wing, populist nominee, we have made it past election day.

This election began with the understanding that, regardless of which nominee from the two capitalist parties was elected, the working class would lose out. On the Republican side, a crowded field of seventeen candidates gave rise to Donald Trump; a nominee whose hate-filled rhetoric and racist proposals have allowed the far-right to enter the political mainstream. On the Democrat side, the coronation of Hillary Clinton to continue Barack Obama and George W. Bush's fifteen year War on Terror was briefly interrupted by Bernie Sanders, but has since continued on with Sanders as one of her most vocal advocates.

Now we look to the next four years, in which Donald Trump will be the President of the United States. We look to conflicts throughout the world in which hundreds of thousands of people are dead as a result of United States foreign policy. We look to a refugee crisis of almost five million people and a country more interested in denouncements or ignorance than acceptance. We look to an increasingly militarized police force that has not been held accountable for their violence against black communities. We look to the people around us that are drowning in debt and receiving a fraction of what could be considered a living wage. We look to a climate crisis spiraling out of control and any chance of saving the planet slipping away.

We look to the new president with no hope or expectation that any of these crises will be addressed in a meaningful way.

The election of Donald Trump signals the beginning of a new and dangerous chapter in United States history. It seems surreal that sixty million people could give support to a candidate who spoke openly about sexually assaulting women, proposed unprecedented discrimination against Muslims, and advocated for deporting millions of Latinx people. Through the election of Donald Trump, the alt-right has shed the “alt” and been empowered to operate openly. The election of Mike Pence to the vice presidency, despite his disgusting positions on open discrimination against the LGBT community, is also deeply disturbing. This all underscores how toxic, hateful, and fearful large parts of American culture continue to be.

This is not to say that Hillary Clinton was a suitable option. We recognize that electing the first woman to the presidency is an important and long-overdue milestone for the United States, but it is incredibly disheartening that the first woman president would have stood in support of the status quo radical feminists have fought so hard to dismantle. Having a woman hold the highest office of government is a hollow victory if that woman perpetuates the systemic oppression that cemented women’s status as second class citizens in the first place. When political leaders slash welfare, privatize entitlements, loosen environmental restrictions, bust unions, and send poor people to fight in yet another war: the race, gender, or political party of those leaders means little to the working poor, because the result for them is still the same.

There will be strong criticism levied against the third and alternative parties that ran in the presidential election. Specific to the Left, we will hear that we are responsible for Donald Trump's election because we ran against Hillary Clinton. Let's be perfectly clear on this: The Democratic Party is not entitled to the vote of every person who does not vote Republican. Hillary Clinton ran an unapologetically pro-Wall Street campaign and secured her party's nomination through an openly rigged primary process. She supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, instigated the Libyan Civil War and subsequent regime change, and enforced a foreign policy that is directly responsible for the Syrian Civil War and refugee crisis. No legitimate socialist or socialist organization would give support to such a person without betraying everything that socialism stands for.

The Republican and Democratic Parties have consistently failed to empower or defend the interests of the working class, and in many cases are directly responsible for the attacks on them. They exist to monopolize political power and represent the interests of capitalism.

Dark days are ahead. None of us know the specifics on what laws the Trump administration will push to enact or repeal, but we have all heard his rhetoric and seen his supporters. There is nothing any of us can say to make this better. What we can do is organize. What we can do is defend our neighbors and stand with the communities that will be under attack from President Trump and his right-wing army of supporters. What we can do is organize ourselves into an effective opposition.

Any hope for progress we have lies with us, our neighbors, our co-workers, our communities, and our working class that has the collective power to challenge capitalism and build a new system in its place.

To that end, we invite you to join the Socialist Party. Together, we can work to build a mass movement built on revolutionary politics and dedicated to ending this oppressive system called capitalism.


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There are a number of people that we would like to pay tribute to in this statement. Michael Anderson, who was the Socialist Party's nominee for Michigan State Representative in the 70th district, secured 5% of the vote in a three-way race. Jarrod Williams, who was the Socialist Party's nominee for United States Senate in Nevada, secured over 6,800 votes in the race to succeed Harry Reid. Seth Baker, who was endorsed by the Socialist Party in his campaign for Maine State Senate in District 27, secured 17% of the vote in a three-way race and out-polled the Republican candidate. Thank you all for your willingness to stand as advocates for democratic socialism in your respective races.

We would like to recognize Matt Erard, who serves at the Socialist Party's Campaign Clearinghouse Coordinator. Both in this election and elections past, Matt's knowledge and insight on ballot access has been a tremendous asset to Socialist Party candidates. Thank you for your continued dedication to our Party's electoral action.

We would like to recognize and thank all of the Socialist Party members and supporters throughout the country that worked on the Soltysik/Walker presidential campaign. Between ballot and write-in status work, organizing events for the campaign, and promoting the campaign on social media and in your communities, you all have made this the most positive and energetic Socialist Party campaign in recent memory.

Finally, and on behalf of the entire Socialist Party, we would like to pay tribute to Mimi and Angela for standing as our presidential ticket. The amount of time and energy that went into the presidential campaign is extraordinary and deserves to be recognized. The campaign's message of looking beyond our isolated circles and to our communities to organize for radical politics was a perspective that we desperately needed to hear. There is no question that countless people across the country will be better organizers for having come in contact with the Soltysik/Walker campaign and the ideas it put forward. Love and thanks to you both for all of your work.

 


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Albert Westpy
11/10/2016 11:18am

Brilliant, Pat !

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Patrick
11/10/2016 8:50pm

How many votes all together did Soltysik and Walker receive nationally?

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Albert Westpy
11/10/2016 11:10pm

I'm not sure yet.

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11/11/2016 10:14am

Big congratulation to Donald Trump for being the new president of United States of America. Hope that we could give that country a new forward step towards success and make this country a peaceful place to live in.

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Albert Westpy
11/11/2016 10:36am

You have my sympathy.

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11/11/2016 10:32pm

Donal won.

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albert westpy
11/12/2016 2:10am

Yes, Donal did indeed win. Americans with IQ's over 65 lost.

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