Communist Party replies to Trump’s State of the Union

BY:Communist Party USA| January 29, 2018
Communist Party replies to Trump’s State of the Union

Watch the CPUSA reply to Trump here.

John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, will replied yesterday to Trump’s State of the Union on Facebook Live.  Bachtell said:

In his speech, Trump offered no constructive solutions to addressing social and economic inequality, health care and education needs, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, the planetary emergency posed by climate change, and growing nuclear war danger.

In fact, every Trump-Republican policy aggravates these crises, including the opioid crisis.

Instead of embracing values most of us hold dear—telling the truth, caring for one another, family, community, fairness, tolerance, peace, and protection of the environment—Trump (when he’s not playing golf, watching TV, or tweeting), his white supremacist and fascist allies, and the Republican Congress are all working overtime to take us back 100 years.

Trump distracts, disguises, and divides with lies, hate, and fear. We can never allow this to be normalized.

Read more here.


This article has been updated to include the Communist Party’s reply.


    The Communist Party USA is a working class organization founded in 1919 in Chicago, IL.

    The Communist Party stands for the interests of the American working class and the American people. It stands for our interests in both the present and the future. Solidarity with workers of other countries is also part of our work. We work in coalition with the labor movement, the peace movement, the student movement, organizations fighting for equality and social justice, the environmental movement, immigrants rights groups and the health care for all campaign.

    But to win a better life for working families, we believe that we must go further. We believe that the American people can replace capitalism with a system that puts people before profit — socialism.

    We are rooted in our country's revolutionary history and its struggles for democracy. We call for "Bill of Rights" socialism, guaranteeing full individual freedoms.

Comments (6)

Charles Eaton | February 20, 2018 at 7:52 PM

The GOP has monopolized the populist movement. They have learned the art of propaganda very well. I believe the article above addresses some of the issues, but it falls extremely short on solutions that individuals can take on a grass root level to build resistance to such policies. We need to remember that we are a revolutionist party, we are not here to support Democrats or other candidates besides our own. Again as I’ve said in other comments, it is good for us to have clear discussion about the state of the union. But in doing so we must take the responsibility to formulate plans, and in act these plans to bring about our own candidates, including eventually one that can become a challenger for the presidency.

Until we are able to do so, our voices like that of the wind, and it will make no effect on the total outcome of our nation.

Unfortunately at this time, a time in which we could grow by a hundredfold we are concerned more with our network presence on the Internet, then in organizing in conjunction with unions a larger membership base and promoting our own individual candidates.

This is the lesson that we learn from the state of the union, it highlights our failures to produce socialist – communist candidates that can win the heart of the people, thereby winning political seats that can represent the worker and their needs.

jules | February 09, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Thank you for this most accurate and powerful sentence:
“Trump distracts, disguises, and divides with lies, hate, and fear. We can never allow this to be normalized.”
Observer Jules

Timothy D. Salisbury | January 31, 2018 at 2:02 AM

This is also why we must fight to secure the means of production and unity, equity and equality within the people that have been divided by the class system of the masses and also those who would distact others from the real idea and threat that is coming. Remember, we all grew up in this capitalist system, and can easily turn a blind eye to those suffer. But I’m sure if you take 5 minutes and take in all that you see that has transpired, you can clearly see the oppression and division is there.

norman markowitz | January 31, 2018 at 12:12 AM

Right on Joe. Also what Socialist Party is Patrick talking about. Yesterday, Trump did a little league version of Ronald Reagan, a speech filled with glittering generalties while he looked miserable(as if he wanted to break out and call people names). And the very media that he villifies, conservative media overwhelmingly is praising him for speaking as a “unifier”. Only through building a broad and united front of peoples movements, a coalition with a unified program, can the class forces which support Trump in order to defund and destroy the trade union movement and all peoples movements, who are willing to tolerate his administration’s worst abuses because he offers them so much, be thrown back. We do not have an open fascist dictatorship but we are in a sense seeking to accomplish what partisan and resistance movements did in occupied Europe and Asia with non violent political means, that is fight a war of liberation against Trump and his party, defeat that party politically at all levels, and then carry forward the campaign to sweep away not only Trump’s policies, but the policies of the last two generations, which have undermined greatly the economic and social gains that working people made in the first three quarters of the 20th century. Reactionary and fascist movements always use the tactic of “Blitzkrieg” to overwhelm their opponents, which is exactly what Trump and the GOP has been trying to do. So far they have not succeeded and our strategy is the best strategy to insure that they will not succeed

Patrick | January 31, 2018 at 7:18 AM

wow looked at the socialist party web site and they seem more radical than cpusa . are you aligned with the socialist patty?

    Joe Sims | January 31, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Define radical. For us getting to the root of things means identifying the main obstacles to social progress and then figuring out a way forward. That obstacle today is the extreme right and fascist elements group in and around Trump. How then do you address this problem? It seems pretty clear that working with others, that is, building a coalition to defeat the GOP makes a whole lot of sense. Of course, we are working within the confines of a capitalist system but changing it fundamentally requires having the political space to do so. Authoritarian and fascist policies will only make that harder. And that goes to your question of who we are aligned with. The CP works at the local and national level with all who agree with us on issues. We also support a newly forming left coalition composed of several different left, socialist and Marxist groups.

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