Trump speaks in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, November 24, 2015 (Picture: Matthew Trudeau Photograph)

In a warning for the future, Donald Trump was easily the most popular candidate at the first Republican caucus in Iowa this week.

It was the start of a series of elections across the country where voters choose their party’s presidential candidate for the election set for 5 November.

Trump missed the final Republican candidates’ debate, but those who turned up fought to be the most brutal to refugees and migrants.

Ron DeSantis said, “We will build the (anti-migrant) wall. We will actually have Mexico pay for it in the way that I thought Donald Trump would.” 

He also said the US state needs to deport more people. 

Nikki Haley said she would defund sanctuary cities. These offer aid to migrants.

On Sunday Trump held his own rally in Indianola, Iowa, where he pledged, “As soon as I take the oath of office, I’ll terminate the ever-open border policy of the Biden administration and begin the largest deportation operation in American history.”

On the same day as he said these words, a mother and her two children drowned in the Rio Grande river on the US border after Texas military officers refused to step in to help them. 

US border officials added that the Texas military officers also barred them from saving the family. 

Under the leadership of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Trump ally, Texas has been implementing its own border controls. 

President Biden’s administration finally warned the state of Texas to stop blocking the access of border patrols following the incident. 

But Biden has allowed Abbott and the state to carry on with its murderous policies that kill migrants for almost three years. 

As Republicans ramp up their racism, Biden’s ratings are continuing to plummet. A poll conducted by ABC News found that at the beginning of this week, Biden’s approval rating was at 33 per cent—his worst ever. 

The rating was also 3 percent lower than Trump’s worst ever rating when he was president.  Biden promised a package of policies that would try to raise living standards and improve infrastructure. 

But a poll conducted by Monmouth University found that 44 per cent of Americans say they are struggling financially. 

Biden’s failures to improve the lives of ordinary people while spending billions to fund imperialist wars mean that he is holding open the door for a Trump presidency. 

The hope in the US is the recent revival of the workers’ movement, seen in the auto workers’ strikes but also many other fights.

Half a million US workers walked out last year including machinists, teachers, baristas, nurses, screen writers and actors, and hotel housekeepers.

This was double the strike numbers for 2022, which in turn nearly doubled the 2021 number,

That has to lead to a political break from both the Republicans and the Democrats.

Election in Taiwan rouses US and China tension

The result of the elections in Taiwan could be used to intensify the rivalry between the United States and China.

William’s Lai’s Democratic Progressive Party has been in office for the last eight years and has now won a third term.

Since 2000, Taiwan has alternated between the DPP and the Kuomintang party, which is closer to the Chinese regime.

Lai has said he would not pursue formal independence from China but stresses Taiwanese sovereignty.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent Lai a message of congratulations following the result. In a statement Blinken said he congratulated the “Taiwan people for once again demonstrating the strength of their robust democratic system and electoral process”.

China then accused the US of sending “a gravely wrong signal” to those pushing for Taiwan’s independence. China called the message a violation of the US’s commitment to maintain only unofficial ties with Taiwan.

Just before the election, the Joe Biden administration said the US would be sending a high-level delegation to Taiwan headed by former national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, and former deputy secretary of state, James Steinberg. 

That delegation team is due to arrive this weekend.

The US state department last month approved a potential £250 million arms sale to Taiwan.

Nazis gather to discuss deporting millions 

Senior politicians from the German far right party the AfD met with neo-Nazis to discuss plans to deport millions of “unassimilated” migrants—even if they have German citizenship.

The meeting took place in a hotel near Berlin late last year, according to investigative journalists from the Correctiv group.

The AfD is running second in national polls in Germany ahead of important European and German regional elections this year. 

That means the far right is ahead of the Labour-like SPD, and the other parties in its governing coalition. 

Only the conservative CDU stand ahead of them.  The SPD and CDU politicians’ answer to the AfD threat is to back tougher controls on asylum. SPD and SDU leaders met last year to coordinate a policy they hoped would undermine the far right.

But the Nazi meeting revelations are so toxic that they have made it impossible for the SPD to continue with the plan.

The AfD will only be strengthened if mainstream politicians pander to the idea that migrants are a “problem” that must be “controlled”. 

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