Donald Trump is still the leading candidate in the Republican Party

Donald Trump’s bid to be the Republican Party candidate for the White House took another step forward this week as he swept the New Hampshire Republican primary. His polling in advance of Tuesday’s vote was so great that his hard right challenger, 

Florida governor Ron DeSantis, pulled out just before the primary started. DeSantis then urged his supporters to vote Trump. “It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” he said.

Biotech investor Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina senator Tim Scott, who previously dropped out of the race, have similarly endorsed Trump. Now only Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor, remains a rival to Trump. 

The 52-year-old claims to speak for a younger generation that both Trump aged 77—and the Democrat’s Joe Biden aged 81—cannot represent. No one should be fooled into thinking that Haley, who is of Indian-American heritage, represents an alternative to Trump and the party’s hard right. 

As a former US ambassador to the United Nations she pushed for support for Israel’s wars and for more threats against Iran and China. She is anti-abortion and has supported laws that restrict it. Apart from age, there is little to separate her from Trump, or her former rival DeSantis. 

Huge general strike in Argentina against new president

Hard right Argentinian president Javier Milei was set to face huge opposition this week as three major union federations united for a general strike. Milei, who was elected at the end of last year, is trying to rush through a series of neoliberal “reforms” and wants to strip workers of their right to resist. 

He wants to criminalise street protests, privatise public services and consolidate state power in the hands of the president. These measures have already sparked widespread protests characterised by nightly cacerolazo pot banging protests. This Wednesday the giant CGT, CTA-T and CTA-A union groups plan to bring the power of organised workers into the battle. 

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