@mikachops: Sorry to quote myself and this is no defense of white disenfranchisement, but here's my take from a post earlier in the thread:
While I'm quoting myself, this also seems relevant:
The entire story of these forgotten rustbelt people is total bullshit. Those people have been ignored throughout my entire lifetime by Republicans, but they were thriving under Bill Clintion. I will agree that Clinton made mistakes by completing George Bush's work on NAFTA and repealing Glass-Steagle but you can't say he didn't care about the middle and working classes. Nearly everything Obama has tried to do was to benefit the poor and working classes. Though it was blocked and gutted at every turn, Obamacare was an attempt to empower people of any income level to have affordable health care. He took control of GM to protect the jobs and pensions of the exact manufacturing-dependent people these stories all talk about. He tried to pass huge stimulus packages to protect the same people from the recession. Those were whittled down at every opportunity by Republicans. I'm not saying Obama was perfect, but he never ignored these people.
This narrative of liberal elitism forcing good people to vote for an authoritarian misogynist sexual predator bigot is just more propaganda coming from right wing media sources.