Nevertheless, there remains the question, "Why do white and working class voters consistently support Republican candidates who actually hurt their economic livelihoods?" The answer should not be a riddle. The psychological wages of whiteness are great. These voters are making a choice based on "cultural values". These voters like to hurt other Americans and convince themselves that they are noble while doing so. The money is in the riddle and making the known into the unknown. Consequently, you will rarely if ever see the mainstream American corporate news media state those facts plainly.
Here are some examples of plain speaking about Donald Trump and his white "working class" and poor "rural" voters that you may find of interest.
Frank Rich's, "No Sentiment for the Hillbilly".
Kevin Baker's, "The Eternal Spotlight of the Eternal White Mind".
And Kevin Williamson's "classic" (meaning for its entertaining prose and scorn) pieces on the "white ghetto" that is parts of Appalachia.
This excellent piece on how "white poverty" as been rediscovered by the mainstream news media and American policy makers.
What to do when the granular details and sentiments expressed by a writer--as in the case of Frank Rich who wants Trump trash to stay on their highway to hell--are correct but the big picture they paint is not?