Trump's critics might ask why so many lower-income whites feel disenfranchised. One cause is a stagnant real hourly wage that contrasts with America's economic performance until the 1960s, a period which covered laissez faire, Progressive, and New Deal eras when there was less government and harder money.
The Obama administration has tended to marginalize working class and poor whites. Two examples are the remark Obama made in 2008 about rural Pennsylvanians clinging to religion, guns,and xenophobia while, at the same time, defending his own participation in Jeremiah Wright's church. What religion does Obama cling to?