White working and middle-class people look at what the two major parties have done over the past 35 years and they see each one pursuing policies that assure one percent of the people get 50% of the pie. Republicans say in barely coded language that A) they will give non-affluent whites first dibs at the crumbs the rich leave behind while B) Democrats will give first dibs to blacks, immigrants, gays, and liburals (most of whom are in the 1% anyway).
Corporate democrats also basically tell white working people A) there’s nothing to be done about the 1/2 of our nation’s wealth that goes to the 1% and B) everybody else has to share what’s left in equal quantities. How big a surprise is then that so many white working voters support Republicans?
If you look at the free trade deals, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, Obama’s willingness to enter into a “grand bargain”, trying to convince white working Republicans they’ve doped this out wrong is tough sledding.
This is why Bernie is so crucial. Unlike Hillary who has supported some of the very policies that have led to the extraordinary inequality we face now, Bernie really would take a big healthy chunk of the 1%’s slice and allocate it more fairly. If we care about our nation’s future, we’ve got to back him.