The problem, as we have discussed in this thread, is that they don't want any of the potential solutions. Their solution, at least it seems to be the one they want, is a trade war, which will hurt other Americans just to give them the specific job they want. Though, it's not highly likely the trade war would get them a ton of jobs for reasons we have discussed before.
Of course, the same people that will be hurt by this trade war are the same people willing to be taxed to pay for education, welfare, etc. to help transition them, but they don't seem to want that. They seem to be falling into this trap:
"they’d prefer to live in a world where the average salary was $25,000 and they earned $50,000 than one where they earned $100,000 but the average was $200,000."
First, given the choice, I would also prefer to make twice average income, rather than half average income. Giving everyone more money just increases prices, basic economics, but written for an audience with low appreciation for economics, in general.
Second, grouping the people who have differing opinions (as I did above) into a homogeneous "they", is just lazy thinking. It prevents us from discussing solutions, because it misdefines the problem.
Economic changes in small towns is a self solving problem. The capable leave. It is that simple. The rest make do. Your constant reference to the disability of Mississippi residents is a great example. Those who could compete, did. And those that couldn't, left, and those who couldn't leave, made do. And used what resources were available.
Now, you being offended that this last group isn't happy with the solution set provided by your side, is your problem. They aren't hypocrites, they are just getting by. These people will never be grateful to take your handouts, and by the way, neither is anyone else. Welfare recipients, in general, regardless of race or history, or program are not happy about their status. It is kinda BS that you segregate this group to harass for not blindly supporting your cause.
These people would have voted red, regardless of the candidate.
Your Trump problem was people who would normally vote Democrat, but either changed their mind, or stayed home. That is all a Democratic problem.
Recasting this as a racist, whitey, rural problem is just spin, from the powers that be, within your party, to keep the followers following. The problem and solution all fall within a real change in leadership within your party.
Trump vs Anybody Else, was an easy Democratic victory. And now that we have 4 years of The Douchebag, and his backup band, the neoliberals desperately need you to focus on hypocrites from Mississippi, rather than them.
I expect 4 years of OMG RACIST WTF NAZIS!!!! Or you and yours could focus on cleaning house.
For the record, I don't expect registries, or a wall, or brown shirts. However, if I am wrong, please let me know. My name will be on the petition, or whatever form of protest is available. But I'm not going to protest a douche for just being a douche. Life is too short.