AlterNet gives voice to someone who doubts there can be understanding between Trump voters and the coastal elites.
He doesn't think Trump voters understand their fault in their problems.
The real problem is that rural Americans don't understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of the choices they’ve made and the horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.
The author offers lots of others to blame.
Rural Christian white Americans have let anti-intellectual, anti-science, bigoted racists like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, the Stepford wives of Fox, and every evangelical preacher on television into their systems because these people tell them what they want to hear and because they sell themselves as being like them. The truth is none of these people give a rat’s ass about rural Christian white Americans except how they can exploit them for attention and money.
The author uses his background to try and show his understanding of rural culture, but it seems more the view of some who reviles that culture.
And sees their flaws instead of their own.