The U.S. president has been forced to face the truth.
But America's conservative establishment, particularly in rural and poor states, has done a superb job of convincing the people who most need government's help that asking for it is shameful — it's socialism and it's evil — and that they should effectively vote against their own economic self-interest.
Why vote for Trump, who lied through his teeth, promising everything and anything? Who knows? I'm just as stumped as you.