I never said half the country was irrelevant. I’m saying this tiny percentage had a disproportionate impact on the results because of procedural flaws, which is pretty much undeniable. Clinton won millions more votes (and was undeniably the choice of the lowest paid workers in America)but they didn’t matter as much as a hundred thousand or so in the swing states. I never even used the words irrelevant or deplorable. I have spent decades protesting and agitating against the kind of neo-liberal policies that cost the democrats these voters. I just don’t kid myself that them going over to trump is some kind of win for the working man.