Hillary Clinton has laid the blame on her upset election loss to Donald Trump on everyone from FBI Director James Comey to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But for many Democrats, Clinton’s shortcomings can be pinned on her inability to promote a concise, compelling economic message that resonated with voters.
“The Democratic Party failed to offer a compelling jobs message for everybody,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, an early Clinton supporter, told Business Insider in a recent interview.
Clinton “did win Rhode Island by a couple digits,” she added. “But a lot of the areas that went for Trump in Rhode Island are places where people are feeling like they’re left behind in this economy. And I think that as I’m out and about talking to Rhode Islanders, there’s still a high degree of anxiety about my economic future.”