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#MeToo to have palpable effect on 2020 race
January 12, 2019
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WASHINGTON: The #MeToo movement helped sweep Democrats to victory in November’s midterms, but some of the party’s leading lights, including potential 2020 candidates, face scrutiny from the women’s anti-harassment drive that brought men to account for sexist behaviour.

A diverse field of Democrats, potentially including senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker, and the notoriously tactile former vice president Joe Biden, will likely enter the race to determine who squares off next year against President Donald Trump.

Their campaigns, and those of others, could either be boosted or tainted by the fight for gender equality in the run up to 2020.

“Clearly, it’s going to play a role,” David Redlawsk, chairman of the political science department at the University of Delaware, said.

“It potentially complicates the primaries to some degree, but we don’t know how much in the end.” It has already complicated the path for Sanders, who apologised on Thursday after fresh allegations by women who said they were harassed by fellow campaign members in 2016.

The mistreatment allegations “speak to unacceptable behaviour that must not be tolerated in any campaign or any workplace,” Sanders said.

The #MeToo movement has existed since 2006, but it took on renewed urgency after explosive sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke in October 2017.

The Hollywood mogul’s career was stopped cold, and the floodgates opened for victims to tell their survival stories.

Many men were toppled from their prime perches in entertainment, business and the media.

Agence France-Presse

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