Title

Biden’s status as Democratic front-runner reveals #MeToo as weak political strategy

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

4-3-2019

Abstract

With his official declaration that he’s running for president again, Joe Biden is now considered the front-runner in the crowded Democratic race to take on Donald Trump in 2020. Biden’s status as the early favourite is another example of the #MeToo movement showing itself to be an ineffective tool when it comes to Democratic politics in the United States.

Last fall, the Democrats dramatically failed to leverage sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, then a Supreme Court nominee and now a justice on the court. Weeks before Biden declared his official candidacy, various factions of the Democratic party alleged the former U.S. vice-president engaged in “inappropriate conduct” with women at previous campaign and fundraising events.

Publication Title

The Conversation

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