If you've been watching the Democratic debates — with a record number of women running — it's easy to forget that #MeToo ever happened, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
- This is the first presidential election since the rise of the movement, which Democrats embraced. Yet the issues barely registered in the first two debates.
- None of the top-tier candidates have made women's issues a defining theme. They've saved that for their plans for a wealth tax, Medicare for All and climate change — and, of course, President Trump.
- The only presidential candidate making these issues a staple is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who's struggling to clear 1% in the polls.
The backdrop: The 2018 midterms were a sign of the political power women harnessed after #MeToo.
- But in the 2020 race, debate moderators for the most part haven't been asking about these issues, from sexual harassment policies to paid family leave.
Gillibrand hosted a reproductive rights town hall in Missouri — shortly before a state law, banning most abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, takes effect next week.
- But the coverage was mostly by St. Louis media. Everyone else was focused on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Minnesota rally because of the crowd size.
- And Gillibrand is struggling to qualify for the next debate in September.