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Toward 2020

Next election will be all about the women—and misogyny.

In January 2017, when the 65,853,514 Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton were still in a state of shock and disbelief as Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day loomed, I wrote a column asserting that 2020 would be the Year of the Woman. I wrote that after 244 years of male presidents, and a century after the ratiication of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, we would inally elect a woman president. My choices for president and vice president were Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DNY), in either coniguration: Harris/Gillibrand or Gillibrand/Harris. I predicted that one of those women would be our Democratic nominee in 2020.

In January 2019, both women announced their candidacies. Gillibrand is the Senate’s most progressive voter and Harris is the Senate’s most charismatic igure. Both women have been legislative mavericks, writing crucially important laws for women and minorities. Both are powerful actors in the Senate. In my political version of fantasy football, these two women get to be co-president, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who announced her candidacy in December 2018, as attorney general and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MI) as secretary of state.

The only thing standing in the way of my prediction is a resurgence of the misogyny we faced in 2016, which battered Hillary Clinton, the irst woman nominee of a major party, at every turn. If social media and the emails I receivein response to my ongoing coverage of the 2020 race are any indicator, 2020 will be just as brutal as 2016—if not more so.

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