Will Trump mention #metoo at State of the Union?

A record number of women are running for public office in 2018.

— -- The reverberations of the #metoo movement have echoed around the country and inspired a record number of women to run for public office.

For Trump, it's a complicated issue, political science experts said.

He was elected in 2016 after several women publicly complained about his behavior and after the airing of the now infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump could be heard off-camera suggesting that fame empowered him to grab women by the genitals and "just start kissing" them.

The president has said he is “for” women but isn't a feminist.

More broadly, only 29 percent of women approve of the president’s job, according to a January ABC News Washington Post poll, and 55 percent of women doubt Trump’s mental stability.

But just because the president is unlikely to mention the topic, doesn’t mean the issue will be absent from the room.

And some members of Congress will wear the TIME’S UP pin to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment and assault.

But the message will have fierce competition from a man who knows how to garner headlines.

“A lot of that message will come from the symbolism,” said Swers, adding that “President Trump knows how to make news – so it has to compete against whatever larger message he is saying.”

There are 389 women are running for the House of Representatives, 49 women running for Senate and 79 women running for governor in 2018, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Most of the women running this year are Democrats. Women support Democratic candidates, 64-29, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll.

And that means one place the #metoo message will likely be heard is from Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., who is delivering the Democratic response to Trump.

Kennedy hails from a famous family, comes from a deep-blue state and has a strong record on social issues – things likely to appeal to Democrats ahead of the 2018 election.