Update: Amid widespread backlash, President Trump announced Thursday that he would not nominate Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board.
Donald Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve Board, Stephen Moore, says has no intention of withdrawing his candidacy despite controversy over his long history of making comments denigrating women. Moore, an economic commentator and close political ally of the President, told CNN that he plans to personally lobby Republican senators who have expressed uncertainty about his candidacy.
“I do need to sit down with every one of them and tell them here’s the truth: I’m not anti-woman,” said Moore. “When they hear that I think they’ll — hopefully they’ll be supportive.”
A number of Republican women, including Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Alaska Sen. Lis Murkowski, and West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore have expressed “reservations” about Moore. As a columnist for the National Review, Moore had argued that women should be banned from refereeing, announcing, or even selling beer at men’s college basketball games. In other columns, he derided women athletes’ efforts to earn equal pay as ridiculous and described even the sight of women playing pickup basketball alongside men as a “travesty.”
On Tuesday, Moore added further fuel to the fire by claiming in an interview with CNBC that the biggest problem for the U.S. economy was a decline in “male earnings.”
“Look, I want everybody’s wages to rise, of course, but you know, people are talking about women’s earnings — they’ve risen,” said Moore. “The problem, actually, has been the steady decline in male earnings, and I think we should pay attention to that because I think that has very negative consequences for the economy and for society.”
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