No women anything’: Trump Fed pick Stephen Moores list of misogynistic remarks
Economic commentator and former Trump campaign adviser has a long history of making offensive comments about women
Donald Trumps attempts to fill the vacancies on the Federal Reserve board are not going very well. On Monday, Herman Cain, a pizza mogul, withdrew from consideration, after facing widespread opposition from senators worried about his political activism and history of sexual harassment accusations. Cain, for his part, said he had decided not to proceed because the $183,100 salary would be a big pay cut. The poor guy would probably have to dip into his savings to survive.
Now that Cain is out of the picture, the focus has turned to Stephen Moore, another of Trumps picks for the job. CNN dug up some of Moores old columns and, in news that will surprise nobody, it turns out the economic commentator and former Trump campaign adviser, has a long history of making misogynistic statements.
A 2002 column of his for the National Review, for example, sets out his views on the role women should play in mens college basketball. Heres the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything. Like all rules, this one has an exception: Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein, Moore wrote. He also suggested the sports journalist should do her job while wearing a halter top.
Its not just basketball that Moore has strong views on. In a 2000 column, Moore complained: The women tennis pros dont really want equal pay for equal work. They want equal pay for inferior work If there is an injustice in tennis, its that women like Martina Hingis and Monica Seles make millions of dollars a year, even though there are hundreds of men at the collegiate level who could beat them handily.
There are many more offensive quotes but, according to Moore, you shouldnt worry about them too much because he was just joking. This was a spoof, Moore said in a statement to CNN. I have a sense of humor. Moore also complained that the media is trying to sabotage his nomination. They cant defeat me based on my qualifications or my economic ideas so they resort to character assassination, Moore told rightwing website the Daily Caller.
Perhaps he has a point. To be fair and balanced, one ought to ensure his misogynistic views are presented alongside his economic ideas. So heres a quick rundown of these ideas:
He shouldnt have to pay child support
In March, the Guardian reported that Moore was reprimanded by a judge in 2012 after he failed to pay his wife $300,000 in child support and money owed under their divorce settlement.
Women earning more than men would disrupt family stability
In a 2014 article for the National Review Moore writes: What are the implications of a society in which women earn more than men? We dont really know, but it could be disruptive to family stability. If men arent the breadwinners, will women regard them as economically expendable?
The pay gap isnt real
In the same article where Moore says women earning more than men would be disastrous, he claims that the gender pay gap isnt real. There is virtually no pay discrepancy between men and women, so for this generation the 77-cents mantra is as outdated as bell-bottom jeans, he writes.
Social security has gone too far
During an appearance on CNN in 1992, Moore reportedly said: Well, weve probably gone too far in providing the safety net for the elderly. To a large extent, weve started a system in this country where we are taxing struggling middle-class families that are young to provide lavish government benefits for people over 65.
Most importantly, he shouldnt have to pay tax
Moore currently owes the IRS $75,328 for taxes incurred in 2014. Moore has disputed the IRS claim, saying he has been trying to work out a deal with the government but hasnt been able to yet. This is the guy that Trump wants to help govern the worlds most powerful central bank.