By Spencer Feingold
Following his recent withdrawal as a nominee for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, Stephen Moore says he now hopes to work on the reelection campaign of President Trump.
In the reelection efforts, I want to “educate people on this incredible economy, that it didn't happen by accident,” Moore told Cheddar in an interview Wednesday.
Amid growing controversy over past writing and comments degrading to women, Moore withdrew his bid to serve on the Fed last week. Moore said the “onslaught of personal assaults” lead to his decision to pull his name, which came just hours after Moore told Bloomberg he was “all in” on the central bank position.
“You can say things 20 years ago that you can’t say today,” Moore said, adding that some of his remarks were insulting but some were meant to be humorous.
Yet, Moore — who is a well known conservative pundit and commentator — wrote in 2014 that women earning more than men “could be disruptive to family stability.” In his decades of writings, Moore also attacked feminists and repeatedly bemoaned female athletes in professional and youth sports ー "co-ed sports is doing irreparable harm to the psyche of America’s little boys," Moore wrote.
The slew of comments and columns led Moore to lose support from several key Republican senators, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), which made a Senate confirmation largely impossible.
“I’m not a saint; I’m not an altar boy,” Moore said. “I’m flamboyant, I’m politically incorrect, and those kinds of things. And that doesn’t fit well with being a Senate confirmation person.”
Moore added that he hoped his confirmation process would be a debate about the role of the Fed and not his past writing and attitude towards women.
Regardless of an official position on Trump’s reelection campaign, Moore lauded the president's economic policies and defended his repeated criticism of the Fed.
“The president is the CEO of the economy,” Moore said. “And if you listen to what Trump’s been saying, he’s been right and the Fed has been wrong.”
Moore also attacked the Democratic 2020 candidates saying their economic policies “are putting our prosperity in danger.”