One of President Donald Trump's intended nominees for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board has publicly bemoaned the involvement of women in sports for more than a decade, asking if there was any place "where men can take vacation from women."
The economic commentator and former Trump campaign adviser was especially open about his misogynistic views while writing for the conservative National Review magazine in the early 2000's, CNN reports.
He complained in a 2000 column about the fact that his wife voted for Democrats. "Women are sooo malleable! No wonder there's a gender gap,” he wrote. Moore criticized female athletes in another column that same year for wanting "equal pay for inferior work."
Moore worked as an editorial board member for the Wall Street Journal and was also the president of a conservative political group called the Club for Growth. From 2017 to last month, he was a contributor for CNN. In an email to CNN's Kfile, he claimed that the comments were a "spoof."
“I have a sense of humor,” he said.
The comments are receiving new scrutiny after Trump announced his intention to nominate Moore to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors last month. Moore has not yet been officially nominated, and the confirmation process for his position could be contentious in light of the comments.
Trump on Monday announced that his other intended nominee for the Fed board, Herman Cain, has removed himself from consideration. His withdrawl comes amid renewed concerns regarding sexual harassment allegations that caused him to drop out of the 2012 presidential campaign.
In a 2002 column, Moore proposed changing the March Madness tournament to free the college basketball competition of "un-American" aspects. The first change he proposed was "no women."
"Here's the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything," he wrote in March 2002.