Sherrod Brown asks Trump Fed pick why he referred to Cleveland, Cincinnati as 'armpits of America'

Sherrod Brown asks Trump Fed pick why he referred to Cleveland, Cincinnati as 'armpits of America'
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillary Clinton has said she'd consider 2020 race if she thought she could win: report Democrats jump into Trump turf war over student loans Critics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles MORE (D-Ohio) on Tuesday pressed Stephen MooreStephen MooreTop economic adviser warned Trump on reelection chances ahead of China truce: report Nancy Pelosi's gut-check moment on trade and the USMCA Trump adviser: 'He should stop saying things that are untrue' MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE's nominee to fill one of two vacant spots on the Federal Reserve Board, about when Moore once called Cleveland and Cincinnati the "armpits of America."

"Why did you say that Cincinnati and Cleveland are the armpit of America? Please provide a list of other towns in the Midwest and the rest of the country that you believe also match the description of 'the armpit of America,' " Brown wrote in a letter to Moore.

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Moore made the comments in 2014 while speaking at a discussion hosted by the Heartland Institute.

"Chicago is a world-class city. … If you live in the midwest, where else do you want to live besides Chicago? You don’t want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland or these armpits of America like that. You want to live in Chicago," Moore said at the time. 

Brown, who is the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, which is responsible for reviewing Moore's nomination, demanded an apology from Moore in Tuesday's letter.

"On behalf of the people of Ohio, the Midwest, and every community that has been looked down on and disparaged by Washington and Wall Street, I demand an apology and I demand that you publicly retract your statement," Brown wrote. 

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Brown added in his letter that Moore's comments are "disqualifying."

“That view should be disqualifying for the critical role of Governor of the Federal Reserve Board. You didn’t just insult Cleveland and Cincinnati — you dismissed millions of Americans who work and live in small towns and cities across the industrial heartland, and who have been locked down on and left behind by Washington and Wall Street for decades," Brown wrote.