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 BrownBoth sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial Lawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank Hillicon Valley: Senate Dems unveil privacy bill | Trump campaign, RNC rip Google political ad policy | Activists form national coalition to take on Amazon | Commerce issues rule to secure communications supply chain MORE (D-Ohio) on Tuesday pressed Stephen MooreStephen MooreOn The Money: Trump seeks to shift spotlight from impeachment to economy | Appropriators agree to Dec. 20 funding deadline | New study says tariffs threaten 1.5M jobs Trump tax adviser floats middle-class cuts ahead of 2020 Sunday shows - Next impeachment phase dominates MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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. 

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Lawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities Senators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing MORE (R-Ohio), the other senator from Ohio, did not immediately return a request for comment.

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.