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 BrownOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Lawmakers grapple with the future of America's workforce The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE (D-Ohio) on Tuesday pressed Stephen MooreStephen MooreWhy trade war with China is a dangerous game for America Trump, Kudlow 'had it out' after contradiction on who is hurt by tariffs: report Why free traders and all Americans should back Trump on China policy MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 PortmanHouse votes to boost retirement savings The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget WANTED: A Republican with courage 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.