Ernst says she's 'very unlikely' to support Moore

Ernst says she's 'very unlikely' to support Moore
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Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday afternoon that Stephen MooreStephen MooreTrump puts hopes for Fed revolution on unconventional candidate Acosta on shaky ground as GOP support wavers Americans are trillion better off thanks to rising stocks under Trump MORE would likely be rejected by the Senate if President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE nominated him to the Federal Reserve Board.

Ernst told reporters she is "very unlikely" to support Moore if he is nominated to the post, adding that several other GOP senators shared her concerns about his potential appointment.

When asked if Moore would be confirmed by the Senate if the chamber were to vote on his nomination on Tuesday, Ernst said, “I don’t think so.”

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Ernst’s comments come a day after the Republican senator said she was “unenthused” by Moore’s potential nomination and criticized him for “ridiculous” past statements about women.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Democrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets US-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' MORE (R-S.C.), a close Trump ally, also said Tuesday that Moore's nomination would be "very problematic" but did not rule out supporting him.

Moore has faced severe backlash for columns he wrote in the early 2000s criticizing the inclusion of women in sports.

"Here's the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything," Moore wrote in a National Review Online column in March 2002 that was unearthed last week by CNN's KFile.

Moore has since apologized for that column and said it was meant to be a spoof.

Trump and his top aides have defended Moore, saying they will continue to support him while reviewing his writings.

Moore has also been bashed for expressing concerns about women earning more than men, arguing that a female breadwinner would be "disruptive" to a household. He defended his comments in a Tuesday interview with CNBC, saying “the biggest problem I see in the economy over the last 25 years” is the decline in male earnings.

“I want everybody’s wages to rise, of course. People are talking about women’s earnings. They’ve risen,” Moore said on CNBC. 

Ernst is among several Republican women to voice issues with Moore's comments and nomination.

Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAnyone for tennis? Washington Kastles Charity Classic returns this week The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal MORE (R-W.Va.) said Tuesday that Moore's comments about women "are hard to look past," and Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnHillicon Valley: Intel chief creates new election security position | Privacy groups want role in new tech task force | Republicans urge Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud contract Advocates urge senators to work with consumer groups on privacy law Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections MORE (R-Tenn.) said she would grill Moore about his writings if he's nominated.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report MORE (R-Maine) said that while she had "concerns" about Moore's commentary, the debate on his record is "premature" since he has not been officially nominated yet.

– Jordain Carney and Al Weaver contributed