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 ErnstOn The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami Tillis appears to reinforce question about COVID-19 death toll The power of incumbency: How Trump is using the Oval Office to win reelection MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday afternoon that Stephen MooreStephen MooreTrump economist touts nation's low poverty rate Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Economist Moore calls on Pelosi, Schumer to 'get a deal done' amid stimulus stalemate MORE would likely be rejected by the Senate if President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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.”


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 GrahamHarris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Confirmation hearing for Trump's Supreme Court pick to start Oct. 12 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 CapitoCongress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out Second GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure MORE (R-W.Va.) said Tuesday that Moore's comments about women "are hard to look past," and Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnNetflix distances from author's comments about Muslim Uyghurs but defends project Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Key Democrat opposes GOP Section 230 subpoena for Facebook, Twitter, Google MORE (R-Tenn.) said she would grill Moore about his writings if he's nominated.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election Democratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' Poll: 57 percent of Americans think next president, Senate should fill Ginsburg vacancy 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