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 ErnstErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa Democrats seek to drive wedge between Trump, GOP on whistleblowers MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday afternoon that Stephen MooreStephen MooreTrump administration weighing tax incentive for US households to invest in stock market On The Money: Trump adviser presses House to make Bezos testify | Kudlow says tax-cut proposal coming this fall | NY Fed says Boeing woes could hurt GDP | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE would likely be rejected by the Senate if President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister 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 GrahamGraham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk 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 CapitoTrump hammers Manchin over impeachment vote Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle Democrat Richard Ojeda announces Senate bid after dropping out of presidential race MORE (R-W.Va.) said Tuesday that Moore's comments about women "are hard to look past," and Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnAbortion wars flare up in Congress Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars Senate GOP blocks three election security bills MORE (R-Tenn.) said she would grill Moore about his writings if he's nominated.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Toward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates 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