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GOP Suddenly 'Not Enthused' By Garbage Racist Sexist Trump Fed Pick Stephen Moore

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Stephen Moore is Donald Trump's other terrible, no-good choice for the Federal Reserve. He has the distinct advantage of not being Herman Cain. However, he also has the drawback of being Stephen Moore. You can't win everything. Moore is an unimpressive right-wing hack who advised Trump's presidential campaign. He might've still skated through Senate confirmation, but Moore's past writings for the National Review revealed some Cro-Magnon theories on women. Someone should really introduce Google to whoever vets candidates for Trump appointments.

Moore has gone on a minor apology tour and explained that most of the crap he wrote was almost 20 years ago, well before scientists discovered women were possibly people. On Sunday's "This Week," Moore suggested a "sleaze campaign" was trying to derail his appointment by reminding people who he is. But he's confident of his chances if everyone focuses instead on his actual economic genius.

MOORE: If [my confirmation] comes down to things I wrote 18 years ago that were impolitic, that I've apologized for, that were, you know, insulting, then I'm in trouble... If it comes to economic ideas, then I'll be fine.

Unfortunately, his economic ideas are also full of sexist shit. In a 2014 National Review piece, Moore claimed the real gender pay gap we should worry about was women somehow earning more than men, because that would prove "disruptive to family stability." That's only true if men's egos are so fragile they resent their wives knocking out the mortgage payments for them. He sounds like a common Tucker Carlson.


MOORE: If men aren't the breadwinners, will women regard them as economically expendable? We saw what happened to family structure in low-income and black households when a welfare check took the place of a father's paycheck. Divorce rates go up when men lose their jobs.

The problem here is especially acute with respect to black families. Black women have been on a 30-year trend of outpacing black men in terms of education and thus earnings. Men are becoming financially expendable.

Yeah, Moore's kinda racist, as well. You really get your money's worth with that National Review subscription. Moore has a history of offering his unsolicited and stupid opinions about the "decline" of the black family. One cringe-worthy example is his 2000 appearance on C-SPAN, which he had to know was being recorded.

MOORE: It's not a good thing that black women are making more than black men today.

Uh, why not? It worked for the Obamas.

MOORE: In fact, you know, the male needs to be the breadwinner of the family.

Men might also claim they "need" a "wake-me-up" blowjob before their morning coffee. That doesn't make it necessarily so.

MOORE: One of the reasons you've seen the decline of the family, not just in the black community, but also it's happening now in the white community as well, is because women are more economically self-sufficient.

Moore had a separate but equal approach to viewing the country's economic conditions, and he really sounded the alarm when he believed the "white community" was also falling victim to uppity women. Claiming that all men can provide to a family is a steady paycheck is regressive and offensive. There's also no evidence that Moore cared to address or even consider the role racism played in why black men were earning less. Instead, he targeted the women who were holding everything together.

So, yeah, diagnosis: Asshole. And Moore didn't improve matters any when he recently tried to "clarify" his views.

MOORE: The biggest problem I see in the economy over the last 25 years is what has happened to male earnings, for black males and white males as well. They've been declining. That is, I think, a big problem. I want everybody's wages to rise, of course. People are talking about women's earnings. They've risen.

Sure, women's earnings have risen since the glory days of "Friends," but they've still not caught up to what men -- especially white males -- earn. Where did this guy learn to economic? Moore's grossness has led to a slow but steady defection by Republicans. Mitt Romney has stated that he wants non-partisans on the Fed and Moore is as partisan as an elephant wearing a MAGA hat. Richard Shelby... from Alabama isn't even a lock. He's worried about the "drip by drips" reveals of Moore's awfulness. Joni Ernst straight up said she's "not enthused" about supporting Moore.

ERNST: Look at his writings! I'm not enthused. I'm a woman.

Moore has written in support of abolishing child labor laws and getting kids working as early as 11 or 12. (Presumably, boys would make more than girls in the coal mines.) After Charlottesville, he wrote a "both sides" column that basically blamed liberals for causing a commotion and not just "ignoring" Nazis. He also shared the following "joke" in public.

MOORE: By the way, did you see, there's that great cartoon going along? A New York Times headline: 'First Thing Donald Trump Does as President Is Kick a Black Family Out of Public Housing,' and it has Obama leaving the White House. I mean, I just love that one. Just a great one.

Yeah, we're surprised Tim Scott hasn't shook his damn head and pulled the plug himself, like previous awful racist Trump picks. Maybe he's leaving this particular chore to Ernst. Regardless, Moore needs to go away forever. The White House said yesterday that it's reviewing his past writings to confirm if Moore is just too much of a typical Trump supporter to actually nominate for the Fed.

[NYTimes]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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