In questioning whether Stephen Moore and Herman Cain were among the “best two people” President Donald Trump could select to fill two open seats on the Federal Reserve Board, CNN’s Jake Tapper drew on old allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior leveled against Cain.
In a segment Sunday on “State of the Union” featuring Larry Kudlow, the head of the National Economic Council, Tapper went so far as to play a clip of one of the women who accused Cain.
This coming after the debacle known as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and the campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden — it seems the weaponization of the #MeToo movement remains in full force.
“You know you’ll face questions about this,” Tapper stated. “Herman Cain dropped out of the 2012 race because of numerous sexual harassment allegations, multiple women. He denies them all. I want you to take a listen to one of the accusers.”
He then played a clip of one of the women — women who went back from whence they came after Cain withdrew from the 2012 presidential race, not to be heard from again.
“There are at least four women who have allegations like this,” Tapper added. “Again, Cain denies they’re true, but doesn’t this trouble you?”
Kudlow wasn’t about to let Tapper be the arbitrator of whether Cain was a deserving choice.
“We are going through a vetting process in the White House,” he said. “I’m sure the Senate Banking Committee will do likewise.
“There’s big disputes here,” Kudlow continued, speaking of the complaints. “Mr. Cain disagrees with this point of view. I’m not going to litigate that here.”
He also noted there’s a very toxic atmosphere in Washington, D.C., especially today, which prompted Tapper to counter that they have never had complaints made about them.
“That’s true. We’re on the road to heaven. No question about it,” Kudlow said, heavy on the sarcasm.
“We’ve seen — whether it’s Supreme Court justices or many other things, we’ve seen a lot of charges here. They don’t necessarily pan out,” he added, before steering back to policy.
“Again, let me make this generic point on behalf of the president and Mr. Cain and Mr. Moore,” Kudlow said. “A 3.8 percent unemployment rate, which is fabulous, an economy that’s growing at better than 3 percent — could do better even with tax cuts and deregulation.”
Cain graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University. He was a ballistics analyst for the U.S. Department of Navy and the former CEO of Godfather Pizza. Cain was also chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
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