Republicans want Trump to abandon Federal Reserve Board nominee Herman Cain, the failed 2012 GOP presidential hopeful who has been credibly accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.
Herman Cain's appointment to the Federal Reserve Board is in doubt, with numerous Republican senators voicing concern over his nomination to the powerful position that has control over U.S. monetary policy, Politico reported on Tuesday.
Trump inexplicably announced that he was nominating Cain to the position last week, despite the fact that Cain settled multiple sexual harassment claims from women who used to work with Cain at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
Another woman who worked at the association, Sharon Bialek, said Cain groped her at a dinner in 1997.
"He said, 'You want a job, right?" Bialek said. Then Cain reached under her skirt, "toward my genitals," and pushed her head toward his crotch.
The credible allegations of harassment and assault were revealed during Cain's failed bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination — so they have long been known.
Yet Trump — who himself has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault and who even admitted such in the grotesque "Access Hollywood" tape that emerged during the 2016 campaign — chose Cain for the position anyway.
And while you'd think Republican concerns over Cain would stem from his sexual predation, you'd be wrong.
Rather, Senate Republicans are painting their unease with Cain's nomination as concern over his qualifications and the fact that, as a Trump ally and founder of the pro-Trump group America Fighting Back, he'd politicize the Federal Reserve Board.
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, who beat Cain in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, told Politico that he feared that Cain would "turn the Federal Reserve into a more partisan entity."
"I think that would be the wrong course," Romney said.
Another unnamed Senate Republican told Politico: "Do you seriously want a guy on the Fed that has a whole organization, the only purpose of it is to encourage Republicans to do whatever the president says he’d like you to do?"
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also declined to endorse Cain when asked about his nomination during a press availability on Tuesday.
"Well, we’re going to look at whoever he sends up and once he does we’ll take a look at it," McConnell said, not commenting on Cain's sexual predation problems.
According to Politico, Cain's nomination hasn't been officially sent to the Senate.
An FBI background check into Cain is also pending. It's not difficult to imagine the FBI report coming back with some seriously problematic findings, given Cain's multiple settlement payouts for sexual harassment.
But Trump is not backing down from his nomination, at the moment.
And given that Senate Republicans have often expressed "concern" over Trump nominees only to turn around and vote for them anyway, it's not hard to see a situation in which Cain makes it onto the Federal Reserve Board.
Because for the GOP, loyalty to Trump is priority No. 1.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.