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Conservatives Rally Around Stephen Moore After 3.2% GDP Growth Report

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Conservative leaders and organizations rallied around President Donald Trump's Federal Reserve nominee Stephen Moore on Friday after the U.S. Commerce Department announced the gross domestic product increased at a 3.2 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2019.

Moore, an economic commentator and former Trump campaign adviser, came under scrutiny earlier this week when some pieces he wrote for National Review resurfaced. CNN published a piece quoting some of Moore's articles, which portrayed him as sexist. Moore wrote college basketball games should be places where "men can take vacation from women." He also joked that women should be banned from beer vending, refereeing, and announcing sports events.

"This was a spoof. I have a sense of humor," Moore told CNN's KFile in the piece.

While Democrats have voiced their opposition to Moore being a nominee for the Federal Reserve, several conservatives have taken to Twitter to praise Moore, including Forbes Media's Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes, the Job Creators Network, and FreedomWorks.

"Congrats to President @realDonaldTrump, @larry_kudlow and @StephenMoore for making America grow again. 3.2% growth shows regulatory reform and cutting taxes. #Trumponomics is working for the American people," Forbes tweeted.

"A lot of the economists like Larry Summers and Paul Krugman and others said that there's no way that Donald Trump can get us to 3 to 4 percent growth," Moore told FOX Business's Stuart Varney on Monday.

Several former female colleagues of Moore also voiced their support of his nomination on Thursday, saying he should not be rebuked for his sense of humor, adding he will bring a "much-needed different perspective to the Federal Reserve."