“I don’t think it’s going to come to that,” Mr. Moore said. “I think most fair-minded people think this has been kind of a sleaze campaign against me.”
The president latched onto Mr. Moore for the Fed shortly after reading an opinion column in which Mr. Moore criticized the central bank for raising interest rates last year and called for lower rates to stop what Mr. Moore called “deflation” in commodity prices. But at the time of the announcement, Mr. Moore had not been formally vetted, and Mr. Trump has been waiting for the vetting process to run its course before making a formal nomination.
Mr. Moore, for his part, has tried to keep the debate over his possible nomination focused on economics. But that has been frequently overshadowed by revelations from his past, including a $75,000 federal tax lien filed against him in Maryland and findings by a Virginia judge that he was in contempt of court for not paying more than $330,000 in alimony, child support and other payments to his former wife after their divorce was completed in 2011.
The controversy surrounding Mr. Moore’s impending nomination ballooned after his views, particularly those he shared in opinion pieces he wrote, surfaced this month. In the early 2000s, he said in a television interview that “the male needs to be the breadwinner” in America and blamed the “decline of the family” on the rising economic self-sufficiency of women. He expressed similar sentiments in a 2014 column, warning of possible social consequences if women were to earn more than men. Mr. Moore has also called, in what he says were humor columns, for women to be barred from announcing or officiating men’s college basketball games, unless they were as attractive as the sports reporter Bonnie Bernstein.
“Here’s the rule change I propose,” he wrote. “No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer vendors, no women anything. There is, of course, an exception to this rule. Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein.”
In 2016, shortly after Mr. Trump’s election, Mr. Moore paused in a policy speech to tell his audience about a racist illustration that depicted Mr. Trump and former President Barack Obama, which Mr. Moore said bore the headline “First Thing Donald Trump Does as President Is Kick a Black Family Out of Public Housing.”
“I just love that one,” Mr. Moore said.
A White House spokeswoman said Monday that the Trump administration was reviewing Mr. Moore’s writings.