Trump Says Jim Cramer’s ‘Crazy Nancy’ Comment Was Appropriate And He Shouldn’t Apologize

CNBC host Jim Cramer took a lot of heat for calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by the pejorative nickname President Donald Trump uses for her Tuesday. Now that he’s apologized, Donald Trump says this is “pandering” and that he was right to speak rudely to a guest he was interviewing.

Donald Trump says "Crazy Nancy" is appropriate to call house speaker
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Jim Cramer was speaking to Nancy Pelosi about a stimulus plan, when he asked, “What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?” He immediately backtracked, saying, “I’m sorry, that was the president, I have such reverence for the office I would never use that term.”

There has been public backlash, and Cramer says he’s sorry, but suggested he was just misunderstood — “I made a very stupid comment. It was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to make a point about the harsh tone of the negotiations in Washington but it fell completely flat and I apologize for that.”

Though his apology was more for his attempt at humor than for the rude term, Donald Trump jumped to defend Cramer’s words, and suggest that any apology was the real mistake.

Meanwhile, in many tweets, Cramer defended his statement, explaining repeatedly that he intended it as a criticism of Trump for calling Pelosi “Crazy Nancy,” and meant it as a way of asking how a deal can get made when that type of name-calling and mistreatment is being normalized.

Donald Trump is known for creating disparaging nicknames for those he sees as political enemies, especially women who hold powerful positions. He did not indicate that he recognized Jim Cramer’s intention as critical of him, rather than of Nancy Pelosi.

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