WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- CNBC’s Jim Cramer apologized Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for calling her “crazy Nancy” to her face during a live interview.
- “What deal can we have, crazy Nancy?” he said during the interview.
- The host was interviewing Pelosi on negotiations on a relief bill for those affected financially by the pandemic.
CNBC host Jim Cramer apologized Tuesday evening after he shocked viewers earlier that morning when he called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” to her face during a live interview.
The fast-talking host pressed Pelosi on the ongoing discussions on Capitol Hill on coronavirus relief bills. Cramer raised eyebrows when he addressed Pelosi using President Donald Trump’s nickname for the speaker.
“What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy,” Cramer said before catching himself. “That was the president, I have such reverence for the office I would never use that term.”
“But you just did,” Pelosi said matter-of-factly.
“You know what I mean, the reverence I have for the office is so great that I think it’s a travesty to ever call, look, you’re,” Cramer, aware he made a major mistake, said before Pelosi interrupted.
Pelosi said, “I know what you mean,” before criticizing Trump for giving her the nickname.
There was no immediate comment from neither CNBC nor Pelosi’s office.
Cramer’s name began trending on Twitter as clips of the exchange circulated online with actress Suzanne Cryer, calling for the host to be fired.
On his program “Mad Money,” Cramer addressed the controversy he stirred on the morning program.
“Earlier today, when I talked to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on ‘Squawk on the Street,’ I made a very stupid comment,” Cramer told his viewers. “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.
He continued, “As I said immediately after the comment, I want to make it clear that I have an incredible amount of respect for both the Speaker and, of course, the office she holds.”
Cramer also turned to Twitter in an attempt to defend himself from critics.
“It disgusts me that she is called ‘crazy Nancy.’ She has spent her whole life in public services. My critics didn’t listen to why i mentioned it-because it is horrifying,” Cramer tweeted.
“Did anyone bother to listen to the whole interview? It was about how horrendous it is that the president calls Speaker Pelosi Crazy Nancy. It is so unfortunate and ill-advised. The people criticizing me must not have realized the point! NEVER should she be called that.”
#FireJimCramer now trends on Twitter.
Source: Fox News