Trump on Wednesday tweeted in support of CNBC host Jim Cramer, who one day earlier prompted a torrent of criticism after he called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “Crazy Nancy” to her face during a live TV interview.
“Jim, you didn’t make a mistake,” Trump tweeted, sharing a clip of Cramer’s apology. “It’s true, and that’s why you said it. No pandering!”
Pelosi (D-Calif.) was on CNBC on Tuesday morning to discuss the negotiations over a new round of coronavirus relief legislation. At one point in the interview, Cramer questioned Pelosi about a CNN interview days earlier in which she had said she was optimistic about the likelihood of a deal as talks between Trump administration officials and congressional Democrats remain stalled.
“Really?” Cramer said. “I mean, I thought I’d take it right off the table right this very minute. You’ve got [White House Chief of Staff] Mark Meadow[s] going and saying he was the skunk at the party. He didn’t really — you know, he’s gotten in the way between you and, I think, [Treasury] Secretary [Steven] Mnuchin. I mean, what deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?”
He then quickly added: “I’m sorry, I — that was the president. I have such reverence for the office, I would never use that term.”
“But you just did,” Pelosi said with a laugh. “But you just did.”
Later Tuesday, after several tweets defending his actions, Cramer apologized on his show “Mad Money” for using the phrase, which is also employed frequently by Trump.
“I made a very stupid comment,” he said. “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. . . . I have an incredible amount of respect for both the speaker and the office she holds.”
In one tweet, Cramer compared himself to Trump, writing: “you know what i love? the president goes unchecked, calls her Crazy forever. I call it as horrible and i am called out for doing so here. What a travesty. . .”