A national pay television presenter repeated a word the president uses to describe the elected representative responsible for ensuring the Democratic Party passes legislation in the House.
CNBC has taken a page from the Oval Office in describing the extreme behavior of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Mad Money” host Jim Cramer used a live interview to question the Democrat about her reluctance to reach an agreement with the Republican Party about the value of the next CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus stimulus package.
The Democrats have repeatedly rejected the Trump administration’s $1.3 trillion offer to struggling businesses and people affected by the government lockdowns that were implemented to help contain the deadly disease. They have also indicated they would rather have nothing instead of settling for less than the $2.2 trillion they seek.
Cramer tried to use the president’s words to attract a reaction from Pelosi.
“Three days ago you told CNN you were optimistic about a deal, really? I thought I would take that right off the table,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “You have [White House chief of staff] Mark Meadows going to say you were the skunk at the party, he has got in the way between you, and I think Secretary [Steven] Mnuchin, what deal can we have ‘crazy’ Nancy?'”
However, Pelosi was not amused at all about once again being called wild and aggressive. Cramer quickly back pedalled and clarified it was the president who called her crazy.
“I am sorry that was the president,” he said. “I have such reverence for the office [Speaker], I would never use that term but it is hard not to … Oh come on, you know what I mean. The reverence I have for the office is so great that I think it is a travesty to ever call [you that].”
Pelosi seized on Cramer’s moment of weakness and repeatedly said he indeed called her crazy. She even admitted she understood exactly why the host described her in that manner.
“But you just did but you just did, I know what you mean,” she said.
She then took the opportunity to accuse President Donald Trump of being crazy.
“Anything the president says is a projection of his own insecurities,” she said. “He calls other people crazy because he knows he is, because … he knows his own shortcomings. He is a master of projections, so anytime he says anything you say, ‘Uh oh! That is what he is thinking of himself.'”
Cramer has since suffered significant viewer backlash on social media, and he vigorously defended his actions.
“I guess no one listened to the entire interview—especially the end where Jim Cramer clearly and emphatically said he was joking and apologized to the speaker and she accepted,” he said on Twitter.
He believes anyone who was offended should watch the entire interview for the full context.
“Did anyone bother to listen to the whole interview?” he said on Twitter. “It was about how horrendous it is that the president calls Speaker Pelosi ‘crazy Nancy’ … the people criticizing me must not have realized the point.”