CNBC anchor Jim Cramer had quite the interview on Tuesday morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
While discussing the stalemate in Congress passing another coronavirus relief bill, the interview went off the rails when he took a line from President Donald Trump and called Pelosi “crazy Nancy” before immediately apologizing.
“Sorry, that was the president, I have such reverence for the office, I would never use that term,” Cramer insisted.
“But you just did,” Pelosi shot back.
Cramer again insisted that he didn’t mean to insult her, adding that “it’s a travesty to ever call” her that name considering her “whole life in public service.”
Asked by CNBC’s Jim Cramer if she’d be willing to pass a “skinny” deal now and reconvene with Republicans on outstanding issues later, Pelosi fired back that “there is no later with this administration.”
“This is the opportunity. And the skinny deal is a Republican bill: That’s not a deal at all,” Pelosi said on CNBC. “They’re making a skinny — in fact, Chuck Schumer and I call it an emaciated — proposal for a massive problem.”
“We can fiscally spend the appropriate amount of money to meet the needs of the American people,” she added. “And by the way: It’s stimulus. We are a consumer economy and the more we have, whether it’s food stamps or unemployment insurance … that is stimulus to the economy.”
At the end of the interview, Cramer again tried to amend the situation.
“You know I was being facetious when I used the term involving you,” he said. “I respect you. Anyone who gives their life to public service and is Speaker of the House should not be called that name. I don’t even want to use it again.” Pelosi reassured Cramer, telling him not to “worry about that” and to “let that be your biggest problem of the day.”
Stay classy, Jim Cramer.
He just called Nancy Pelosi, “Crazy Nancy” – to her face, during an interview. pic.twitter.com/pzQmCG6Cnb
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) September 15, 2020