Donald Trump has accused Jim Cramer of pandering after the CNBC broadcaster apologized for calling Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” during a live interview with her.
Cramer had originally defended his comments as a criticism of the President but later issued an apology. Trump weighed in on Wednesday, predictably saying that Cramer was right the first time.
“Jim, you didn’t make a mistake. It’s true, and that’s why you said it. No pandering!” Trump tweeted.
Jim, you didn’t make a mistake. It’s true, and that’s why you said it. No pandering! https://t.co/64fFoZvMZc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2020
Cramer made the apology on Tuesday following controversy over his use of the nickname Trump has frequently deployed. He stressed he was trying to make a point about the discourse in Washington, D.C.
“I made a very stupid comment,” Cramer said.
“It was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to make a point about the harsh tone about the negotiations in Washington but it fell completely flat and I apologize for that.”
“What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?” Cramer had said while interviewing her about ongoing negotiations on a Coronavirus stimulus package. He walked back the remark almost immediately.
“I’m sorry—that was the president. I have such reverence for the office I would never use that term,” he said.
Sustained criticism led him to apologize to Pelosi but not before President Trump and his allies endorsed the comments.
Darragh Roche is a journalist covering U.S. politics and media