US Sen. Cramer apologizes for offensive term about Pelosi

US Sen. Cramer apologizes for offensive term about Pelosi

From the North Dakota coronavirus news roundup of the week: March 22-28 series
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North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer apologized Wednesday for a late-night tweet in which he used an offensive term to describe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Cramer blamed autocorrect for the tweet, which he deleted soon after posting it Tuesday evening. The Republican senator was responding to a video clip on Twitter in which Pelosi, D-Calif., was being interviewed on the massive COVID-19 relief bill being negotiated in Congress.

The tweet read: “She's retarded."

Cramer said in an interview that he meant to type, “She's ridiculous,” and didn't notice what he actually tweeted until a few minutes later when he went to make another tweet.

“It’s a word I just don't apply to people. I can be pretty tough in my rhetoric, but that’s not a word I apply to people for really good obvious reasons.”

He added: “I'm really sorry it happened.”

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen condemned the language, which the party said is "considered damaging to people with disabilities and to common decency." 

"The use of this word is hurtful, completely disrespectful, and there is no way that it was a mistake," she said. "Either he used it intentionally or it is a word the senator uses often enough that his phone has it saved. It is entirely unacceptable for anyone, let alone an elected official, to use this word in any context."

Congressional negotiators finally struck a deal early Wednesday on a $2 trillion package after days of intense negotiations.

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