GOP Senator Says Nancy Pelosi is ‘Retarded’ — Then Blames Autocorrect For His Use of the Slur

Sen. Kevin Cramer has apologized for a now-deleted tweet that was sent from his official account earlier this week that called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “retarded,” blaming his phone’s auto-correct for the mishap.

The North Dakota Senator was referring to a tweet that was sent out from his verified account on Tuesday night that read: “She’s retarded.” The reply came in response to a tweet posted by The Daily Caller that shows footage of remarks Pelosi made about coronavirus stimulus legislation that lawmakers were working to get passed earlier this week.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, which captured a screenshot of Cramer’s post, the tweet had been removed from the senator’s account roughly ten minutes after it was first posted.

Cramer told the Forum News Service, under which the Herald operates, that he had initially intended to write, “She’s ridiculous.” But he said his phone auto-corrected the text instead.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, Cramer denied using the offensive term, saying: “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 continued.

However, some have casted doubt on his auto-correct explanation.

Kylie Oversen, chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and a former state senator, told the Forum News Service she doesn’t think there is “a shot” Cramer “is telling the truth.”

“I have no idea why anyone would use that word, let alone a sitting U.S. senator. It’s offensive and hurtful and unacceptable,” Oversen told the news service, while also claiming that his phone wouldn’t have auto-corrected his text to the offensive term unless he used the word often.

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