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Sen. Kevin Cramer on Pelosi’s Behavior at State of the Union: ‘That Was Very, Very, Very Odd’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 6, 2020 | 5:00pm EST
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Sen. Kevin Cramer (R.-N.D.) said on Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D.-Calif.) behavior during Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address was “very, very, very odd.”

CNSNews.com asked Cramer if he thought Pelosi’s behavior during the State of the Union was “appropriate.”

“No, certainly not,” said Cramer.

“And I don’t even just mean the tearing up the speech,” he said. “That was bizarre to say the least. It was definitely an exclamation mark. But her behavior through whole thing, I mean, it was just strange—the way she was fiddling with the papers, and she reorganized them all the time.

“I mean, what, there’s a speech going on right in front of you,” said Cramer. “And you know, sort of her, whatever she was doing, mumbling. It was very peculiar.”

Cramer, who served three terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2018, noted that he had been “pretty complimentary” of Pelosi since he had joined the Senate.

“Those of you who followed me this whole year, you know I’ve been pretty complimentary of her because I know how hard her job is,” Cramer said.

“But this has been weird, I have to admit,” he said. “This is a little more on her, I think, and a little less on AOC.  But particularly last night, that was very, very, very odd and, I suspect not well received by Democrats around the country.

Here is a transcript of Cramer’s exchange with CNSNews.com:

Terry Jeffrey: “Senator, do you think that Nancy Pelosi’s behavior last night in the State of the Union was appropriate for a speaker of the House?”

Sen. Kevin Cramer: “No, certainly not. And I don’t even just mean the tearing up the speech. That was bizarre to say the least. It was definitely an exclamation mark. But her behavior through whole thing, I mean, it was just strange—the way she was fiddling with the papers, and she reorganized them all the time. I mean, what, there’s a speech going on right in front of you. And you know, sort of her, whatever she was doing, mumbling. It was very peculiar.”

Jeffrey: “Do you think she planned to act that way—knowing that she would be on TV like that?”

Cramer: “By the way, it’s not dissimilar to how she acted last year. It’s just that this year she put the exclamation point on it by ripping up—I don’t know what it is. Those of you who followed me this whole year, you know I’ve been pretty complimentary of her because I know how hard her job is. But this has been weird, I have to admit. This is a little more on her, I think, and a little less on AOC.  But particularly last night, that was very, very, very odd and, I suspect not well received by Democrats around the country. But if it is--        

Jeffrey: They may not want to publicly criticize her but they do not find it becoming of their leader?

Cramer: “For sure. Yeah. I just don’t know how it could be. But, we’ll see. This is going to make a lot of—This’ll make some relationships stressed for a while.





 

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