Sen. Cramer faces backlash after tweet using "unacceptable" word

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is facing some criticism after using a derogatory term for people with mental disabilities.

He was tweeting in response to a Daily Caller video featuring Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Cramer says he was trying to say that Pelosi is ridiculous.

"I was literally typing with my thumbs 'she's ridiculous' and I sent it. Of course, when I saw what I posted I deleted it," Cramer told Inforum. A spokesman referred us to his comments in that article when we asked for comment.

"A few minutes later I went in and was doing another tweet, retweeting one of the president's tweets, and I saw it," Cramer said. "I thought 'what the hell' and deleted it."

"Calling her ridiculous, that's one thing," Cramer said, "but [the word he used], that's not acceptable.”

State Democrats are calling foul.

"The use of this word is hurtful, completely disrespectful, and there is no way that it was a mistake,” said Kylie Oversen, D-NPL Party chairwoman. “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."

Note: Your News Leader censored the tweet in the picture above. The original tweet spelled out the full word.