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Lindsey Graham Apologizes for Pelosi Joke; 'It Was in Bad Taste'

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 08:06 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham apologized Tuesday for an attempt at humor at the expense of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that Graham admitted was in poor taste.

It all started when Pelosi, a California Democrat, said she was "near tears" and "saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States" after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress that the Obama administration is wrong to seek a nuclear deal with Iran.

Graham, a South Carolina Republican, took note of Pelosi's reaction throughout Netanyahu's speech.

A Bloomberg View report on the speech said that Graham attended a private fundraiser afterward in which he "pointed to Pelosi’s behavior as evidence that a Republican majority is better for those who support Israel."

"Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor? Complete disgust," Bloomberg said one attendee heard Graham say. "If you can get through all the surgeries, there's disgust."

The Huffington Post reported on the comment with a headline reading, " Lindsey Graham Just Took A Cheap, Sexist Shot At Nancy Pelosi."

Graham appeared on Fox News Channel's "Special Report" later to discuss Netanyahu's speech, and host Bret Baier asked Graham if he said it.

"I don't know exactly what I said, but I will assume that that is accurate and apologize because two wrongs don't make a right," Graham said. "What I was trying to react to is her behavior in front of the prime minister. I thought it was way over the top."

He admitted, however, "my attempt at humor was poor. It was in bad taste. And if it offends her, and I'm sure it does, I apologize."

The Huffington Post asked Pelosi's office for comment, and was directed to a tweet by Democrat Rep. James Clyburn:

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