MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski apologizes for homophobic comment

Cristina Cross
December 15, 2018

On Wednesday, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "wannabe dictator's butt boy" after he deflected questions concerning the near-certain involvement of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing on Fox & Friends, per Business Insider.

"Photographer and writer G.E. Anderson tweeted, "[email protected] just asked if Mike Pompeo is a 'wannabe dictator's butt boy, ' as homophobic a term as I've heard on national morning television. "I'm asking, are these the words of a patriot?"

MSNBC is declining to comment on the president's tweets.

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Brzezinski apologized on Twitter, saying she used a "SUPER BAD choice of words" and that she instead should have gone with "water boy" to describe Pompeo.

Richard Grenell, who is President Trump's ambassador to Germany and openly gay, weighed in on the controversy, tweeting: "Outrageous".

If Trump is accurate that Brzezinski will get a pass, it's a drastic difference compared to the way NBC News handled now-former host Megyn Kelly's infamous "blackface" comment. "Is that a patriot speaking?" she wondered of Pompeo's interview on "Fox & Friends" from earlier in the day. "Sexualizing gay people this way is created to control them & minimize our worth". The direct evidence, this is what I've said before, the direct evidence isn't yet available.

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Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski did not appear on the show on December 13 due to a "long-planned family event". "I should have said "water boy"... like for football teams or something like that", Brzezinski tweeted in response. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called it a "rogue operation".

"I knew it right away, and I tweeted that it was a awful choice of words and that I was sorry", she added, according to Deadline. He doesn't care. But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now?

Brzezinski immediately went on to issue an apology for the remarks.

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"I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things", Reid told her viewers, adding, "The person I am now is not the person I was then". "Give me a break!"

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