Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski took to Twitter this morning to apologize for using a homophobic remark when criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his deflections on the Jamal Khashoggi killing during an interview.
During an interview on rival Fox & Friends, Pompeo was pressed on whether he believes Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, dodging the questions while ultimately saying the Saudi-American alliance needed to be preserved. Pompeo’s evasions set Brzezinski into an apoplectic rage.
Speaking with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) about Pompeo’s remarks, Brzezinski turned to co-host and new husband Joe Scarborough to ask for his thoughts. But not before she got some choice words out.
“I understand that Donald Trump doesn’t care,” she said. “But why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now?”
Mika continued, “Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on Fox & Friends — is that a patriot speaking? Or a wannabe dictator’s butt-boy?”
Right after she uttered the slur, the audio was cut briefly, indicating the control room tried to bleep her out but was not in time. Scarborough would go on to answer her question by saying Pompeo “debased himself.”
Shortly after the broadcast, Brzezinski tweeted out an apology in response to a viewer saying “maybe don’t equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia.”
Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words .. I should have said “water boy”… like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too! SO SORRY! https://t.co/zIqsGdK3Tk
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) December 12, 2018
“Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words,” Brzezinski wrote. “I should have said “water boy”… like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too! SO SORRY!”
MSNBC declined comment on Brzezinski’s remarks when we reached out this morning.
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