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Mika Apologizes for Her Pompeo Insult After Trump Targets Her on Twitter

'Morning Joe' co-host didn't ask for secretary of state's forgiveness, yet tried to make amends with LGBT community

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski finally apologized on Friday for using a homophobic slur against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday — although she left Pompeo entirely out of her apology.

Brzezinski criticized Pompeo during a segment over his reaction to the murder of The Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.

In particular, Brzezinski reacted to Pompeo’s interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that same day, in which he denounced the “tragic” murder but emphasized that Saudi Arabia is still “an important ally” of the U.S.

“The Saudis have already paid the price,” said Pompeo. “There are the folks who actually committed the murder — we’ve held accountable. We will continue to do that. No one underestimates how horrible this murder was.”

“I understand that [President] Donald Trump doesn’t care,” Brzezinski reacted. “But why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now?”

“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?” Brzezinski asked.

The “Morning Joe” co-host’s slur came during a time when people have been actively digging into celebrities’ social media histories trying to find any homophobic or otherwise offensive tweets that are literally years old.

As such, it was no surprise that social media users immediately decried Brzezinski’s homophobic slur.

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. @MSNBC tried and failed to censor it, and did not transcribe her remark in the closed captioning. #journalism.”

“I was with you, @morningmika, right up to the ‘butt boy’ comment. Try ‘toadie’ or ‘lackey’ or ‘stool pigeon’ or ‘a** kisser,’ or ‘traitor,’ but maybe don’t equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia,” Anderson added.

Even Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, called out Brzezinski on Twitter.

Grenell is openly gay.

“Outrageous. This is totally unacceptable & deeply disturbing. Sexualizing gay people this way is designed to control them & minimize our worth,” Grenell tweeted in response to Anderson’s tweet condemning Brzezinski.

After Brzezinski addressed the matter on Twitter on Wednesday, Grenell responded to that with, “Accepting apologies is important. We all fail. But I don’t see that you’ve actually apologized to gays? Your words demean, mock and therefore try to control whole groups by minimizing our humanity. @morningmika.”

Brzezinski had responded to Anderson’s tweet, writing, “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!”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had appeared on “Morning Joe” during the offending segment.

But Brzezinski directed no apology to Pompeo or to the LGBT community.

President Donald Trump also targeted Brzezinski on Twitter on Thursday, writing, “If it was a Conservative that said what “crazed” Mika Brzezinski stated on her show yesterday, using a certain horrible term, that person would be banned permanently from television … She will probably be given a pass, despite their terrible ratings.”

“Congratulations to @RichardGrenell, our great Ambassador to Germany, for having the courage to take this horrible issue on!” Trump added.

Brzezinski, who didn’t appear on “Morning Joe” on Thursday, formally apologized to the LGBT community and her network on Friday — but left Pompeo entirely out of it.

Related: Brzezinski Apologizes for Her ‘Wannabe Dictator’s Butt Boy’ Slur About Pompeo

“I want to get to something first. I was off yesterday for a family matter … but I wanted to address a term that I used on this show on Wednesday that was vulgar,” Brzezinski said.

“I knew it right away and I tweeted that it was a terrible choice of words and that I was sorry,” she added.

“But please allow me to say this face-to-face. The term is crass and offensive and I apologize to everyone, especially the LGBTQ community and to my colleagues for using it. It was a mistake,” Brzezinski added.

She then referenced her father, the late Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser during the Carter administration.

“My father would have found it so unbecoming and disrespectful and he would have told me. I will work hard to be better,” Brzezinski said. “But I just wanted to say on camera, looking the viewers straight in the eye, I am really, really sorry.”

Check out Brzezinski’s apology in the video below:

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