Mika Brzezinski apologizes for describing Mike Pompeo as 'butt boy'

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The "Morning Joe" co-host apologized on Wednesday for using the homophobic slur when condemning Pompeo's recent comments to Fox News regarding Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

She said it sounded like Pompeo was carrying water for a "wanna-be dictator", using a cruder term. Khashoggi was a foe of the crown prince's.

Trump slammed Brzezinski for the comment on Thursday, calling her "crazed" and dissing her for contributing to "terrible ratings".

She also questioned whether Pompeo is a true, red, white and blue-blooded American. I should have said "water boy". like for football teams or something like that. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too!

Brzezinski's misstep is similar to equating Trump and Putin's potential collusion to homosexuality, and just as wrong. "But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now?"

"This is bad. Will require more from Brzezinski than a Twitterpology", tweeted David Folkenflik, a media correspondent for NPR.

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The Islamist movement has controlled the Gaza Strip since forcing out Abbas's forces in 2007, with the two at loggerheads since. United States peace envoy Jason Greenblatt said in a Twitter message that the baby's death was "absolutely heart-breaking".

Photographer and writer G.E. Anderson suggested other phrasing: "I was with you, @morningmika, right up to the "butt boy" comment". Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called it a "rogue operation".

Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who is openly gay, tweeted back to Brzezinski that he didn't think her apology did enough to directly address the LGBT community.

The mounting controversy caught the eye of the president's son Donald Trump Jr. who, rather than making a point about homophobia, drew a comparison with comedian Kevin Hart, who withdrew from hosting the Oscars last week, after old homophobic tweets and jokes were unearthed.

Afterward, she apologized via Twitter, saying it was a "SUPER BAD choice of words". "And something they would never do for a Fox opinion host is. stand up when people try to boycott, or stand up when people call for firings". "And I'm dead serious".

Brzezinski's remark is hardly the first instance when critics of Donald Trump have used homophobic biases to target him or his policies.