President Trump attacked MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski on Thursday for using a homophobic slur on the air and tweeted that if a conservative person had said it, "that person would be banned permanently from television".
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.
With the MSNBC host already apologizing for calling the former congressman a "wannabe dictator's butt boy", Trump finally got around to defending him. I'm dead serious, I'm asking.
Brzezinski's misstep is similar to equating Trump and Putin's potential collusion to homosexuality, and just as wrong.
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Facing the heat, Brzezinski tried to apologize on her Twitter account, saying that implying a pederasty relationship was a "SUPER BAD choice of words" and that she should have called the secretary of state a "water boy" instead.
Richard Grenell, who is President Trump's ambassador to Germany and openly gay, weighed in on the controversy, tweeting: "Outrageous".
Brzezinski asked, "Is that a patriot speaking? I should have said "water boy"... like for football teams or something like that", Brzezinski tweeted in response. "Sexualizing gay people this way is created to control them & minimize our worth".
"I knew it right away, and I tweeted that it was a bad choice of words and that I was sorry", she added, according to Deadline. "But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now?" Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called it a "rogue operation".
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Brzezinski eventually expressed regret on Twitter, but many industry watchdogs didn't feel her apology was sufficient.
"I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care", she said.
Even Donald Trump Jr. swooped in - not to champion gay rights, but to make a comparison to comedian Kevin Hart, who was forced out as Oscars host after some old homophobic tweets resurfaced. "Give me a break!"
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