Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump and the U.S. ambassador to Germany after she used offensive language to describe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Brzezinski uttered the remark during a segment on Wednesday about the alleged culpability of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Istanbul, Turkey.
Brzezinski was criticizing Pompeo’s recent appearance on Fox News in which he avoided questions about Crown Prince Mohammed.
“Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard, when [Pompeo] appeared on ‘Fox & Friends,’ is that a patriot speaking, or a wannabe dictator’s butt boy?” Brzezinski asked. “Dead serious, I’m asking. Are these the words of a patriot?”
Brzezinski apologized later on Wednesday via Twitter, saying she used a “SUPER BAD choice of words.”
Brzezinski’s comments drew the attention Wednesday of Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, who is openly gay. Grenell noted that Brzezinski apologized but not to gay people.
“Your words demean, mock and therefore try to control whole groups by minimizing our humanity,” Grenell tweeted.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted that Brzezinski was not being held to the same standards as conservative commentators who have been criticized for homophobic rhetoric.