Mika Brzezinski Apologized for Calling Mike Pompeo a 'Butt Boy,' But She Didn't Apologize to Him...
On Friday, MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski apologized for calling Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "butt boy," but she seemed to focus her apology on everyone but Pompeo and President Donald Trump, who had criticized her for using the term.
"I wanted to address a term that I used on this show on Wednesday that was vulgar. I knew it right away and I tweeted that it was a terrible choice of words and that I was sorry," Brzezinski began. "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," the co-host added. "It was a mistake. My father would have found it so unbecoming and disrespectful, and he would have told me."
Brzezinski finished the apology without a single reference to the man she had attacked, Mike Pompeo. "But I just wanted to say, on camera, looking the viewers straight in the eye, I am really, really sorry," she said.
The co-host had slammed Pompeo for his repeated defense of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the New York Post reported. The CIA concluded that the crown prince ordered the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who had criticized the Saudi regime.
"I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care," Brzezinski said. "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? I’m dead serious. I’m asking, Are these the words of a patriot?"
The co-host originally apologized after photographer G.E. Anderson attacked her use of the term "butt boy" as demeaning to the LGBT community. "I was with you, [Mika Brzezinski], right up to the 'butt boy' comment. Try 'toadie' or 'lackey' or 'stool pigeon' or 'ass kisser,' or 'traitor,' but maybe don't equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia," Anderson tweeted.
"Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words," the co-host responded, retweeting the comment. "I should have said 'water boy' ... like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to [Senator Durbin] too! SO SORRY!"
President Trump himself jumped into the fray, tweeting, "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...." He predicted the co-host would be "given a pass."