“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski apologized on Wednesday after dubbing secretary of state Mike Pompeo an aspiring “butt-boy” for Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
“SUPER BAD choice of words .. I should have said ‘water boy’ … like for football teams or something like that,” she later tweeted, while tagging Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin — who was on set at the time — to apologize to him too.
“SO SORRY!” she said in all caps on Twitter shortly after the show wrapped. MSNBC declined to offer additional comment.
The “buttboy” moment happened during the show’s final 30 minutes Wednesday, while the gang on set dissected an interview Pompeo gave to “Fox & Friends” that same morning. During his appearance, Pompeo defended Bin Salman and continued to insist — despite an avalanche of evidence to the contrary — that it was still not clear whether the Crown Prince was involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now?” Brzezinski demand. “Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on ‘Fox and Friends,’ is that a patriot speaking, or a wannabe dictator’s buttboy? I’m dead serious. I’m asking, are these the words of a patriot?”
“He’s debased himself,” Scarborough thundered in concurrence. Both hosts also offered praise for “Fox & Friends” for pressing Pompeo over Khashoggi.
Per usual, the “Morning Joe” set offered broad criticism of the Trump administration. Also Wednesday, Joe and Mika mocked the president’s public argument with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office Tuesday, calling Trump a “buffoon” and comparing him unfavorably to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“This is the type of wretched behavior that led to the Democratic landslide last month. There is no upside for Trump or his minions after that,” Brzezinski said. “Instead, Mr. Trump embarrassed himself. He weakened Republican’s hand in the budget talks and drove a wedge between himself and the Senate Republicans whose support he will need if he is impeached by the house.”
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! https://t.co/zIqsGdK3Tk
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) December 12, 2018