After a panel discussion with Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin Wednesday, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a "wannabe dictator’s butt boy." The comment earned swift backlash for its homophobic undertones and prompted an apology from Brzezinski — though not to Pompeo.
Brzezinski made the slur while complaining about remarks Pompeo made on "Fox & Friends" about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
"Why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now?" Brzezinski asked. "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?"
Following outrage that ensued online, Brzezinski apologized to Sen. Durbin, but not to the man she made the remark about.
"Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words," Brzezinski tweeted. "I should have said 'water boy'... like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too! SO SORRY!"
Fox News' Brian Flood reported that MSNBC has refused to respond to comment about whether the network plans to take any disciplinary action against Brzezinski.
Here are some notable reactions to Brzezinski's remarks: