President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE on Thursday attacked MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski for making a homophobic comment this week in reference to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoTo advance democracy, defend Taiwan and Ukraine Haley has 'positive' meeting with Trump No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump MORE, alleging a media double standard for the “Morning Joe” host.
“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 tweeted. “She will probably be given a pass, despite their terrible ratings.”
Trump also praised U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell “having the courage” to criticize Brzezinski for her comments.
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
....She will probably be given a pass, despite their terrible ratings. Congratulations to @RichardGrenell, our great Ambassador to Germany, for having the courage to take this horrible issue on!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
The morning show host had blasted Pompeo on air on Wednesday for remarks he made during a Fox News interview about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, questioning whether the top diplomat is acting as “a wannabe dictator's butt-boy.”
Brzezinski’s comments drew condemnation on social media and she later apologized for the remark in a Twitter post, saying she used a “SUPER BAD choice of words.”
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
Grenell, who is openly gay, then suggested that her apology was not enough.
accepting apologies is important. We all fail. But I don’t see that you’ve actually apologized to gays? Your words demean, mock and therefore try to control whole groups by minimizing our humanity. @morningmika https://t.co/whNqjHYjfn— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 12, 2018
Brzezinski, along with her co-host and husband Joe Scarborough, have had a tumultuous relationship with Trump, becoming staunch critics of the president months after hosting the onetime business mogul for several interviews during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
In a June 2017 tweet, Trump accused the “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” of showing up to his Mar-a-Lago club in late 2016 while “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
The comments drew widespread backlash, but Trump never apologized.
Updated at 1 p.m.