Brzezinski apologizes after backlash over homophobic remark about Pompeo

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski is apologizing after she used a homophobic remark to describe  Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoImpeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill Five takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong MORE Wednesday morning on "Morning Joe." 

Brzezinski was speaking about Pompeo's interview on cable news rival "Fox & Friends," where the secretary of State reiterated that while the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was a "tragic incident" that America doesn't approve of, the Saudis are still "an important ally" of the United States.

"I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care … But why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now?" Brzezinski asked during an interview with Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement Pentagon watchdog declines to investigate hold on Ukraine aid MORE (D-Ill.). "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?"

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Brzezinski's audio appeared to be cut right after the comment in an apparent attempt to bleep it.

She later apologized on Twitter after her comment went viral on social media, calling it a "super bad" choice of words.

"Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words," she wrote. "I should have said 'water boy'... like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too! SO SORRY!"

The blowback against Brzezisnki on social media was substantial.

Brzezinski, along with co-host and husband Joe Scarborough, have been among the network's staunchest critics of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE and his administration after enjoying a friendly relationship and conducting multiple interviews with the then-candidate throughout the 2015-2016 GOP primaries. Trump and the "Morning Joe" hosts had a major falling out after the real estate mogul clinched the Republican nomination in May 2016.