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MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski is in the hot seat after using homophobic language to describe US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during "Morning Joe", the nationally televised show she hosts with her husband, Joe Scarborough.

Twitter user G.E. Anderson tweeted that he was "with" Brzezinski until the "butt boy" comment.

"Why doesn't Mike Pompeo care right now?"

Mika Brzezinski had to quickly apologize after referring to Mike Pompeo as a "wannabe dictator's butt boy" on Morning Joe Wednesday.

With the MSNBC host already apologizing for calling the former congressman a "wannabe dictator's butt boy", Trump finally got around to defending him. I'm dead serious. I'm asking: "Are these the words of a patriot?"

Brzezinski had at least one high-profile supporter: Fox's Sean Hannity, who said she had made a "pretty bad choice of words". I should have said "water boy". like for football teams or something like that. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too!

"I knew it right away, and I tweeted that it was a awful choice of words and that I was sorry", she added, according to Deadline.

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"Outrageous", Grenell wrote Wednesday after Brzezinski's comment went viral.

Trump took to Twitter to criticise Brzezinski.

"She will probably be given a pass, despite their bad ratings. Sexualizing gay people this way is created to control them & minimize our worth". "I think this is what the president said yesterday". Brzezinski didn't offer a direct apology to the LGBT community for using the homophobic slur, she did make a direct apology to Sen.

Mika Brzezinski is not appearing on Morning Joe Thursday - she's taking a pre-planned day off.

The "Morning Joe" co-host's slur came during a time when people have been digging into celebrities' social media histories trying to find homophobic tweets or other offensive comments that are literally years old.

Donald Trump, Jr., called out the double standard of MSNBC's lack of response to date in contrast to the recent Oscar controversy, tweeting out: "This is disgusting!"