Mika Brzezinski was not on the air Thursday, a day after she caused a ruckus by referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a "butt boy." Her Morning Joe co-host—and husband—Joe Scarborough said Brzezinski was "off with her family, a long-planned family event," reports Mediaite. Her absence, though, seems to have only intensified the scrutiny on her over the remark seen as an anti-gay slur. President Trump, who has a history of enmity with the MSNBC hosts, joined the critics. Details:
- Trump: "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," the president wrote. "She will probably be given a pass, despite their terrible ratings." Trump also praised Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany, "for having the courage to take this horrible issue on!"
- Grenell: The ambassador, who is gay, said Brzezinski's initial reponse to the controversy, in which she acknowledged a "SUPER BAD choice of words," didn't cut it. "I don’t see that you’ve actually apologized to gays?" he wrote. "Your words demean, mock and therefore try to control whole groups by minimizing our humanity."