Mika Brzezinski is trying very hard to extricate her foot from her mouth right about now.
But will it be enough to save her job?
The Morning Joe co-host is in boiling hot water at the moment after she used a homophobic remark to describe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on air.
Brzezinski was talking about Pompeo’s interview on cable news rival Fox & Friends, where the very high-level Cabinet member explained his view on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pompeo said that while the killing a "tragic incident" that the United States doesn’t approve of, the Saudis are still "an important ally" of this country.
Hence the lack of any action ordered against them by President Trump.
"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 Durbin.
She then got in trouble by adding out loud:
"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?"
That second line may be the best part:
Brzezinski was dead serious in wondering: Is Secretary of State Pompeo a wannabe dictator’s butt boy?!?
As you might imagine, Brzezinski garnered a whole lot of backlash for the use of this term, prompting a response and an apology on Twitter:
Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were among the President’s staunchest allies back in 2015 and 2016, around the time of the Republican primary.
They often interviewed the then-candidate.
But the hosts and the Commander-in-Chief have since had a major falling out, with Trump going off on Brzezinski last summer and sparking a bizarre social media feud.
Click on the above link to relive that rivaly and check out Mika’s "butt boy" comment here!