“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has apologized for referring to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo as “wannabe dictator” President Trump’s “butt boy.” During a segment discussing the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the MSNBC show Wednesday morning, Brzezinski questioned whether Pompeo’s comments were “the words of a patriot.” “I understand that Donald Trump doesn’t care. … He doesn’t care,” said Brzezinski. “But why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now? 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?” Critics were quick to point out the homophobic nature of the insult, and Brzezinski promptly apologized on Twitter for her “super bad choice of words.” (While sometimes referring to a person eager to please for personal gain, a “butt boy” is also understood as a derogatory term for gay men.) “I should have said ‘water boy’ like for football teams or something like that,” tweeted Brzezinski. “So Sorry!” And it’s not the first time Trump’s critics have been called out for relying on homophobic jokes in their efforts to mock the president.