The hypocrisy was pointed out by Sarah Palin on Twitter, where she linked to an article with the tweet "MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski Uses Homophobic Slur on National TV, Network Tries to Cover It Up, Refuses to Punish Her".
"Try "toadie" or "lackey" or "stool pigeon" or 'ass kisser, ' or 'traitor, ' but maybe don't equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia", he wrote. 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?" she asked.
Radio host Larry O'Connor tweeted, "Mika Brzezinski (called Sec State "butt boy"), Alec Baldwin (called photographer "c***sucker"), Joy Reid (years of homophobic statements on her blog and Twitter), All employees in good standing at @nbc and @NBCNews".
"But please allow me to say this face to face: The term is crass and offensive and I apologize to everyone, especially the LGBTQ community, and to my colleagues, for using it".
"SUPER BAD choice of words". She apologized later that day, but Trump said the apology wouldn't be enough if she were conservative.
"She will probably be given a pass despite their awful ratings", Trump said.
Grenell, who is openly gay, also urged Brzezinski to apologize more directly. "Sexualizing gay people this way is created to control them & minimize our worth".
"I should have said "water boy"... like for football teams or something like that".
"I'm dead serious", she persisted.
Brzezinski's remark is hardly the first instance when critics of Donald Trump have used homophobic biases to target him or his policies.
Brzezinski made the comment on her show "Morning Joe" Wednesday morning and in response received backlash from U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, among others.