Sean Hannity blasted MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski for making a homophobic comment during her show, but he also showed his long-time rival a bit of grace.
The feud between Hannity and the “Morning Joe” hosts has been well documented, particularly between him and Joe Scarborough. To say the three hosts have their disagreements is an understatement.
On Wednesday morning, Brzezinski caused many jaws to drop after she referred to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a “dictator’s butt boy.” MSNBC tried to censor the comment, but they were too late.
Several took to Twitter to condemn Brzezinski for using the homophobic slur.
I was with you, @morningmika, right up to the “butt boy” comment. 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.
— G.E. Anderson (@g_e_anderson) December 12, 2018
This is disgusting! How can @KevinHart4real essentially be forced to lose his Oscar’s gig for comments he made years ago as a comedian, but Mika can make a seriously homophobic slur on a major news station, have the network try to cover it up & its not an issue? Give me a break! https://t.co/dTaBMkJa7x
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 12, 2018
After the moment blew up, Brzezinski issued an apology on Twitter, but many felt it fell short.
Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words .. I should have said “water boy”… like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too! SO SORRY! https://t.co/zIqsGdK3Tk
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) December 12, 2018
accepting apologies is important. We all fail. But I don’t see that you’ve actually apologized to gays? Your words demean, mock and therefore try to control whole groups by minimizing our humanity. @morningmika https://t.co/whNqjHYjfn
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 12, 2018
Knowing Hannity’s relationship with Brezinski and Scarborough, it could be expected that he would take a victory lap at their expense, but the Fox News host delivered a different message about making mistakes.
“We’re consistent on this program. We don’t call for boycotts, we don’t call for firings of any kind. In fact, when Mika’s colleague, MSNBC host Joy Reid, when she was in hot water over a homophobic and conspiracy-filled blog that she had, we never called for her to be fired or for her show to be boycotted. People do make mistakes. People are not perfect. And I think we’re all human and I don’t believe anybody’s career, in my honest opinion, should be ruined over a stupid mistake.”
Hannity noted that he doesn’t think the “Morning Joe” hosts would have been as gracious had a Fox News host made the same comment, saying, “She’s no fan of mine, and neither is liberal Joe and I doubt they would do this for any opinion host here at Fox News.”
The Fox News host said that he doesn’t want to encourage the outrage against Brzezinski.
“It’s sad to see Trump derangement syndrome claim yet another victim,” said Hannity.
Although MSNBC has not commented fully on Brzezinski’s slur, she did not appear on “Morning Joe” on Thursday morning. Scarborough claimed the absence was for a family event.