Fox News Channel condemns host Jeanine Pirro’s remarks about Ilhan Omar’s hijab

Sergio Cunningham
March 12, 2019

"I've seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night's show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American", Pirro said in her own statement. Pirro asked Satuday night.

One of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress, Omar is an outspoken progressive whose politics and personal story have drawn wide notice.

"We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar", network executives said in their short statement. Some have accused her of peddling anti-Semitic tropes while others have viewed her comments as legitimate criticisms of USA foreign policy.

On her Fox News show Saturday, Pirro suggested without evidence that Omar - the first Somali-American and one of the first of two Muslim women elected to Congress - is not committed to upholding USA laws because, among other things, she wears an Islamic headscarf. "They want to have her on the air spewing this venom all the time, but they also want to keep just enough distance so advertisers don't get uncomfortable". "They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly", the network said.

"Neither host is apologizing for the offensive things they've said, and in some ways, that's a problem for Fox in both cases", Stelter replied.

Pirro questioned whether Omar's wearing a hijab indicated her adherence to Sharia law.

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Jeanine Pirro, a legal pundit for the United States news channel, also accused the Somali-American congresswoman of being anti-Israel and a believer in sharia law, The Independent reported.

Omar, in a tweet, thanked Fox for the statement, saying no one should question a person's commitment to the Constitution because of a person's faith or country of origin.

On her show, Pirro noted that the Minnesota representative wears a hijab in apparent conformity to a directive in the Quran.

In a statement of her own, Pirro said her "intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don't support the Constitution".

Pirro was called out on Twitter by a fellow Fox News Channel employee who is Muslim. "You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself". Fox News associate producer Hufsa Kamal tweeted.

President Trump was right when he said the democrat party is now the anti-Israel party.

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