Fox News has condemned host Jeanine Pirro after she suggested Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) use of a hijab could be “indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution.”
“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” the network said in a statement.
The statement comes a day after Pirro attacked Omar for comments critics say are antisemitic:
“Your party is not anti-Israel, she is. Think about this. She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine “indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Fox host Jeanine Pirro says that Ilhan Omar's hijab may mean that she's against the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/yxGRVoYkQm
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 10, 2019
Critics have railed against Pirro since she made the remarks.
It's worth remembering that the last time Fox News publicly called out its talent, it was ALSO Jeanine Pirro, who appeared along with Sean Hannity at a Trump campaign rally in November 2018. https://t.co/wWWusCzSBD
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) March 11, 2019
Fox News: "we strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network & we have addressed the matter with her directly." Not good enough. She needs to be fired. So does Tucker Carlson/Hannity/Ingraham. Time for you to clean house.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 11, 2019
Fox host Jeanine Pirro says Rep Ilhan Omar's hijab means she's against US Constitution😑
•Will anyone on the Right condemn this blatant xenophobia?
•Per Pirro logic, are Catholic Nuns against US Constitution too b/c of their habits?🤔
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) March 10, 2019
Jeanine Pirro is a disgrace. Ilhan Omar's right to wear hijab in accordance with her religious convictions is as constitutional as an Orthodox Jewish woman's right to wear a sheitel. Anything less is un-American. https://t.co/O4fpTJujao
— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) March 10, 2019
Pirro has attempted to clarify her remarks.
“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. “My 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 said Omar is welcome “to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”