Fox News rarely makes negative statements about its television show hosts. When they do it has to be over a truly awful situation. Judge Jeanne Pirro’s comments about Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were over the top, and Fox “strongly condemns” the judge. That was just the first step in a step ladder of events.
Pirro condemned Omar for wearing an hijab. Then, she speculated whether the freshman representative’s dress meant she followed Sharia law. The judge followed that with a gangly leap of logic, saying that meant Omar was against the U.S. Constitution.
The judge’s comments about the immigrant and first Muslim woman in the House of Representatives verged on hate speech:
‘President Trump was right when he said the democrat party is now the anti-Israel party. Don’t forget Nancy, history has proven over and over when you appease to anti-Semitic sentiment, the worst happens
President Trump was right when he said the democrat party is now the anti-Israel party. Don’t forget Nancy, history has proven over and over when you appease to anti-Semitic sentiment, the worst happens. #OpeningStatement pic.twitter.com/vrnzhcu95o
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 10, 2019
Fox News condemned its host’s remarks and guaranteed that Pirro had been rebuked in a statement by a network representative:
‘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.’
After that, Omar graciously thanked the network. She added that “no one’s commitment to our Constitution” should turn on religion:
‘Thank you, @FoxNews. No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth.’
Pirro said in her earlier show that Omar’s faith could make her less loyal to the U.S.:
‘This is not who your party is. Your party is not anti-Israel, she is. Think about this. She is 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 is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?’
Apparently, Pirro had no idea that the producer for Special Report With Bret Baier, Hufsa Kamal, is a Muslim. Kamal tweeted:
@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx.’
Pirro released a statement, too. She refused to apologize, but did offer Omar a chance to come on her show, Justice. The judge said:
‘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. 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. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.’
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