Fox News denounced remarks made by one of this popular hosts on Sunday night. The remarks denounced were made by Jeanine Pirro this weekend. She suggested that Rep. Ilhan Omar supports Sharia law in defiance of the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab.
“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said in a statement. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Pirro’s comments came on her weekly broadcast Saturday during a segment criticizing Omar. The Representative has made recent statements about Israel and they have provoked bipartisan repudiation and a House resolution condemning bigotry. Omar (D-Minn.) in 2018 became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
“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?” Pirro said. “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?” Pirro said.
Pirro refused to apologize in a statement Sunday night, insisting: “I did not call Rep. Omar un-American.”
She added: “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.”
Pirro’s remarks got swift rebukes Sunday on social media. Bret Stephens, the conservative New York Times columnist, called her “a disgrace” in a tweet.
“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,” Stephens wrote. “Anything less is un-American.”
Hufsa Kamal, who identifies herself online as a producer at Fox, 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.”