Fox News came out with a strong rebuke of one of its own hosts Sunday night, condemning comments made on the air by Jeanine Pirro. Pirro had suggested over the weekend that Rep. Ilhan Omar supports Sharia law in defiance of the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab, Politico reports.
In a statement, Fox News said: “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.”
Politico notes: “Pirro’s comments came on her weekly broadcast Saturday during a segment criticizing Omar, whose recent statements about Israel 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.).”
Pirro is quoted saying of Omar on her show: “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?”
Pirro offered her own statement on the incident Sunday night, but did not apologize.
“I did not call Rep. Omar un-American,” Pirro said in the statement, adding: “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.”