Fox News has publicly rebuked comments by host Jeanine Pirro, who suggested on her show Saturday that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Islamic religious beliefs may conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” Fox News said in a statement late Sunday. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Ms. Pirro sparked outrage over the weekend after she asked on her show if Ms. Omar’s adherence to the Quran was “indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Ms. Omar is a Somali-American and Muslim who wears a hijab in public. Ms. Pirro said in her opening monologue that “Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested.”
Her comments were widely condemned on the left and right, including by Hufsa Kamal, a producer on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
“@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough?” Ms. Kamal wrote. “You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx.”
Despite Fox News’ rebuke, Ms. Pirro defended her comments in her own statement Sunday night.
“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,” Ms. 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,” she said. “I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
Ms. Omar on Monday thanked Fox News for condemning the host’s comments.
“Thank you, @FoxNews,” the freshman Democrat tweeted. “No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth.
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