Fox News Strongly Condemns Jeanine Pirro's Remarks About Ilhan Omar's Hijab

Fox News Strongly Condemns Jeanine Pirro's Remarks About Ilhan Omar's Hijab

Top Democratic presidential candidates came to Omar's defence amid the accusations of anti-Semitism and calls to reprimand the Muslim-American lawmaker for her criticism of Israel, MEE reported last week.

But, she tweeted, "It is important to distinguish between criticizing a military action by a government and attacking a particular people of faith. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?"

How did Fox News respond?

Stressing that anti-Israel sentiments are not a part of the Democratic Party's platform, Pirro suggested that a deeper loyalty than party loyalty might be at work in Omar.

On her show, Pirro noted that the Minnesota representative wears a hijab in apparent conformity to a directive in the Quran.

Omar has drawn the ire of some members of Congress and members of her own party for comments she made about Israel.

"Jeanine Pirro should be fired, and Fox News should apologize to its viewing audience".

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"No one's commitment to our Constitution should be questioned due to their faith or country of birth", Omar tweeted, after Fox released a statement saying "we strongly condemn" Pirro's stance on the issue.

Pirro, in her own statement, said she did not call Omar un-American.

In its condemnation, Fox said Pirro's views "do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly".

Omar ignited the wave of outrage last week when she said at a town hall meeting in Washington that she wanted to discuss the political influence that pushes for "allegiance to a foreign country", referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a major pro-Israel lobby group.

"Of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don't support the Constitution", she said.

According to her website, Omar advocates "a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis" while calling for "uplift [ing] the voices of Palestinians demanding an end to the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and end the siege of Gaza". "The hijab is not the issue, her anti-Semitism is", said Dillon. "The liberal and racially diverse 5th Congressional District was previously represented by state Attorney General Keith Ellison, who in 2006 made history as the first Muslim elected to Congress".

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