The following statements were provided to Townhall about the situation:
Statement from FOX News:
“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.”
Statement from Jeanine Pirro:
“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.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is now calling on Fox News to fire Pirro over her comments.
“Such an open and un-American expression of religious bigotry should be rejected by any media outlet seeking even a modicum of credibility,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement. “Jeanine Pirro should be fired, and Fox News should apologize to its viewing audience.”
The group is encouraging viewers to boycott Fox until the network fires Pirro.
During her Fox News show on Saturday, Judge Jeanine Pirro posed an interesting question about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): does she hold her allegiance to Sharia Law?
Sharia Law, also known as Islamic law, governs the laws in most Muslim countries, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings.
"Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested,” Pirro told her audience. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
According to Pirro, Omar herself is anti-Semitic but the Democratic Party isn't.
“Your party is not anti-Israel. She is,” Pirro said. “So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from?”
Omar has garnered attention for her anti-Semitic comments, specifically about Americans' loyalty to Israel. In her eyes, anyone who advocates for Israel is more loyal to Israelis than Americans.
Last week, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, which was a direct result of Omar's numerous anti-Semitic comments. Even after the resolution passed, Omar stood her ground, saying her comments started a "difficult conversation" that can lead to "great progress."
Pirro brings up a rather touchy topic but one that makes perfect sense. If Omar grew up in a Muslim household who saw Sharia Law as the norm, then who is to say that she doesn't want the rest of America to be governed by her religion?
And before Democrats lose their minds over Pirros comments, it's not specifically about the hijab, but rather about the thought process behind the religion and their religious customs. If anything, Democrats should be denouncing their religious customs, like Sharia Law, because they are harmful to women and the LBGT community, the same groups they claim to advocate for.
Fox host Jeanine Pirro says that Ilhan Omar's hijab may mean that she's against the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/yxGRVoYkQm— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 10, 2019