Fox News condemns Jeanine Pirro's comments questioning Ilhan Omar's hijab

Jeanine Pirro on Fox News

Fox News rebukes host Jeanine Pirro for Ilhan Omar hijab comments

On Saturday night, during the opening segment of her Fox News television show "Justice with Judge Jeanine", Pirro focused on the freshman congresswoman's recent comments about Israel's policies toward Palestinians and the influence of pro-Israel lobbyists on American politics.

Omar, a Somali immigrant, has been critical of Israel and has been accused - even within her own party - of invoking anti-Semitic tropes.

Pirro questioned whether Omar's wearing a hijab indicated her adherence to Sharia law.

Though universal support among the right and left is rare, Pirro's comments generated just that: widespread condemnation from conservatives and liberals.

In a brief tweet on Monday, Omar shared her gratitude with Fox News for its response.

In a strongly worded statement released late Sunday, the network said it had addressed the matter directly with Pirro.

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During her broadcast on Saturday, Pirro, a former NY prosecutor, suggested Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Democractic representative, did not respect the law set down by the Constitution of the United States.

"Your party is not anti-Israel, she is", Pirro said about Democrats and the Minnesota congresswoman. The host has since said that her "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". "You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself", she tweeted.

Top Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren also issued statements denouncing Islamophobic attacks against Omar and highlighting the distinction between anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel.

She previously said that she wanted to discuss "the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country". "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". Muslims' adherence to Sharia varies in the United States and around the world.

According to the Council on American Islamic Relations, the resolution was the first piece of legislation mentioning Islamophobia to pass either chamber of Congress and the second to ever be introduced.

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