Fox News on Sunday night denounced remarks by host Jeanine Pirro this weekend suggesting that Rep. Ilhan Omar supports Sharia law in defiance of the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab.
“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said in a statement. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
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.).
“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?” Pirro said. “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 said.
Pirro did not apologize in a statement Sunday night, insisting: “I did not call Rep. Omar un-American.”
She added: “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.”
Pirro’s remarks were swiftly rebuked Sunday on social media, with Bret Stephens, the conservative New York Times columnist, calling her “a disgrace” in a tweet.
“Ilhan Omar’s right to wear hijab in accordance with her religious convictions is as constitutional as an Orthodox Jewish woman’s right to wear a sheitel,” Stephens wrote. “Anything less is un-American.”
But you know what isn’t being condemned by Fox? Statements unearthed this weekend by Tucker Carlson
During interviews on Bubba The Love Sponge, Carlson said he “love[s]” the idea of young girls sexually experimenting, uses sexist terms to refer to a number of women, and defends statutory rape.
He referred to Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis Stewart as “cunty,” called journalist Arianna Huffington a “pig,” and labeled Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” He also said that women enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told” and that they are “extremely primitive.”
Here’s his non-apology:
To recap: Tucker Carlson joked about a 13-year-old being molested, and said that women as a gender are “primitive” and “like dogs,” and his response is a refusal to apologize pic.twitter.com/PLSOlxo0Gk— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) March 11, 2019
I like how Carlson uses the word “someTHING” in the singular. The Media Matters clip is a montage of many thingS. And here’s a Media Matters researcher:
one hundred— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) March 11, 2019
Speaking of Fox….
New reports call into question whether Fox News is an outlet or a coordinated arm of the Trump administration pic.twitter.com/PBuIVt6CnR— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 11, 2019