Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Fox News' Jeanine Pirro questions Ilhan Omar's hijab

Fox News' Jeanine Pirro questions Ilhan Omar's hijab

"Your party is not anti-Israel, she is", Pirro said, directly addressing Democrats who have defended Omar.

"Will any Republicans condemn it?" he said, after a number of GOP lawmakers had urged the Democratic leadership to punish Omar over her criticism of Israel. "They want to have her on the air spewing this venom all the time, but they also want to keep just enough distance so advertisers don't get uncomfortable".

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centering on the freshman Democrat's wearing of a traditional Muslim head covering. "They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly", the statement read.

In her own statement on Sunday night, Pirro didn't apologize, saying the intention of her comments "was to ask a question and start a debate".

'I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today'.

Reporter Yashar Ali said Kamal will not face repercussions for speaking out against Pirro, batting away speculation that she would be fired as "lunacy".

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

Despite the rebuke, Pirro released her own statement, in which she refused to apologize. The pattern has alarmed many Jews, and as Omar faced yet another firestorm last week, community leaders on both sides voiced pain and confusion, fearing that the comments could damage an alliance they have spent years trying to nurture.

The congresswoman's critics said the remarks insinuated that Jewish-Americans are more loyal to Israel than to the U.S., an anti-Semitic trope, but Omar said that she only meant to criticise the influence of AIPAC on U.S. foreign policy. She has really spoken in a very risky way, and it's going to be up to her to reach out to people and fix this'. "'My intention was to ask a question and start a debate' is nearly identical to Omar's defense of her own dual loyalty smear". "I think she has a different experience in the use of words, doesn't understand that some of them are fraught with meaning".

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