Fox News 'strongly condemns' own popular host

Omar thanks Fox News for rejecting host Jeanine Pirro’s hijab comments

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

"[Judge Jeanine] can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren't American enough?" tweeted Hufsa Kamal Khan, a producer on Fox's Special Report with Bret Baier. "Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is in itself antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?" she asked.

Pirro's segment on Omar came after days of controversy over the congresswoman's criticism of Israel and questions she raised about the influence exerted by pro-Israel lobby groups on USA politics. Pirro and fellow Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared onstage with Trump in November at his final campaign rally before the midterm elections. She invited the Somali-American congresswoman to come on her show "to discuss all of the important issues facing America today", but didn't apologize.

Pirro, host of the Fox News show "Justice with Judge Jeannine", on Saturday said the fact Omar wears a headscarf (hijab) may mean she doesn't support the US Constitution. Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned her statement as anti-Semitic, saying they played into tropes about Jewish power and loyalty to Israel. The Fox host didn't apologize, however.

This is not the first time Fox News publicly reprimanded Pirro.

Jeanine Pirro of Fox News speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, on February 23, 2017. "You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself".




The congresswoman's office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Monday morning.

On Twitter, Omar posted, "Thank you, @FoxNews".

In response to Omar's comments on Israel, late last week, members of the House voted through a broad bipartisan resolution condemning anti-Semitism and, after a last-minute revision, other forms of hatred and bigotry including Islamophobia.

Pirro has a history of making inflammatory comments about Muslims.

"They can kill us, but we can't hurt their feelings?" she wrote, speculating that "There will be efforts to limit our First Amendment - our free speech - to comply with Sharia blasphemy laws which call for death to those who slander the prophet Mohammad".

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