An opening segment on Jeanine Pirro‘s Fox News show this Saturday is drawing a considerable about of backlash for what many see as its anti-Muslim bigotry, and part of that backlash is coming from an outspoken employee at Pirro’s network.
At the start of her show, Pirro opened with a monologue addressing past comments from Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar that suggested that American politicians who support Israel are pledging “allegiance” to a foreign country for financial reasons.
“Think about this,” Pirro said. “[Omar] is 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? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran, 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?”
Pirro’s comments sparked a huge wave of backlash, with many seeing her words as a suggestion that Muslim people are inherently anti-American.
Jeanine Pirro is a disgrace. 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. Anything less is un-American. https://t.co/O4fpTJujao
— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) March 10, 2019
Has any mainstream Republican politician, pundit or media personality condemned Judge Jeanine Pirro's hateful comments against Muslim women, @IlhanMN and her promotion of the false "sharia conspiracy" yet?
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 10, 2019
The most telling thing about Jeanine Pirro saying that Ilhan Omar wearing a Hijab means she's against the Constitution is that the extremist who believes in state-sponsored religion in this scenario is Jeanine Pirro.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 10, 2019
While tweets denouncing Pirro were plenty, one particular tweet got some elevated attention because it came from a Fox News employee who happened be a Muslim woman named Hufsa Kamal, who is a producer on the Fox show Special Report.
“@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough?” Kamal tweeted. “You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx.”
@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx. https://t.co/ZfKhRhlvM3
— Hufsa Kamal (@hufkat) March 10, 2019
Whether or not Pirro will go on an apology tour like Omar remains to be seen, but she has some explaining to do considering that she utilizes the same”dual loyalty” smear she accuses Omar of using.
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