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Ilhan Omar thanks Fox News for rebuking Jeanine Pirro’s comments on hijab

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Lora Ball | 12 March, 2019, 03:14

Fox News has "strongly condemned" comments made by its host Jeanine Pirro after she questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar's hijab meant she subscribed to sharia law. "Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Koran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won't get molested". Omar's decision to wear a hijab, said Pirro, might indicate her "adherence to Sharia Law", which is "antithetical to the United States Constitution".

Critics blasted Judge Pirro's remarks, pointing to the First Amendment of the Constitution, which protects freedom of religion.

Rolling Stone said on its website that Fox's Pirro was trying to use Islamophobia to make Americans fear Omar, as the former judge tried to connect Omar's hijab to sharia law, which she said was "antithetical to the US Constitution". "They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly", the network said.

Pirro's comments were met with backlash from both the Left and Right.

Pirro sought to tamp down reaction to her comments with a statement on Sunday.

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

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"My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is a Muslim does not mean you don't support the Constitution", she said, adding she invited Omar to come on her show.

Fox News has on many previous occasions has tolerated Islamophobic and birther comments from its hosts and commentators. "You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself". She's not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party.

Fox News itself said it did not agree with the remarks. Fox News associate producer Hufsa Kamal tweeted. "'My intention was to ask a question and start a debate' is nearly identical to Omar's defense of her own dual loyalty smear".

Omar has faced her own share of criticism, being accused of anti-Semitic tropes.

One of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress, Omar is an outspoken progressive whose politics and personal story have drawn wide notice.

After Omar's latest controversial statement about Israel supporters, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution broadly condemning hate and intolerance, including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination.

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