Fox News commentator Jeanine Pirro asked on her show if Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s hijab means she follows Sharia law, which Pirro claimed is “antithetical to the United States Constitution.”
“Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59 tells women to cover so they won’t get molested,” Pirro said during the opening monologue on her show “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
Pirro continued by asking, “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 was discussing Omar’s recent controversy surrounding comments she made about Israel and argued that Omar’s “anti-Israel sentiment” did not come from the Democratic Party.
“Your party is not anti-Israel, she is,” Pirro said. “So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from?”
Following the incident, Fox issued an official statement condemning Pirro's comments. "They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her," Fox said.
Last week, an anti-Muslim poster outside the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber falsely connecting Omar to the September 11 terrorist attacks has drew strong rebukes from local and national lawmakers, while causing the resignation of a Capitol staffer and the reported injury of another.
The sign, which loomed over a table loaded with other Islamophobic flyers on a “WV GOP Day” at the legislature Friday, bore an image of the burning World Trade Center juxtaposed with a picture of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim congresswomen ever elected.
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Omar on Twitter, "I’m pretty heartbroken that there isn’t more denunciation of this outward and blatant expression of bigotry and Islamophobia by a state party."
"Those who stood up against anti-Semitism a few weeks ago should also be calling out the Islamophobia here, too," the New York representative added.
Pirro issued a response Sunday, saying, "I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Representative Omar un-American. 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 Representative Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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