Trump Urges Fox News to Bring Back Jeanine Pirro: 'Be Strong & Prosper, Be Weak & Die!'

Fox News apparently bumped Pirro from her time slot after Islamophobic Ilhan Omar remarks

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington. March 6, 2019
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U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted his support of Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Sunday morning after she had apparently been bumped from her time slot after making Islamophobic remarks about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

Trump tweeted: "Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well." 

He later added: "....must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true...."

Pirro’s Fox News show did not air on Saturday night. Fox News said in a statement, “We are not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” reported the New York Times. However, Pirro's show not running comes just days after she was "strongly condemned" by the network for comments many viewed as Islamophobic.

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Omar thanked Fox News last 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.

Fox said it “strongly condemned” Pirro’s Saturday night commentary and said it had addressed the matter with her. Pirro did not apologize.

On her show, Pirro noted that the Minnesota representative wears a hijab in apparent conformity to a directive in the Quran. “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.

In its condemnation, Fox said Pirro’s views “do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

Omar, in a tweet, thanked Fox for the statement, saying no one should question a person’s commitment to the Constitution because of a person’s faith or country of origin. Omar is a Somali immigrant.

Omar has been in the news because of her own comments that some have judged to be anti-Semitic, leading to a debate over how Democrats should publicly address her views.

Pirro, in her own statement, said she did not call Omar un-American.

“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.

Pirro was called out on Twitter by a fellow Fox News Channel employee who is Muslim. The employee, Hufia Kumal, works on Bret Baier’s news show.

She wrote: “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.”

It was not immediately clear what Fox had done in addressing the matter with Pirro, the former district attorney from New York’s Westchester County who is a particular favorite of President Donald Trump.

Fox News’ chief executive, Suzanne Scott, had reportedly scolded producers of the network’s shows last year, encouraging them to run a tighter ship in terms of incendiary comments.