Omar thanks Fox News for publicly condemning Pirro

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) thanked Fox News on Monday after the network condemned host Jeanine Pirro for remarks suggesting the first-term lawmaker’s Islamic beliefs put her at odds with the Constitution.

“Thank you, @FoxNews,” Omar tweeted to her more than 720,000 followers. “No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth.”

{mosads}Pirro had argued on her weekly Fox News program, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” that Omar is not committed to upholding the Constitution due to her religious beliefs and because she wears a hijab, an Islamic headscarf.

“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said during her opening monologue Saturday night. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Fox News followed with a statement the next day condemning Pirro’s remarks.

“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

Criticism from within Fox News also came from a Muslim producer who works on Bret Baier’s “Special Report” program.

“@JudgeJeanine 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.

“You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself,” she tweeted. “K thx.”

Pirro in her own statement pushed back on the criticism and attempted to clarify her comments.

“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American,” Pirro said. “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.”

Pirro added that she invites Omar “to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”

Omar, 37, has drawn criticism from Republicans and members of her own party for what have been deemed by many as anti-Semitic remarks regarding Israel and the U.S. lawmakers who support the Jewish state.

On Thursday, the House passed a bill condemning hate. The bill was prompted largely by Omar’s comments since taking office but the bill did not specifically name the congresswoman.

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