Fox News condemned its host Judge Jeanine Pirro for suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is against the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab.
“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” Fox News said in a statement.
Pirro also sought to clarify her comments regarding Omar in a statement, and invited the freshman congresswoman to come on her show to “discuss all of the important issues facing America.”
“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 in her statement. “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.”
Omar, who is the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, wears a hijab at all times, including when she is on the House floor, where historically head coverings have been prohibited.
“Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran, 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t be molested,” Pirro said Saturday during the opening monologue of her show. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?”
Omar has come under fire recently for comments widely viewed as anti-Semitic. The statements sparked a resolution, introduced by Democrats in Congress, that condemned all forms of hatred.