Is Judge Jeanine in trouble?
Her show was supposed to air a new episode tonight but didn’t run and people are speculating she may be in trouble with Fox News over the comments she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar from last week.
In case you missed it, here was the clip in question from last week:
Here's more, from The Hill:
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) hijab is a symbol of loyalty to Sharia law, which she warned is "antithetical" to the U.S. Constitution.
Pirro made the suggestion during the opening monologue of her show “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested,” she said.
“Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” she asked.
Pirro raised the questions amid a wave of controversy over Omar’s comments about Israel that have sparked an anti-Semitism debate in Congress.
Pirro argued that Omar’s alleged “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?”
Fox News said in a statement late Sunday that the network condemns 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.”
Pirro also issued a statement attempting to clarify her comments, saying: "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."
"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 said. "I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
Critics of Omar’s comments, in both the Republican and Democratic parties, said the congresswoman’s most recent remarks pushed the anti-Semitic trope that people who advocate for Israel are more loyal to that country than the U.S.
But when her show was supposed to air a new episode tonight and didn't, speculation is running wild.
Take a look:
Here's more from The Hill:
Fox News is set to air a repeat episode of a documentary series in place of "Justice with Jeanine" as the host faces controversy over her comments about Muslims.
The network will air an episode of "Scandalous," according to Variety. A spokesperson wouldn't discuss future scheduling plans when contacted.
"We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters," a network spokesperson wrote in an email.
During an episode last Saturday, Pirro questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) hijab was "indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution."
Her comments were condemned by Fox News leadership, which issued a statement saying Pirro had been reprimanded.
"We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar," the network said in a statement days later. "They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly."
Pirro previously sought to address the comments and invited Omar to appear on the program.
"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. 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 Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today," Pirro said.
Omar responded to Fox News's statement on Monday in a tweet thanking the network for addressing Pirro's remarks.
“Thank you, @FoxNews. No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth,” she wrote.
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