Fox Host Under Fire for Saying Rep. Omar's Hijab Unconstitutional


American pay television conservative news channel Fox News condemned its host Jeanine Pirro after she questioned whether a Muslim congresswoman's wearing of a headscarf stood in conflict to the US Constitution.

Omar has been under fire for s series of anti-Semitic remarks that have upset Jewish Democrats in Congress that led to the House passing an anti-hate resolution which was originally meant to be a rebuke of her remarks but was watered-down after an outcry from far-left Democrats.

And then Jeanine Pirro comes along and says the quiet part loud again, implying that Omar, who is one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, can not possibly represent the United States because of her Muslim faith, as proven, in Pirro's eyes, by Omar's choice to wear a hijab.

The Pirro segment comes amid continued backlash over recent comments made by Omar, one of the country's two first Muslim women in Congress, that were critical of a pro-Israeli lobbying group's influence on USA foreign policy.

Over the weekend, Ms Pirro, who hosts the show Justice with Judge Jeanine, slammed Ms Omar's criticism of Israel. She doubled down by inviting the congresswoman to "come on (her) show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today". Omar has made it clear she does not support Israel, and has been accused of making numerous anti-Semitic remarks. "You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself", she tweeted.

On Sunday, Fox News issued a statement rebuking Pirro's words.

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"I'm extremely distraught and disturbed by the things that are taking place in this nation for the last many years", he said.

On Monday, Omar herself thanked the network for its statement.

Omar delightedly responded, "It's all about the Benjamins, baby".

"We are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism, and white supremacy", said Omar in a joint statement with fellow Democratic Congressmen Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson - all three of the Muslim members of the US Congress.

Religious garb, including hijabs, habits, yarmulkes and other adornments, are protected speech in the United States.