Muslim Congresswoman Thanks Fox News for Condemning Pirro Remarks

Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn. stands with fellow Democrats as they rally outside the Capitol ahead of passage of H.R. 1

Ms Pirro's comments were met with anger, with people taking to social media to accuse her of attacking the country's First Amendment, which protects freedom of religion and expression.

Rep. Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning network host Jeanine Pirro's remarks about her hijab.

CNN's Brian Stelter reported on Monday that Fox News right wing commentators Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro's ugly comments about women and Muslims were undercutting the networks efforts to promote its news division - and as a result the network was growing increasingly anxious about its advertisers.

Fox News contributor Guy Benson, who is also an editor at the conservative outlet Town Hall, wasn't buying it.

Muslim civil rights groups have said the criticism of Omar, both from colleagues in Congress and among constituents, shows a "clear double standard".

"Think about this, she's not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party, so if it's not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from?"

'They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly'.

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She continued: "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress". Omar", the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement shortly following the vote.

The Fox News Channel is taking the rare step of "strongly" condemning one of its own talk-show hosts after controversial comments were made regarding U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Pirro has a history of making inflammatory comments about Muslims.

In her own statement on Sunday night, Pirro didn't apologize, saying the intention of her comments "was to ask a question and start a debate".

"Can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren't American enough?"

"I'm extremely distraught and disturbed by the things that are taking place in this nation for the last many years", he said. "Fox wants to draw advertisers, it wants to keep running a profitable business, it's trying to promote its news brand". "I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing Americans today". "You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself", she tweeted.

"An outspoken critic of Israel, Omar has courted controversy with provocative remarks that some say invoke anti-Semitic stereotypes".

In a much earlier tweet, from 2012, Omar wrote that Israel had "hypnotized the world".

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