By now, we're very used to bizarre takes from Fox News, but this one from the presenter and judge Jeanine Pirro might just be the worst yet.
Speaking on the right-wing television network on Saturday, Pirro questioned representative Ilhan Omar's loyalty to the United States because she wears a hijab.
Yes, literally - that's her reason.
In a monologue on the network, Pirro discussed Omar's recent series of tweets, that many deemed to be antisemitic. In the now deleted tweets, she suggested that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee pays politicians to be pro-Israel. Many thought the tweets echoed antisemitic stereotypes about Jews, money, and power.
Referencing the tweets, Pirro said:
This is not who your party is.
Your party is not anti-Israel, she is. Think about this. She is not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party.
She then added:
So if it's not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from? Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran, 33:59, tells women to cover so they won't molested.
Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?
Fox host Jeanine Pirro says that Ilhan Omar's hijab may mean that she's against the Constitution. https://t.co/yxGRVoYkQm
Sharia law is a set of rules and principles derived from the Quran and Muhammed, that apply to aspects of Muslim life such as marriage, divorce, finance, fasting and prayer, and have a variety of interpretations. According to NBC News, hundreds of anti-Sharia laws have been passed in 43 states in recent years, prohibiting any law or system being implemented that clashes with the rights granted in the Constitution.
Omar came to the US as a refugee from Somalia and is one of the first Muslim women to ever serve in Congress. On Saturday, she deleted another controversial tweet that accused Politico of distorting statements she'd made in an interview regards Barack Obama.
The critics included Tim Alberta, the Politico chief political correspondent who’d interviewed Omar. He tweeted:
Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said.