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CAIR demands Fox News fire Judge Jeanine Pirro over remarks about Ilhan Omar’s hijab

'Think about it: Omar wears a hijab'

Nicole DiCocco (left), executive director of the H.O.P.E. Foundation for a Better Tomorrow, and Judge Jeanine Pirro. (Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has issued a scathing condemnation of Judge Jeanine Pirro's recent controversial remarks about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's hijab and how the freshman lawmaker may not have total allegiance to the United States.

What did Pirro say, anyway?

During her Fox News show Saturday, Pirro mocked the Minnesota lawmaker for wearing a hijab, traditional Islamic headwear. Pirro also appeared to question Omar's allegiance to the U.S.

"Think about it: Omar wears a hijab," Pirro 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?"

Fox News released a statement Sunday, distancing itself from Pirro's remarks.

"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," the statement said.

So now what?

CAIR is calling on Fox News to terminate Pirro's employment, according to CNS News.

"Such an open and un-American expression of religious bigotry should be rejected by any media outlet seeking even a modicum of credibility," CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad said. "Jeanine Pirro should be fired, and Fox News should apologize to its viewing audience."

CNS News also reported that Awad "called for an advertiser boycott of the program until Pirro is fired."

Pirro has since spoken out about the controversy.

"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 explained. "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."

She added, "I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today."

Omar also thanked Fox News for condemning Pirro's remarks. The lawmaker wrote in a tweet, "Thank you, @FoxNews. No one's commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth."

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