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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)–the freshman lawmaker who has been defending herself for several weeks for controversial comments some have have interpreted as anti-Semitic–finds herself in the center of another storm.
But this time, the Muslim member who wears a hijab on the House floor, is the undisputed victim.
As Omar was preaching a message of love and inclusion during a segment of CNN, a popular host on rival Fox News savagely attacked Omar’s patriotism and found herself pulled from the Fox News Saturday night schedule.
Omar was on CNN reacting to the deadly mosque attacks in New Zealand, which had been carried out in the name of white supremacism and anti-immigrant hatred.
“Love trumps hate. So we just have to make sure that we are resilient, loving and that we’re creating an environment that recognizes all of our worth,” Omar said.
However, over on Fox News, host Jeanine Pirro suggested on-air Omar was not a loyal American and did not support the US Constitution because of her faith and that she wears a hijab.
That proved too much even for Fox News, where the hosts often traffic in such righist rhetoric.
The network pulled Pirro’s show and issued this statement: “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.”
Pulling Pirro off the air prompted one of Donald Trump’s usual fierce tweetstorms.
“Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down,” Trump said in one tweet, before advising readers to “Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!”