Twitter erupts after Fox News host Jeanine Pirro kicked off the air after attacking Ilhan Omar
Pirro’s weekly program, ‘Justice’, was replaced by a rerun of a documentary series, sparking a flurry of speculation that Fox News had pulled the plug on the conservative firebrand. In a rare move, the network condemned Pirro, a former New York prosecutor, after she questioned the patriotism of left-leaning Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
“Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is antithetical to the US Constitution?” Pirro asked during the broadcast.Also on rt.com Blackface only for liberals? NBC cancels Megyn Kelly’s show amid uproar about double standards
Fox said the comments “do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly,” while several advertisers have reportedly cut ties with the show. Curiously, Pirro hasn’t tweeted since last Saturday.
The network has refused to comment about whether the host is facing a suspension or even termination. A spokesperson told CNN that Fox won’t comment on “internal scheduling matters.”
The schedule change was met with a colorful mix of applause, disappointment, and of course, meme-dipped snark.
“Let’s all say a prayer for the poor bartender that Jeanine Pirro is berating right now,” joked former theater agent Roland Scahill.
Let’s all say a prayer for the poor bartender that Jeanine Pirro is berating right now— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) March 17, 2019
Others found creative ways to say that they wouldn’t miss Pirro’s voice on television.
“Jeanine Pirro always sounds like she’s dictating a one star yelp review for a plastic surgeon into her phone while driving to divorce court,” quipped another blue checkmarked pundit.
Jeanine Pirro always sounds like she’s dictating a one star yelp review for a plastic surgeon into her phone while driving to divorce court. What an Awful.. awful.. woman. https://t.co/vq4s7sSj0S— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) March 17, 2019
Still, others took the news more seriously.
“@JudgeJeanine wasn’t merely Islamophobic, she insinuated that wearing a hijab is Unconstitutional/illegal in the USA – and this woman is meant to be Judge in US Courts? She should be fired on basis of her lack of understanding of US law and rights,” wrote journalist Patrick Henningsen.
@JudgeJeanine wasn't merely Islamophobic, she insinuated that wearing a hijab is Unconstitutional/illegal in the USA - and this woman is meant to be Judge in US Courts? She should be fired on basis of her lack of understanding of US law and rights... https://t.co/59flWvSy2E— Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) March 17, 2019
Not everyone was celebrating Pirro’s removal from the airwaves, however.
Infowars reporter and proud MAGA hat-wearer Millie Weaver argued that the television host had said nothing wrong.
“Judge Jeanine Pirro was correct that the US Constitution & Sharia Law are incompatible,” Weaver tweeted.
Judge Jeanine Pirro was correct that the US Constitution & Sharia Law are incompatible. It has to do with the West’s legal system using legal fictions which are NOT recognized in Sharia law. https://t.co/4nWIMXjwFZ— Millie Weaver (@Millie__Weaver) March 17, 2019
Pirro’s conservative fan base was also up-in-arms.
“We stand with @JudgeJeanine !! @FoxNews do not give in to leftists’ hate,” wrote conservative author Janie Johnson.
Even Donald Trump weighed in on the scandal, with the US president claiming that the "radical left Democrats" were trying to "silence" the "majority of our country."
Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox .....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
The Fox News host is far from the first talking head to face blowback for purportedly uncouth remarks. Fox News alum Megyn Kelly was shown the door by NBC after getting grilled for comments she made about blackface Halloween costumes. She still received $30 million as part of her exit deal, so everyone lived happily ever after.
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