AOC Says Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Is Responsible For Threats Against Rep. Ilhan Omar
When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first got elected into office, she was one of several women serving Congress for the first time, many of which are also minorities. This group is comprised of Rep. Rashid Tlaib (of Michigan), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (of Massachusetts), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (of Minnesota), among others. Through thick and thin, the tight-knit group stands by each other especially when one of them comes under attack.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is putting blame on Fox News host Jeanine Pirro for Rep. Omar’s recent death threats.
The uproar against Rep. Omar began in February when she tweeted critical comments about Israel. Many on the left and right spoke out against Rep. Omar and called her anti-Semitic. While she did apologize, she also stood her ground toward lobbyists who take money from groups with specific agendas. The backlash subsided somewhat from the left, but not from conservatives — especially on Fox News who are still going after Rep. Omar.
On April 6, authorities arrested a man who called Rep. Omar and threatened to assault and kill her, CNN reports. The 55-year-old New York man said told a Rep. Omar staff member on the phone: “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for [Omar], she’s a (expletive) terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is coming to Rep. Omar’s defense saying the harmful statements on Fox News have dangerous consequences.
The death threat comes weeks after Fox News pulled Jeanine Pirro’s show “Justice with Judge Jeanine” after she questioned Rep. Omar because she’s Muslim.
“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said that it’s because of those kinds of statements that fuels racism and anger toward Democratic lawmakers.
“Understand when Jeanine Pirro goes on Fox + rallies people to think hijabs are threatening, it leads to this,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Folks who imply we’re ‘bad’ for politics, the party, the country, etc. have no idea the threats we deal w/ because of that kind of language. Talk policy, not personal.” She went on to say, “Also, read my entire TL to understand that White Nationalists are white and evil and white and big corporations and white men. But other peoples’ language.”
This is not the first time Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has been critical of Fox News and their hosts.
She has slammed conservative media outlets in the past for exposing private information about her family and where she lives. She deems that as extremely wrong especially since there have been death threats against her and other Democratic leaders.
On Feb. 20, police arrested a former Coast Guard officer who had a massive amount of weapons and threatened kill Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, along with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Maxine Waters and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, among others.