Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called out Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night after a racist Trump supporter threatened to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
During her show last month, Pirro accused Omar of being anti-American for wearing a hijab even though several religions include the use of head-wear.
“Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested,” she 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?”
Even President Donald Trump has attacked Omar, falsely accusing her of being anti-Israel while supporting Pirro, who had been suspended by the conservative network for a couple weeks following her Islamophobic rant.
Well, it didn’t take long for the FBI to handle a credible death threat against the freshman congresswoman when a man named Patrick Carlineo called her office.
“Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?” Carlineo asked a staffer who answered the phone. “Why are you working for her, she’s a fucking terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her fucking skull.”
Carlineo admitted that he made the threat and that he’s a Trump supporter, and he has been arrested.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez blasted Pirro for contributing to the hateful climate that led to the death threat, which is just one of many both Omar and herself have received since Fox News began slandering them:
Understand when Jeanine Pirro goes on Fox + rallies people to think hijabs are threatening, it leads to this.
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. https://t.co/udFg3LMdgB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 7, 2019
But the death threat did not prevent Trump from continuing to incite hate and violence toward Omar on Saturday night when he attacked her during remarks he delivered to a Republican Jewish group.
The Council on American Islamic Relations has already condemned the hate speech used by Trump and Pirro that led to the death threats.
“The political environment, led by an Islamophobe in the White House, has normalized hate speech and emboldened bigots in their actions,” CAIR-NY executive director Afaf Nasher said. “The rising threat of Islamophobia and white supremacy must be taken seriously. We are thankful that law enforcement tracked this individual down before he could act on his hatred for Muslims.”
Trump’s remarks also come just weeks after a white supremacist in New Zealand murdered 50 Muslims in a mosque. His failure to condemn white nationalism after the mass shooting and his continuing attacks on Omar makes one wonder if he wants a similar terrorist attack to happen here in the United States.
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