Mansoor Shams, a U.S. Marines veteran and founder of Muslim Marine, blasted Fox News host Jeanine Pirro for her disparaging comments about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her hijab and called on the network to fire her.
In an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Shams condemned the Fox host’s suggestion that Omar’s headdress is evidence of her disloyalty to the Constitution.
Shams said he was “extremely distraught and disturbed” by Pirro’s comments, accusing her of spreading Islamophobic sentiment.
“I’m extremely distraught and disturbed by the things that are taking place in this nation for the last many years,” he said. “I have a 12-year-old kid who told me that, in his middle school as they were changing classes, this other child comes in and yells, ‘Allahu akbar, you’re all going to die,’ then shuts the door and runs.”
Dear America: Here’s the choice. You continue to follow people like Jeanine Pirro who use FEAR to DIVIDE you while making millions at YOUR cost. Or you choose to follow individuals like myself who seek to UNIFY & BRIDGE GAPS! And who’s uniform is clearly proof of LOVE of COUNTRY! pic.twitter.com/pvYe5GrI8t
— MuslimMarine (@mansoortshams) March 10, 2019
When asked about Pirro’s initial response to the backlash her remarks caused, Shams said he wasn’t satisfied and called for her to “be fired.”
“You fire an individual like this, who is constantly dividing America. And I think America has to really sort of decide which path, which direction it wants to go in. Do you want to listen to people like her, who are dividing us and destroying the fabric of this nation?” he said.
“The true action by Fox News would be to actually fire an individual like [Pirro],” he added. “They don’t deserve to have the platform they have. They are destroying millions of people’s lives and making millions at their cost. Again, as I mentioned before, I think it is time for America to really do some self-reflection and decide, do you want an individual like her to dictate the narrative or do you want individuals like myself who signed on the dotted line saying they would die for this nation, who served this country with dignity and loyalty.”
Watch the segment, below:
Fox News rebuked Jeanine Pirro after she questioned Rep. Ilhan Omar's hijab.
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