Many Fox News viewers were disappointed to learn over the weekend that popular weekend host Judge Jeanine Pirro’s program wouldn’t air amid controversy over comments she made about Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.
But that apparent suspension apparently wasn’t good enough for the preeminent Islamic lobbying organization in the United States, CAIR, who publicly called on Monday for all advertisers to boycott the entirety of Fox News until the network fires Pirro, along with top-rated primetime host Tucker Carlson.
CAIR calls for boycott
Pirro’s fiery commentary about Omar, including questioning her loyalty to the U.S. Consitution, on March 9 compelled Fox News to “strongly condemn” her words and preempt her program the following weekend.
Nevertheless, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a group with known links to terrorist organizations like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood — was not satisfied with that punishment, and made the call for Fox to fire Pirro, as well as Carlson, whom the group accused of being supportive of Islamophobia, racism, and white supremacy.
“Fox News must clearly state that Jeanine Pirro will not be allowed back on the air after her long history of Islamophobic hate rhetoric and the network must also take similar action against other Islamophobic hosts like Tucker Carlson,” CAIR’s national executive director, Nihad Awad, said in a statement.
“All existing advertisers should drop their ads on Fox News to ensure that they are not associated with the promotion of hate,” he added.
Support from the president
But Pirro and Carlson are not standing alone. There was a great outcry from fans over the weekend about Pirro’s absence, including from President Donald Trump himself.
In a flurry of three tweets on Sunday, Trump called on Fox to bring back Pirro and stand strong in the fight against the forces on the ideological left that were attempting to silence her voice and that of others.
Trump tweeted: “Bring back [Judge Jeanine 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 [Fox News] hosts who are doing too well.”
“Fox…must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!” he continued.
Stay true … to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for [Judge Jeanine]. Your competitors are jealous – they all want what you’ve got – NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!
It remains to be seen just what will come of this demand from CAIR that Pirro and Carlson be fired. Thus far, Fox News has stood behind Carlson while not saying much about Pirro, so it is anyone’s guess how it will all play out.