U.S. Islamic Council calls on advertisers to boycott Fox News until Jeanine Pirro is fired

The Council on Islamic-American Relations called on advertisers Monday to boycott Fox News until the network axes host Jeanine Pirro.

The call comes just days after Pirro’s Saturday night program, “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” was yanked by Fox after she said in the previous episode that the hijab worn by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) may be “antithetical to the Constitution.” In fact, the Constitution guarantees the right of free expression of religion.

It’s not clear what Pirro’s future is on the network. Fox has refused to comment on “internal scheduling matters,” though it earlier issued a statement “strongly” condemning Pirro’s statement.

CAIR, the largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights group in America, is also calling for advertisers to demand that Fox drop Tucker Carlson in the wake of unearthed audiotapes of the news host making racist and sexist comments on a radio program. Some advertisers have already abandoned the program.

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NRA Convention in Houston, Texas.Former Westchester County, New York District Attorney Jeanine Pirro at the NRA Leadership Forum in Houston, Texas. (Photo By: David Handschuh/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD, UNITED STATES - 2017/02/23: Jeanine Pirro speaking at the American Conservative Union's 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 18: Sharon Bush, Jeanine Pirro and Jean Shafiroff attend President Trump's one year anniversary with over 800 guests at the winter White House at Mar-a-Lago on January 18, 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Judge Jeanine Pirro of FOX News Network makes remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, February 23, 2017. Politicians, pundits, journalists and celebrities gather for the annual conservative event to hear speakers, network and plan agendas for the new President Trump administration. / AFP / Mike Theiler (Photo credit should read MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images)
American TV commentator and former prosecutor, judge, and Republican political candidate from the state of New York, Jeanine Pirro arrives for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on January 13, 2017 in New York. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith (Photo credit should read BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Jeanine Pirro attends Police Athletic League's 26th Annual Women Of The Year Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on December 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Judge Jeanine Pirro is a guest co-host on 'THE VIEW,' 2/27/14 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JENNY MCCARTHY, JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO, SHERRI SHEPHERD, BARBARA WALTERS
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Jeanine Pirro attends Police Athletic League's 26th Annual Women Of The Year Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on December 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of the television program 'Justice with Judge Jeanine,' addresses the NRA annual Convention May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. More than 70,000 members of the nation's premier gun rights organization have flocked to Texas for the three-day gathering, hard on the heels of the defeat of new federal gun laws in the US Senate. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

“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,” Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director, said in a statement provided to HuffPost. “All existing advertisers should drop their ads on Fox News to ensure that they are not associated with the promotion of hate.” 

At least four advertisers - Botox-maker Allergan, online marketplace Letgo, personal finance company NerdWallet and pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk - have all indicated they’re pulling their ads from Pirro’s program, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Fox to bring Pirro back on the air. 

Also Monday, the cable news network announced it had hired former Democrat National Committee chair and CNN contributor Donna Brazile as a Fox political commentator.

In an appearance on Dana Perino’s Fox News show Monday, Brazile said that she was joining the network as an opportunity to listen and reach out to the “Fox family” adding: “This is a critical period in our country. It’s a time for dialogue, it’s a time for civility. We’re not going to get ahead by yelling at each other and sending nasty tweets.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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