MENUMENU

Katrina Pierson supports Trump tweeting more about Fox than New Zealand shooting

Gage Skidmore/flickr

BTW

President Donald Trump is facing criticism over his support for Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, whose show was taken off the air on Saturday following her comments about Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)

Pirro’s show, which usually airs on Saturdays, did not air this past weekend. It’s unclear what Pirro’s status with Fox is, or whether or when her show will return.

Fox denounced comments Pirro made on air regarding Rep. Omar last week, according to CNBC. Pirro questioned whether Rep. Omar’s religious beliefs stood in contrast to the Constitution. Omar is Muslim and wears a hijab.

“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said on Justice With Jeanine Pirro. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution.”

The network said in a statement that Pirro’s comments, “do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

On Sunday morning, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman pointed out that President Donald Trump had tweeted more often about Pirro than he had about the attack in New Zealand that killed 50. “Ratio of Pirro tweets to NZ mosque massacre tweets?” Haberman wrote.

Trump 2020 campaign aide Katrina Pierson weighed in, retweeting Haberman’s comment and writing, “President of  THE UNITED STATES!,” the implication that a host at Fox’s job stance mattered more than a rising, violent white supremacy.

Trump tweeted three times on the day of the attack, saying first “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”

He later reiterated the sentiment and mentioned that he had spoken with New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

But the president soon turned his attention to Pirro.

He also retweeted posts about his support for Pirro.

The contrast is notable; Fox rebuked Pirro for questioning a Muslim legislator’s loyalty to her country, and the intended victims of the attack in New Zealand were Muslim.

The president also defended Tucker Carlson, whose most recent misogynistic comments have provoked backlash.

READ MORE:

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.