(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/10/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim and civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an anti-immigrant attack on Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) by Fox News host Tucker Carlson and urged all Americans to call on Fox News to fire Carlson and for advertisers to withdraw from his show.
On Tuesday night, Carlson stated, “Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.” He went on to call Rep. Omar a “living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us that we better change our immigration system immediately, or else.
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“Tucker Carlson has a long history of Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, white supremacist rhetoric and does not deserve a national platform for his bigotry and xenophobia,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The notion that simply because Representative Omar came here as a child, she cannot voice critical opinions about American policies and strive to create a more perfect union is antithetical to the values upon which this country was founded. Such xenophobic views ignore the countless contributions immigrants have made to the United States. Fox News must take immediate action and fire Tucker Carlson.”
Awad added that advertisers should withdraw from the program until Carlson is fired.
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In March, CAIR called on Fox News to fire host Jeanine Pirro over an Islamophobic attack against Representative Omar’s decision to wear an Islamic head scarf.
SEE: CAIR Calls for Firing of Fox Host Jeanine Pirro Over Attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Hijab
The Washington-based civil rights organization also called on advertisers to withdraw their advertisements from her program.
SEE: CAIR Urges All Advertisers to Withdraw Ads After Islamophobic Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro’s Show Dropped
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org