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Fox News Attacks First Black Woman Miami Asst. Police Chief Because She Might Be a Flag-Hating Muslim

On Monday, the Fox & Friends panel went after the first black woman to become Miami’s Assistant Chief of Police because she stood for the Pledge of Allegiance without putting her hand over her heart.

Last week, Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Javier Ortiz submitted a letter demanding that newly appointed Assistant Chief Anita Najiy be terminated from her position as honor guard commander because she didn’t place her hand over her heart “to make a political statement.”

Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss defended Najiy, explaining the military protocol she followed is to “stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag” when reciting the Pledge indoors.

“That’s exactly what she did,” Moss told the Miami Herald. “The Honor Guard follows U.S. Military code. She was following U.S. Military code. It had nothing to do with personal beliefs.”

That didn’t stop the Fox & Friends crew from making a big ado about the incident.

“The fraternal order of police president suggested this could have been a religious decision,” co-host Steve Doocy said. “He has suggested that perhaps she is a Muslim. That is not known.”

“If you’re a Muslim, I hope it means you can still salute the flag,” co-host Brian Kilmeade chimed in.

“You know, that would be a great question to ask,” Hasselbeck added. “And so is it our right to know why someone would opt-out of that? How does that make you feel if that is indeed your district? Would you want to know?”

Kilmeade said it’s possible that Najiy simply had an “absence of mind.”

“I remember walking up a few times (in church) with my hands in my pockets instead of my hands crossed, not thinking,” Kilmeade explained. “So I don’t know what I was thinking. And a lot of people were like, ‘Do you know you had your hands in your pockets? And I said, ‘No, I didn’t realize that!’”

Doocy shot his explanation down, saying, “I think she has done this on more than one occasion. That’s why the Fraternal Order of Police president was taking a picture of her doing that to say, look, she does that all the time.”

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