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11 Agosto 2017, 06:22 | Crisanna Felipe
Jeffrey Lord Writes 'Sieg Heil!' On Twitter: Trump Supporter Gets Quickly Fired From CNN
CNN on Thursday cut ties with Jeffrey Lord, the cable channel's pro-Donald Trump pundit, after Lord sparked criticism with a tweet in which he used the Nazi salute, "Sieg Heil!".
In a statement, CNN said it fired Lord because, "Nazi salutes are indefensible". In his American Spectator article, Lord called the organization "Media Matters Fascists" and "anti free speech bigots".
He went on to issue a number of other tweets calling Media Matters "fascists" who are anti-free speech. For a reason comprehensible only to himself, Lord chose to drop a Nazi salute - "Sieg Heil!"
Lord has been a staunch defender of the president's policies, and made a wider name for himself by backing Trump during the campaign and throughout his early White Hose tenure. Lord later claimed he was "mocking Nazis and Fascists". The last straw came when Lord tweeted the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil!" during an exchange with Media Matters chief Angelo Carusone, Politico reports.
Lord was the first openly pro-Trump commentator to join CNN, two months after Trump entered the Republican primary race.
He had repeatedly clashed with Media Matters president Angelo Carusone, whose group condemned CNN for employing him as a commentator.
Under withering criticism from others on social media, Lord did not backtrack from the Nazi reference.
On July 18, New York Times columnist and frequent CNN guest Charles Blow said the panel was not going to talk about "what that Breitbart crowd is, and that it is basically Neo-Nazism and the like".
But that doesn't stop people on the far-right from using them. "That's what I'm mocking".
CNN signed Lord to a year-long contract in December.
In addition to CNN, Fox News, NBC, and MSNBC also announced they would never hire Lord for any panel discussions in the future. While largely obscure at the time of his hire, Lord since became perhaps the most well-known Trump supporter on the network.
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