Jeffrey Lord ousted from CNN for Nazi salute

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Jeffrey Lord, an unabashed bigot and MAGA super fan, was sacked from CNN after responding "Sieg Hiel" to an activist's tweet.

Political commentator Jeffrey Lord was sacked from CNN on Thursday after tweeting an offensive remark - the words "Sieg Heil!" - towards liberal activist Angelo Carusone, according to CNNMoney.

Hours after a tweet that referenced a Nazi victory salute turned Twitter on its head, CNN cut ties with one of its most recognizable faces on Thursday.

Lord argued that he was mocking Carusone's supposed free speech fascism by responding with a Nazi salute and refused to delete the tweet. Lord, however, tells Vox that he was mocking Nazis and Carusone's alleged "Mussolini-style tactics" to suppress free speech. Media Matters has been a long-time critic of Lord and hsi appearances on CNN over his strong support for President Trump. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network".

Lord himself said his message was misunderstood. He said he greatly respected CNN management despite disagreeing with the decision. As a result, CNN said ended her annual visit to Times Square with Anderson Cooper on New Year's. He began working with the network during the presidential campaign, and has spoken on behalf of Trump since then. He defended his use of the expression, saying he was "mocking a fascist".

Lord was the first openly pro-Trump commentator to join CNN, two months after Trump entered the Republican primary race. When Carusone complained about the column's headline, Lord mockingly responded: "Seig heil!"

Lord has previously called the group "Media Matters Fascists". "I think they're terrific people and serious people".

Another Trump-supporting conservative commentator, Kayleigh McEnany, recently left CNN under unrelated circumstances.

Lord is the second Trump supporter to leave CNN in the past week.

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