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CNN Fires Jeffrey Lord for Nazi Salute Tweet

CNN Fires Jeffrey Lord for Nazi Salute Tweet

The network fired Jeffrey Lord for tweeting "Sieg Heil!" at Angelo Carusone, who heads the liberal group Media Matters for America, according to a report on CNN's website.

A spokesperson for the network said in a statement that "Nazi salutes are indefensible". In the Twitter thread, Lord said he opposed Nazis and fascists. When Carusone tweeted at Lord criticizing the column, he responded with the Nazi salute. He began working with the network during the presidential campaign, and has spoken on behalf of Trump since then.

Lord said he was reading a book about the history of Italian fascism in the 1930s that led him to draw a comparison between Media Matters and the fascists.

On a later telephone interview with CNN, Lord defended his actions - and tweets - and claimed that his rhetoric was simply "mocking Nazis and Fascists".

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The tweet was directed at Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America. He was the first explicitly pro-Donald Trump commentator to join the network, back in August 2015, two months after Trump entered the GOP primary race.

Lord directed his tweet at a Media Matters activist who is trying remove Sean Hannity from the airwaves and has called for Lord's firing in the past.

Among his most famous exchanges was one with liberal CNN pundit Van Jones in March of previous year over the history of the Ku Klux Klan. "("I" m not a fan of the perpetual outrage machine", he said.) CNN chose to do that on its own, he said. "I think they're terrific people and serious people". "That's what I'm mocking".

In addition to CNN, Fox News, NBC, and MSNBC also announced they would never hire Lord for any panel discussions in the future. Furthermore, as Breitbart's Joel Pollak noted, "Trump had no reported connection with the group in the video, and later disavowed its support explicitly".


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