CNN fires Jeffrey Lord over what it calls a 'Nazi salute'

Jeffrey Lord CNN Fired

Courtesy of CNN Jeffrey Lord Out as CNN Contributor After'Indefensible Tweet By Dave Nemetz August 10 2017 2:26 PM PDT 2

Lord said, defending his decision to write the tweet, and explaining why he would be leaving it on his Twitter page. He said he was mocking fascists, not acting like one. "I disagree. I respectfully disagree".

A few hours prior to CNN's announcement, Carusone tweeted a statement to ask CNN to stop giving Lord a "free pass". Another pro-Trump pundit, Kayleigh McEnany, announced her departure from CNN on Saturday to take a position as spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. He joined CNN in August 2015, and offered a counterpoint to anti-Trump viewpoints.

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. Cooper later apologized for the comment.

According to the network, Lord and Carusone - president of the liberal group Media Matters for America - have had several disagreements.

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.

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"Why would I delete something that mocks the Fascists at Media Matters Fascists?" he said about his tweet.

"This is America, Angelo", he added. When Carusone pointed that out, Lord responded with a tweet that simply said "Sieg Heil!".

"Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don't take yourself seriously", Carusone replied.

Lord's response was "Sieg Heil!"

Lord may not have realized he had put his cable punditry in jeopardy with that tweet, but a prescient Twitter user did.

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Jeffrey's presence on CNN has rankled others in the past, and The American Spectator columnist has faced critics before.

CNN's rabidly pro-Trump pundit Jeffrey Lord says he had an epiphany while reading a book about the history of Italian fascism in the 1930s - an epiphany that would set off a freakish chain of events that ended with CNN's decision to fire him on Thursday.

Lord and Carusone have a history of jarring with one another on social media.

He repeatedly told commenters that he was "mocking Nazis and Fascists". On the call, Lord expressed his love for CNN but said he thought they were "caving to bullies".

But that doesn't stop people on the far-right from using them.

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