UPDATED with Lord reax: Conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord took to Twitter again Thursday afternoon, moments after CNN announced it had kicked him to the curb for tweeting “Sief Heil!” in response to a tweet from the head of liberal org Media Matters.
In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, CNN said, “Nazi salutes are indefensible” and “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
Lord’s Twitter reaction:
CNN wasn’t buying it.
Lord’s tweet was part of the latest social squabble with Carusone. The two are old foes and had been lobbing grenades at each other over an ad boycott campaign against Fox News’ primetime star Sean Hannity. One thing led to another, until Lord called the group “Media Matters Fascists” in a column this week in The American Spectator, describing MM’s members as “anti-free-speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.” Targeting Hannity’s sponsors to pull their ads is a “fascist game,” Lord insisted. “This is America, Angelo. Not Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany or Communist Russia.”
Carusone tweeted something snarky in response, to which Lord replied with his controversial tweet.
That marked the end of the CNN career for the former Reagan administration guy, who never missed an opportunity to compare Trump to the movie-Gipper.
Lord had been CNN’s most often-seen Trump surrogate. According to CNN’s media guru Brian Stelter, the network signed Lord in August 2015, following Trump’s jump into the GOP primary by just two months.
Well-known Trump pal Bill O’Reilly was not a fan, commenting in his maiden voyage as a webcaster on Wednesday that Lord “looks like he’s on some kind of tranquilizer” when he appears on CNN to represent POTUS’ point of view.
Lord’s departure comes less than a week after his fellow Trump surrogate Kayleigh McEnany left CNN to become spokesperson for the Republican Party and host of a faux-newscast on Donald Trump’s Facebook page.
Here are Lord’s stabs at damage control: