CNN cuts ties with Jeffrey Lord after 'sieg heil' tweet

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CNN has severed ties Thursday with perhaps its best-known Donald Trump defender over his sarcastic use of a Nazi slogan at a liberal activist.

"Nazi salutes are indefensible", a CNN spokesperson said, according to the network. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network".

When Carusone responded that there was a "mistake" in the headline and asked Lord how he expected anyone to take him seriously, Lord sent out the infamous tweet.

The Anne Frank Center quickly applauded CNN's decision to rid itself of Lord. However, Lord claimed that he only wrote "Sieg Heil!" because he was trying to make fun of a fascist. In the Twitter thread, Lord said he opposed Nazis and fascists.

Lord was sniping with Carsone over an American Spectator column Lord wrote blasting Media Matters as "anti-free speech bigots" for promoting a boycott against Sean Hannity's sponsors.

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Lord had been with the network for nearly exactly two years, joining CNN in August 2015 as essentially the network's first explicitly pro-Trump commentator.

Lord's response was "Sieg Heil!"

The tweet caused a Twitter storm.

CNN has fired contributor Jeffrey Lord after the commentator tweeted a Nazi salute, the cable news channel said on Thursday.

Under withering criticism from others on social media, Lord did not backtrack from the Nazi reference.

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