CNN cut ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday after the right-wing
commentator tweeted a Nazi slogan at a liberal activist.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN representative
said in a statement after Lord tweeted “Sieg
Heil,” the Nazi victory salute, at Media Matters
president Angelo Carusone. “Jeffrey Lord
is no longer with the network.”
The tweet was far from Lord’s first brush with controversy
since his ascent to the national stage during the 2016
presidential campaign. As one of CNN’s few steadfast Donald Trump
supporters, Lord was at the center of some of the cable network’s
most shocking moments over the last year.
During the primary season, he rankled CNN commentator
Van Jones by calling the Ku Klux Klan a “leftist” organization
after members of the white-nationalist group endorsed Trump
There was the time in November when he asked a black
panelist when he would
apologize for slavery.
There was the time in October when he attempted to downplay
Trump’s “bad hombres” comment at a debate by saying it
wasn’t as bad as the N-word.
More recently, in April, Lord brought a CNN
panel to a standstill when he
called Trump “the Martin Luther King of healthcare.”
After CNN cut ties with Lord, Fox News, NBC, and MSNBC all
announced they would not be hiring him. He remains a columnist
for the right-wing magazine The American Spectator.