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Twitter reacts to Jeffrey Lord CNN firing

Twitter reacts to Jeffrey Lord CNN firing
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Media members from the left and right reacted in decidedly different ways to Jeffrey Lord's abrupt firing from CNN on Thursday.

The network severed ties with the staunch supporter of President Trump after he tweeted “Sieg Heil!” at liberal activist and Media Matters President Angelo Carusone.

 

Lord also reacted to his firing on Twitter. 

“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said Thursday. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”

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The controversial tweet by Lord gained attention after several publications reported it and Carusone took a screenshot and tweeted it at CNN, asking for the network to comment on “on air talent issuing (in serious and non-ironic way) Nazi victory salutes.”

In the opinion piece that eventually led to his ouster from CNN, Lord took issue with a Media Matters campaign to get Fox News's Sean Hannity fired from his network.

Media Matters urged its supporters to pressure advertisers on Hannity’s program to withdraw their support. Lord argued in his piece that this was a “fascist game” and an effort to end Hannity’s “free speech.”

Lord was signed as a CNN contributor in early 2016 to serve as a Trump supporter. The author and political strategist was often a foil to other segment panel guests on the network, generating headlines and viral clips in the process.