Jeffrey Lord: Bannon offered support after CNN firing

White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon called Jeffrey Lord to cheer him up after he was fired from CNN on Thursday, the cable pundit and surrogate for President Trump told Penn Live.

In the call, Bannon encouraged him to “keep fighting,” Lord said.

“Absolutely,” was his response. 

{mosads}Lord wouldn’t comment to the news outlet on the specifics of the phone call but said his ouster from CNN was an important First Amendment issue.

A staunch supporter of Trump, Lord regularly appeared on CNN panels to offer a defense of the president, often while being outnumbered by opponents.

Lord was fired after tweeting “Sieg Heil!” at Angelo Carusone, the president of the liberal group Media Matters.

Lord had been critical of the group’s pressure campaign against advertisers on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show. Lord had criticized the group for its support of a boycott, which he argued was a fascist move that restricted Hannity’s speech.

The fight with Carusone started after Lord wrote an opinion piece for the conservative magazine The American Spectator that called Media Matters “fascist.”

Carusone tweeted that it was impossible to take Lord seriously because of a mistake in his headline, prompting Lord to respond with the salute.

When news broke that he was fired from CNN, Lord responded on Twitter with “LOL.”

Lord defended his statement and doubled down in the interview with Penn Live, insisting that he should be able to “make fun of Nazis.”

“You’re not supposed to make fun of Nazis? I don’t think so,” Lord said. “I do not ever intend to be quiet. If I had to do it all over again, I would.”

A spokesman for CNN had called the use of the Nazi salute “indefensible.”

Lord said he has a “serious disagreement” with CNN’s decision to fire him and said their decision is “caving to the Nazi tactics.”

“The notion that you cannot make fun of people who use Nazi tactics — they’re caving to the Nazi tactics,” he said.

He did say that he was on his way to New York for a show when he got a call from Rebecca Kutler from CNN, who told him “the network was severing its connection” with him.


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