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CNN fires Lord for ‘Sieg Heil!’ tweet

(JTA) – CNN severed ties with prominent Donald Trump defender Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan administration staffer, after he tweeted the words “Sieg Heil!” at a liberal activist. “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement.

On Aug. 10, Lord wrote a column for The American Spectator, calling Angelo Carusone’s group, Media Matters for America, which had been promoting an ad boycott against Fox News host Sean Hannity, as the “Media Matters Fascists.” The article was titled “Fascist Media Matters Moves to Silence Hannity.”

Lord shared the column with Carusone on Twitter. “Your headline has a mistake in it,” Carusone responded. “Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don’t take yourself seriously.”

Lord’s response was “Sieg Heil!”

Responding to a storm of criticism, Lord defended his tweet by saying he was “mocking a fascist.”

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