CNN on Thursday cut ties with pro-Trump political commentator Jeffrey Lord after he tweeted the words “Sieg Heil!” at a liberal activist who pointed out a misspelling in his headline.
“Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network,” a CNN spokesperson told TPM by email. “Nazi salutes are indefensible.”
Lord on Thursday tweeted a link to his column criticizing the “fascist spirit” of Media Matters for America president Angelo Carusone, whose surname he misspelled “Corusone.”
“Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don’t take yourself seriously,” Carusone replied.
Lord responded with a Nazi salute.
— Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) August 10, 2017
The exchange was the latest volley on Carusone’s and Lord’s public disagreements. Carusone on Wednesday said one of Lord’s columns was “bullshit and filled with lies,” an allegation Lord responded to in his later misspelled column.
Lord made headlines in 2015 when he suggested Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro could not be an American and a Latina at the same time.
In 2016, he called the Ku Klux Klan a “leftist terrorist organization” and said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was “racist” for condemning Trump’s attacks on a federal judge because of his Mexican heritage.
Most recently, Lord drew ire in April by calling President Donald Trump “the Martin Luther King of healthcare.”