Bannon Calls Jeffrey Lord After CNN Firing Over Nazi Salute Tweet

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., left, Tom Marino, R-Pa., center left, and Jeffrey Lord, right, watch as President-elect Donald Trump, center right, departs a rally in Hershey, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord, appears at a rally for President-elect Donald Trump in Hershey, Pa. Lord made a comparison of Trump to Martin Luther King Jr., on CNN's morning "New ... FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2016, photo, CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord, appears at a rally for President-elect Donald Trump in Hershey, Pa. Lord made a comparison of Trump to Martin Luther King Jr., on CNN's morning "New Day." He is one of a handful of pro-Trump commentators that CNN hired during the last election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) MORE LESS
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While House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon called pro-Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord after Lord was fired by CNN for tweeting a Nazi salute, according to a report from Penn Live.

“It’s Stephen K. Bannon. I have to take this,” Lord told the reporter, who was sitting in Lord’s living room when he received the call

Bannon reportedly called Lord to show support and encourage him to keep fighting. Lord wouldn’t provide details on what the two spoke about.

Bannon, Lord and President Trump have previously spoken highly of one another and Lord has received special access to Trump during visits to Pennsylvania, according to Penn Live.

The call comes after Lord was fired from CNN after he tweeted “Sieg Heil!” at the president of Media Matters for America. The Media Matters president had pointed out a spelling error in one of Lord’s columns.

A CNN spokesperson confirmed the firing to TPM Thursday, saying “Nazi salutes are indefensible.”

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Bannon’s call. 

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