CNN fires com­men­ta­tor and pres­i­dent sup­porter, Lord

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WASHINGTON: Jeffrey Lord, a po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor and sup­porter of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, has been fired by CNN af­ter he used a Nazi salute in a tweet to a lib­eral ac­tivist.

“Nazi salutes are inde- fen­si­ble. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the net­work,” CNN said.

In in­ter­views af­ter the fir­ing Lord said his tweet, di­rected at ac­tivist An­gelo Caru­sone, was mis­un­der­stood.

“I am mock­ing peo­ple who are us­ing bully tac­tics in the style of fas­cists and Nazis to take peo­ple off the air and I am the one who gets taken off the air,” he said.

Lord joined CNN in July 2015 as a paid pro-Trump con­trib­u­tor.

Trump, who had just launched his, ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful, pres­i­den­tial cam­paign at the time, sug­gested Lord as a com­men­ta­tor to the net­work and CNN said it al­ready had been look­ing at Lord for a role. – dpa

NAZI SALUTE: Jeffrey Lord

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