The American public has long been concerned by the virulent political ideologies that those in the president’s inner circle have associated themselves with, and now, there is another example of why this concern is valid.
This week, longtime Trump supporting CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord got fired from the network after he used a Nazi salute, tweeting “Sieg Heil” at Media Matters President Angelo Carusone. The situation that got Lord fired shows just how petty and self-obsessed he and his kind really are, with Carusone having tweeted at Lord to mockingly point out a misspelling in a headline of one of his articles critical of Media Matters.
Lord tweeted two words back at Carusone: “Seig Heil!” It’s like a textbook case of things escalating way too quickly to make much sense.
Lord had actually also used the phrase in his article that Carusone originally tweeted at him about. His point was to try and claim that left wingers who try and shut down right wing, pro-Trump hate speech are the real modern “Nazis.”
His point, however, was unsurprisingly lost behind his free usage of Nazi terminology to make it. CNN promptly severed all ties with the long controversial Lord. The call to the commentator letting him know he was fired came as he was preparing to appear on a CNN program.
He was then left to his own devices at his home in Pennsylvania, at which time he received numerous calls, including one from — guess who — top Trump adviser and former head of the far right “news” outlet Breitbart Steve Bannon.
Beyond reading off Bannon’s name from the Caller ID to reporters who were with him at the time, Lord wouldn’t elaborate on what the presidential adviser said to him. Still, reporter Candy Woodall writes that the far right political commentator was “noticeably more confident after he said the White House adviser encouraged him to keep fighting.”
Bannon has long expressed his allegiance to white nationalist causes so as to make it hardly a stretch for him to support Lord having “mockingly” used a Nazi salute.
Lord, for his part, is hardly about to back down from his staunchly pro-Trump stance, even though it’s collapsing in on him as he resorts to belligerently calling people Nazis.
He told reporters:
‘I do not ever intend to be quiet. If I had to do it all over again, I would. It’s a matter of principle. The idea that people who use Nazi fascist tactics should be left alone to fly their trade is unacceptable.’
As mentioned, these sorts of comments from Lord are what underlies the spiral that ended in his firing from CNN. The column that Carusone hit him over was slamming Media Matters as being “fascist” because of their efforts to shut down Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Hannity has most recently attracted ire for peddling the baseless conspiracy theory that former DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered by a hired hit man because he allegedly leaked DNC emails to Wikileaks.
The only part of that which is true is that Rich was murdered. Hannity has also been accused of sexual harassment, as have many of his Fox News colleagues.
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