CNN has severed ties with a conservative commentator who has been a familiar presence on the news channel. The AP reports that the channel confirmed Thursday it has cut ties with Jeffrey Lord.
The move comes after Lord targeted a critic with a tweet featuring a Nazi salute. The report quotes a CNN spokesperson saying: “Nazi salutes are indefensible.”
“The statement came hours after Lord tweeted the Nazi slogan ‘Sieg Heil!’ at the head of a liberal advocacy group, Media Matters for America,” the AP reports.
Lord, a former member of the Reagan White House staff, was retained by CNN in August 2015 and has been an outspoken Trump supporter.
“He had repeatedly clashed with Media Matters president Angelo Carusone, whose group condemned CNN for employing him as a commentator,” the AP reports. “Following a harsh exchange of tweets with Carusone earlier this week, Lord posted an article for The American Spectator on Thursday morning, calling Carusone’s group the ‘Media Matters Fascists’ and casting them as ‘anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.'”
Lord responded to news of his firing by CNN with a concise “LOL!” tweet, which you can see below.