Long before just about anyone gave Donald Trump a legitimate chance of becoming president of the United States, Jeffrey Lord was making near daily appearances on CNN, cheering on Donald Trump’s candidacy. Lord has been a constant presence on CNN ever since the earliest days of Trump’s campaign, shilling for Trump’s agenda and excusing his increasingly outlandish behavior.
On Thursday, CNN abruptly cut ties with Lord, shortly after Lord tweeted a Nazi slogan at a liberal activist. From CNN: “CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.”
Explained CNN, “Nazi salutes are indefensible. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
Lord’s use of the Nazi salute would be troubling at any time. However, given the influence of white nationalism in the White House – starting with Steve Bannon, the white nationalist founder of the alt right movement – any apparent flirtations by Trump propagandists with the darkest elements of fascism must be taken seriously. It appears that CNN agrees.