ON Wednesday, Donald Trump praised a disgraced CNN pundit, Jeffrey Lord—a man who was fired for tweeting “Sieg Heil!” back in August—as a “good man.” Looking out on his audience, Trump said,
Hi, Jeffrey. The great Jeffrey Lord. He was on fake news CNN for a long time. He was one of my few sources of truth. Thank you, Jeffrey, for being here. That’s a great honor.
Lord was one of CNN’s in-house Trump surrogates, but the network fired him for this tweet:
— Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) August 10, 2017
At the time, Lord was in the middle of an argument on Twitter with Angelo Carusone, head of Media Matters for America, when he made the offensive post. He claimed he was mocking fascists and offered no apologies. He told The Hill in August:
If I had known this was going to end up like this, I would have done it again. You have to go after these people [Media Matters]. This is not allowable under any circumstances.
Lord has a long history of making racist and inflammatory statements:
- He claimed that there “are no people of color” in the country.
- He called Trump the ”the Martin Luther King of healthcare.”
- He titled a recent Breitbart column, “Hillary Clinton is the new David Duke.”
- And he blamed singer Ariana Grande, at least in part, for the terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, England, earlier this year.
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