The Morning Brief: Donald Trump, Jeffrey Lord and Applebee's

Claudine Rigal
Août 11, 2017

The Twitter beef began when Lord, in a column on The American Spectator, likened Angelo Carusone's watchdog group Media Matters to fascists for calling on sponsors to boycott friend and fellow conservative Sean Hannity's show on Fox News.

"Nazi salutes are indefensible". The two had been engaged in a spat over a post Lord had penned for The American Spectator in which he derided the website as "Media Matters Fascists". Media Matters has repeatedly called for Lord's firing from CNN.

Mr Lord published another column on Thursday in which he called Mr Carusone's group the "Media Matters Fascists", casting the organisation's members as "anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don't like".

Carusone told Lord that one of his columns was "full of lies" and said "Soros gave us one donation one 2010". When Carusone, a frequent and vocal critic of Lord's and CNN for employing him, noted on social media his name was misspelled in the headline, Lord responded with the phrase, "Sieg Hiel".

In subsequent tweets, he insisted he meant to be "mocking Nazis and Fascists".

In a telephone interview with CNN, Mr Lord said, "I think these people are very risky", referring to Media Matters.

"I mocked this guy".

Conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord spoke out about being fired from CNN, saying "CNN caved" when they let him go on Thursday. Lord on Thursday after the former Reagan administration official mockingly used the words "sieg heil" in a tweet aimed at the left wing group, Media Matters.

Lord joined CNN in 2016, often serving as the token Trump defender on panels with other commentators.

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