A good rule of thumb for the working world is to avoid associating yourself with Nazism in any way, but it seems like conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord didn’t get that memo. Lord was fired by CNN after tweeting out “Sieg Heil” on Thursday night during a Twitter spat.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” the network said in a statement, according to The Wrap. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
Lord has not yet given an official response to the incident, but he did tweet out “LOL!” shortly after news of his firing went public.
Lord’s original tweet was in response to an argument with Media Matters president Angelo Carusone.
The argument occurred after Lord tweeted out his story on American Spectator where he labeled the progressive group as present-day “fascists” and said its leadership are “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
As you can see above, Carusone quickly responded to Lord’s tweet. He later told TheWrap: “It’s completely insane. I’m just as bewildered as everyone else. It’s completely bizarre.
“If your entire criticism is that everyone is a fascist or a Nazi then you probably shouldn’t use the Nazi victory salute in order to make your argument.”
Lord’s tweet was met with a quick and critical response from users with many calling for his ouster from the network.
Lord took the time to defend his tweet and his position in a series of responses to Twitter users.
This isn’t the first time Lord’s comments have stirred up controversy. In April, he was mocked for saying President Donald Trump was “the Martin Luther King of health care.”