Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon reportedly reached out to Jeffrey Lord following his unceremonious dismissal from serving as CNN’s token Trump supporter.
Reactions have been diverse to CNN’s firing of Lord for tweeting the Nazi salute, “Sieg Heil,” to Media Matters’ president Angelo Carusone, but Bannon has his back.
Lord told Penn Live that the former Breitbart executive reached out to him in a call after the firing, telling Lord to “keep fighting.”
“Absolutely,” was his response.
Lord wouldn’t provide further details on the phone call but said he plans to fight his former employer on grounds they infringed on his First Amendment rights.
As a Trump-supporter, Lord was often outnumbered by opponents on CNN’s political panels. He made a career of fending off a multi-headed attack.
The fight with Carusone started after Lord wrote an opinion piece for the conservative magazine, The American Spectator, that called Media Matters “fascist.” When Carusone saw the piece, she said she couldn’t take it seriously because of an error in the headline, which prompted Lord to respond with the Nazi salute.
When news broke that he was fired from CNN, Lord responded on Twitter by stating: “LOL.”
Lord defended his statement to Penn Live, saying he thinks you should be allowed to “make fun of Nazis.” He also said he was in “serious disagreement” with his former employer and characterized their firing of him as “caving in to Nazi tactics.”
“The notion that you cannot make fun of people who use Nazi tactics — they’re caving to the Nazi tactics,” he said.
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