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Uproar Ensues After President Says Former CNN Host Fired For Nazi Salute Is A 'Good Man'

President Donald Trump gave a speech in Pennsylvania on Wednesday to discuss his tax plan. While there, he called out a few people in the audience, one of whom was Jeffrey Lord. Lord, a former CNN host, was fired and shamed because he used a 'Nazi salute' in a tweet. The president was slammed for it, but all may not be as it seems.

The president pointed to Jeffrey Lord, who was attending the event.

“Hi, Jeffrey. The great Jeffrey Lord,” Trump said. "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.”

The liberal media blasted Trump for his comments about Lord. The former CNN host had been fired back in August after tweeting 'Sieg Heil!'

The network immediately fired Lord for his tweet, saying in a statement, “Nazi salutes are indefensible... Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”

Trump is often painted as a 'white supremacist' and 'Nazi sympathizer', so many pointed at the president's friendly shout out to Lord as an example of his racism. There is a little more to Lord's story than a man who simply gave a Nazi salute for no reason, however.

Back in August, Lord was embroiled in an argument on Twitter with Media Matters president Angelo Carusone. Media Matters is a self-appointed 'watchdog group' for Conservative media. Lord had accused the progressive media group of fascism and 're-writing the First Amendment'.

According to Lord, the 'Sieg Heil' comment was in response to Carusone, mocking him.

“I mocked this guy. Mocking Nazis is okay. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. A writer has only a handful of tools in his writer’s box, and mockery is one of them. To suggest that this is anything other than that, to my way of thinking, is caving in. And I’m not going to cave," Lord later said to Entertainment Weekly of his termination.

Lord further compared his mocking of Carusone to Charlie Chaplin's mocking of Adolph Hitler in the 1940 satirical film, 'The Great Dictator'.

The fact is, if Lord had mocked the president, a Republican or a Fox News employee with a ‘Sieg Hail!’ he would have probably gotten applauds and claps on the back from CNN rather than his walking papers. But he mocked the leader of a progressive group, so it was unacceptable. Conservatives are not allowed to call progressives ‘Nazis’, or imply it, even when they’re acting like them; only progressives and liberals are allowed to call conservatives ‘Nazis’.

Lord criticized CNN for not standing up for the First Amendment. “Look, there is nothing personal here. This is about principle. And I just have a very big disagreement with CNN. You’ve got to stand up for the First Amendment. You must do that. I’m sorry that CNN doesn’t feel that way. But in their own fashion, they are illustrating the problem exactly.”

Source: HuffPost
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