Just hours after Jeffrey Lord — President Donald Trump’s most dedicated cable news apologist — was fired from his gig as a CNN commentator, he got a call from White House strategist Steve Bannon.
According to a report in Penn Live, Bannon was one of the first people to call Lord following his firing, who said the controversial White House staffer called to voice support for his “no apology tour.”
Lord was canned after he tweeted “Sieg Heil!” to Media Matters president Angelo Carusone. 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.”
After the Nazi salute tweet sparked something of a Twitter storm, the former CNN commentator followed up by arguing that it was intended to mock “liberal fascists.”
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
Penn Live reported that Lord was in his Camp Hill living room when he received the call from Bannon, which was “one of numerous calls Thursday night.” Reporter Candy Woodall wrote that “Lord was noticeably more confident after he said the White House adviser encouraged him to keep fighting.”
While Lord did not reveal exactly what the two discussed, Woodall wrote that he “gave a quick series of answers to Bannon, ultimately noting there was a reporter in the house and he needed some time to consider his options before strategizing.”
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