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CNN has fired one of its most ardent Trump supporters over a Nazi tweet

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey Lord, a political commentator and supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, was fired by broadcaster CNN Thursday, after the TV pundit used a Nazi salute in a tweet to a liberal activist.

"Nazi salutes are indefensible," CNN said in a statement, according to an article by the network's senior media correspondent. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network."

In interviews after the firing, Lord said his tweet, directed at activist Angelo Carusone, was misunderstood.

"I am mocking people who are using bully tactics in the style of fascists and Nazis to take people off the air, and I am the one who gets taken off the air," he said, according to the New York Times.

Lord joined CNN in July 2015 as paid pro-Trump contributor, the New York Times reported.

Trump, who had recently launched his presidential campaign at the time, suggested Lord as a commentator, the newspaper reported, adding that CNN said it already had been looking at Lord for a role.

During his many appearances on CNN, Lord drew controversy for misleading and outrageous comments.

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