(Update: CNN has fired Jeffrey Lord for his “Sieg Heil” tweet. Read the full story here.)
Pro-Trump panelist Jeffery Lord tweeted “Sieg Heil,” a Nazi salute, during a Twitter argument Thursday, but said he was trying to mock what he considered the fascism of his adversary.
It was a clumsy rhetorical tactic at best, as many accused Lord of Nazi sympathies.
The exchange came after Lord tweeted a story he had just posted on American Spectator deriding the progressive watchdog group Media Matters as “fascists.”
But Lord had misspelled the name of the president of the group, calling him Angelo “Corusone” instead of “Carusone.”
Carusone responded: “Your headline has a mistake in it. Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don’t take yourself seriously.”
Lord’s two-word response? “Sieg Heil.”
“It’s completely insane,” Carusone told TheWrap. “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,” Carusone said.
The backlash was swift, with many demanding Lord take down the offending message.
“Just in case you decide to delete your tweet later, Nazi-D-bag,” wrote one follower, along with a screen grab of the tweet.
“Why do you oppose mocking Nazis and fascists? Just curious. R U one?” Lord shot back.
In April, Lord was criticized after claiming President Donald Trump was “the Martin Luther King of health care.”
Neither CNN nor Lord responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.