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Jeffrey Lord Says ‘CNN Caved on the First Amendment’

Following his removal from CNN, Jeffrey Lord spoke with the Associated Press on Thursday evening, mere hours after his ousting, to discuss the matter.

“I want to make something very clear. I have nothing but respect, affection and love for CNN. I think the world of CNN,” Lord began, continuing by saying that they are “terrific people and serious people.”

Lord was removed from his position with the cable news network after tweeting “Seig Heil!” at Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters.

CNN claimed that “Nazi salutes are indefensible” and promptly removed Lord from his position as a commentator for the network.

For his part, Lord claimed that his use of the slogan was not an endorsement or support of Nazi beliefs, but instead was used to mock Media Matters for their use of boycotts to get media sponsors to pull out of certain programming.

“I believe in a writer’s toolbox there are several ways you deal with people,” Lord said, doubling down on his explanation. “One of them is to mock them.”

The conservative commentator continued, calling himself a “Frist Amendment fundamentalist” and claiming that “CNN caved on the First Amendment of all things.”

Having only just started with CNN in August of 2015, Lord admitted to not knowing what his next move were. Lord claimed, however, that he would not stop standing up for First Amendment rights, regardless of where he lands.