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Jeffrey Lord Is Arguing He Tweeted That Nazi Salute Ironically

Conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord tweeted "Sieg Heil!" to the leader of a liberal news organization.
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Jeffrey Lord Is Arguing He Tweeted That Nazi Salute Ironically

CNN fired commentator Jeffrey Lord for tweeting out a Nazi salute — but the conservative commentator argues the tweet was ironic.

Lord initially tweeted "Sieg Heil!" at Angelo Carusone, president of the left-leaning Media Matters for America. Lord later claimed he was "mocking Nazis and Fascists." 

That excuse obviously wasn't enough for CNN. A spokesperson for the company said, "Nazi salutes are indefensible." 

But that doesn't stop people on the far-right from using them. Sometimes it's been done seriously by groups like the National Socialist Movement, but others have argued Nazi symbolism was "done in a spirit of irony." 

The word "fascism" was used so often during Trump's presidential campaign that it was even named Merriam-Webster's "Word of the Year" for 2015.  

The word has been used by both liberals and conservatives to describe the other side — especially when activists claim they are being silenced.