CNN on Thursday fired contributor and staunch Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord after he tweeted a Nazi salute.

"Nazi salutes are indefensible," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network."

Lord sent the tweet as part of a back-and-forth with Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a prominent liberal group.

Lord, who was an early pro-Donald Trump commentator on the network, later said on Twitter that he sent the tweet to mock "Nazis and fascists."

Carusone has called for Lord’s firing in the past. Lord has in turn been critical of Carusone and the liberal group, saying they were playing "a fascist game" by supporting ad boycotts of Fox News host Sean Hannity.


Cristiano Lima contributed to this report.