When Trump attacked the mayor of London immediately following a terrorist attack on that city, Lord defended the president and went a step further. He claimed Trump would be justified in going after Ariana Grande. When pressed, he also said the British prime minister would have been justified in attacking the mayor of Orlando after that city was attacked, and said the same about the Pakistani prime minister attacking Rudy Giuliani after 9/11:
Anderson Cooper’s response was the only appropriate one: “Where’s your basic human decency?”
He also defended the president’s baseless, borderline delusional claim that President Obama wiretapped him during the campaign as an example of a charming use of “Americanese.”
Lord would also use false and misleading historical parallels in Trump’s defense, like when he said the Ku Klux Klan were “liberals” because they were Democrats—and therefore liberals are The Real Racists—when fellow contributor Van Jones raised concerns about Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on the campaign trail:
Lord’s shameless defense of literally anything Trump said or did got to the point that Anderson Cooper, the straight-laced Silver Fox who sat through a whole bunch of bullshit through a two-year campaign, began asking Lord point blank if there was anything Trumpian he wouldn’t defend:
Cooper even got more specific:
Lord and people like him are a disease in the body politic. In all likelihood, he does not actually care about Trump, or politics, or policy, or how it all affects people. He is simply a performer, an actor who goes out on set to play his role in Zucker’s little drama. It is high time these networks got rid of these nihilistic controversy merchants and found some people who actually give a shit to debate the issues of the day.
At CNN, they have a fine opportunity: Kayleigh McEnany and many of the other reactionary Trump defenders have departed the network. Now Lord has also finally slithered back from whence he came—though he’ll likely pop up again somewhere. It would take addressing the true moral tenor of our discourse to excise him from it. In the meantime, CNN has an opportunity, and an obligation, to redeem itself for allowing him to spew his pointless vitriol on their airwaves for as long as he did.