CNN’s pro-Donald Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord imploded during the network's June 7 election coverage. Media figures from across the political spectrum criticized Lord -- possibly “the stupidest person to ever appear on CNN“ -- and called out the network for airing a “complete freak show” that allowed “the insanity of Jeffrey Lord to overshadow reporting on the election.”
CNN hired Lord after Trump recommended him to the news network. His pro-Trump CNN commentary has been so inaccurate and ridiculous that his own colleagues have called him out for carrying Trump's “fetid water every day.”
Lord was part of CNN’s political coverage of the June 7 election results, during which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic presidential nomination. During the appearance, Lord embarrassed himself by defending Trump’s racist attacks against Judge Gonzalo Curiel. As Vox.com summarized, Lord “offered up a series of increasingly convoluted attempts to justify Trump's comments, saying that the judge was the real racist for … belonging to a Hispanic lawyers group, and Trump was striking a blow for anti-racism by pointing it out.”
The rest of CNN’s panel harshly criticized Lord’s pro-Trump claims. On Twitter, media figures called the coverage a “complete freak show,” “buffoonish comedy,” “absurd,” and “insanity” that overshadows “reporting on the election.” They also called Lord “the most grotesque person on television,” “a nutcase,” possibly “the stupidest person to ever appear on CNN,” and called on CNN to dump Lord now that the primaries are ending.
Here are over 30 tweets about the coverage from last night:
CNN panel discussion tonight is complete freak show, with Trumpite Jeffrey Lord saying absurd stuff and seven people rolling eyes.
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) June 8, 2016
Jeffrey Lord's argument is so circuitous and inane it's overpowered my ability to effectively mock it.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 8, 2016
Dear CNN: Now that the primaries are almost over, please dump the candidate-specific “analysts.” Nobody needs to hear from Jeffrey Lord.
— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) June 8, 2016
CNN really needs to reevaluate the news value of Jeffrey Lord.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 8, 2016
The buffoonish comedy on display on @cnn thanks to Jeffrey Lord illustrates problem with trying to maintain “balance” w/Trump in race.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 8, 2016
Odd watching Jeffrey Lord audition for Fox News live on CNN.
— Stefan Becket (@becket) June 8, 2016
Why does CNN allow the insanity of Jeffrey Lord to overshadow reporting on the election? And, even worse, why am I watching CNN?
— Ken Rudin (@kenrudin) June 8, 2016
Jeffrey Lord is the printer from “Office Space.” The rest of the CNN panel is the office workers.
— Daniel M. Jimenez (@DMJreports) June 8, 2016
. @secupp just destroyed Jeffrey Lord. “If Republicans are supposed to be colorblind then why is Trump first to bring up this judge is Mex”
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 8, 2016
I think it's possible that Jeffrey Lord is the stupidest person to ever appear on CNN.
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) June 8, 2016
I would like to be in the meetings at CNN where they continually decide “We definitely need to keep inviting Jeffrey Lord back."
— Chris Wilson (@realchriswilson) June 8, 2016
— Tim Buckley (@TimBuckleyWX) June 8, 2016
Somebody buy Jeffrey Lord a drink.
— Rick Folbaum (@RickFolbaum) June 8, 2016
Anyone considering being a Trump surrogate is probably watching the Jeffrey Lord pinata show on CNN right now & crossing themselves off list
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) June 8, 2016
During the commercial break, CNN’s best producers are re-assembling Jeffrey Lord from the various shreds they find around the set.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) June 8, 2016
Jeffrey Lord is establishing himself as the Tariq Aziz of this election year.
— david maraniss (@davidmaraniss) June 8, 2016
Whatever Jeffrey Lord is getting paid, it is not enough. pic.twitter.com/yHBwhIUDqN
— Mark Arum (@MarkArum) June 8, 2016
Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord is like the mole in a Whack-a-Mole game on the @CNN pundit panel tonight. And he's getting whacked a lot.
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) June 8, 2016
CNN's Jeffrey Lord is a nutcase. Period. https://t.co/eUTCH8ZFsn
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 8, 2016
Lords who could do better on CNN than Jeffrey Lord: Deep Purple organist Jon; Hawaii 5-0 actor Jack; songwriter Mary Lou; architect Austin
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) June 8, 2016
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) June 8, 2016
i need a thunder shirt for watching CNN debates with Jeffrey Lord
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) June 8, 2016
Jeffrey Lord, CNN’s paid Trump supporter, is the most grotesque person on television. https://t.co/NsMMmueZ5G
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) June 8, 2016
I gave CNN a shot. Then I saw Jeffrey Lord. I now go back to watching Little Giants.
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) June 8, 2016
Jeffrey Lord should give Inarticulacy Lessons for people who should talk less and smile more https://t.co/1cDzl10Rbu
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 8, 2016
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 8, 2016
— stephen cvengros (@stephencvengros) June 8, 2016
Reminder: Jeffrey Lord said the KKK was the armed wing of the Democratic Party on CNN, which later billed his comments as a “debate on race”
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) June 7, 2016
Is his name Jeffrey Lord or are people just always saying “Jeffrey, Lord...”
— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) June 8, 2016
None of this ridiculous nonsense happening on CNN right now is Jeffrey Lord's fault. This is all CNN's fault.
— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) June 8, 2016
What was Jeffrey Lord's name before he turned to evil? pic.twitter.com/G96zCBmViW
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) June 8, 2016