Although idiots surround us, seem to be coming out of the woodwork and multiplying exponentially, I have not done an Idiot of the Week post since … well … since my last one! And that was Wayne Allyn Root on 31 May. So, I think it’s about time, don’t you? And as often happens, one dropped right into my lap! I became aware of Jeffrey Lord some time ago and realized he was an idiot, but did nothing to honour him for his idiocy. But today, that all changes! So please welcome this week’s Idiot of the Week, Jeffrey Lord.
Jeffrey Lord, 66 years old, is a political strategist in Pennsylvania, who served as an associate political director in the administration of former United States President Ronald Reagan. He has worked as a political commentator, contributing material to CNN, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, National Review Online, and other mostly right-wing conservative publications. He has appeared as a guest on numerous television and radio programs. He also works as a political consultant for Quantum Communications, a Harrisburg-based political strategy firm. Since 2015, he has been a regular commentator under contract to CNN.
And now let us take a brief look at just a few of the things that qualify Jeffrey for the award …
Certainly anyone who equates Donald Trump to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., deserves this award. One Thursday in April, Lord made a remote appearance on CNN’s New Day show:
“Think of Donald Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care. When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn’t popular and he didn’t have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on so the bill would be introduced.”
Democratic activist Symone Sanders was also on the program, and I loved her response:
“You do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that looked like me were being beaten, dogs were being sicced on them, basic human rights were being withheld from these people merely because of the color of their skin. So let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner—to the vagina-grabbing president, Donald Trump.”
In February 2015, Lord called upon the Republican Party to demand an apology from the Democratic Party for its role in promoting and defending slavery and creating the segregationist Jim Crow system:
“Will President Obama – the leader of the Democratic Party – formally apologize for his party’s role in slavery and Jim Crow? Will the Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate pass resolutions calling on the president to apologize for his party’s role in slavery and Jim Crow?”
In June 2015, Lord wrote an open letter to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then-head of the U.S. Democratic Party, asking her to apologize for her party’s role in Indian removal, in promoting and defending slavery, in Confederate secession, and in creating segregationist Jim Crow regimes. (This guy wants everybody to apologize, doesn’t he?)
In March 2016, during Super Tuesday election night coverage on CNN, conservative commentator S. E. Cupp said she believed Trump had made to attract prejudiced voters because he had hesitated to disavow KKK member David Duke. Lord responded that the KKK many decades earlier had supported Democrats and that the KKK was therefore left wing.
Lord has also written a book published in January 2016 titled What America Needs: The Case for Trump. The plug on Amazon reads …
“In What America Needs, Lord makes a powerful case that Trump—often denigrated even by other Republicans as too outrageous for the White House—is actually exactly the president our country needs right now: one who will reverse the damages done during the Obama administration and do what it takes to make America great again.”
So, we see that Lord is not only an idiot, but one in serious need of psychiatric counseling. But all of that simply leads up to his latest faux pas, one which has cost him his job. It happened during a back-and-forth “tweeter-sation” between Lord and Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog organization. It took only two small words to earn him the proverbial axe:
CNN’s response was swift: “Nazi salutes are indefensible. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.” *
Later, Lord defended himself, saying that he was mocking Media Matters, which he considers to be a fascist organization, and said he has ‘no regrets’ for his words. If there is any remaining doubt in your mind that Mr. Lord is an idiot, guess who came out in support of him after his firing? None other than America’s #1 white supremacist, Steve Bannon, who called Jeffrey to cheer him up after he was fired.
Jeffrey Lord may not be the most idiotic of all the recipients of this award, but nonetheless, he is well-deserving of it. The difference between him and past recipients such as Steve King, Ben Carson and Kellyanne Conway, is that he is an idiot whose message is more chilling, less humorous, than the others. And although CNN has severed ties with him, he has numerous other venues for his brand of hate, as he is still a regular columnist for the American Spectator, a conservative online publication, and others.
And so, Mr. Jeffrey Lord, for your extremist views throughout the years, and your lack of filter for your mouth, and for being an overall jerk, I hereby award you the much-coveted Idiot of the Week award. I’m sure you will find a good spot on your office wall to hang it. Congratulation!
* The argument will be made that Lord’s words are protected by the first amendment, and that is true … he broke no law and will not suffer legal repercussions. However CNN is within its rights to sever the relationship based on its journalistic, moral and humanitarian standards.