Jeffrey Lord joined CNN back in August as a political commentator, doing hits to defend GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
In a must-read piece by Erik Wemple of the Washington Post, however, Lord explains just how he (thinks) got hired.
According to Wemple’s account, either Trump or a staffer complained to CNN that CNN featured Jeb Bush friendly-analysis and that they should seek someone to offer Trump-friendly analysis. So then, the Trump campaign recommended Jeffrey Lord — and the rest is history.
Asked if he actually likes Trump, he replied, “Oh yeah, if my heart weren’t in it, I wouldn’t do it. I genuinely like him. I think he’s terrific. I think he’s a good human being.”
But, and this may be the most interesting tidbit, Lord’s contract with the network only runs through December 31 — and, as Wemple rightly asks, could this mean Zucker thinks Trump’s facade of running for president will be over by then? Lord denies that, “No.”