Jenna Ellis, a former senior legal advisor to Donald Trump, is drawing furious backlash for her hateful comments about Saturday’s mass shooting at the The. Club Q gay nightclub in Colorado.
The attack on Colorado Springs left five people dead and 18 more injured. It occurred amid a campaign of conservative media and politicians to demonize transgender people and drag queens, and pass hostile legislation that targets the LGBTQ community. This fear campaign coincides with a spike in anti-LGBTQ harassmentViolence, threats and murder. The suspect in the murders is facing hate crime and murder charges.
In an episode of her podcast this week, Ellis suggested that the victims of the shooting deserved to die because they weren’t, in her eyes, Christian.
“Even more tragic than untimely death, is that the five people who were killed in the nightclub that night, there is no evidence at all that they were Christians,” The far-right lawyer said. “And so assuming that they had not accepted the truth of the Gospel of Christ and affirmed Jesus Christ as the lord of their life, they are now reaping the consequences of having eternal damnation.”
Ellis, also a right-wing media pundit, played a top role in Trump’s failed legal push to overturn the 2020 presidential election and most recently worked as a legal adviser to extremist Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania, who lost. Her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric goes back many years.
One 2017 Facebook Post recorded by Media MattersShe wrote, for instance: “Whether or not homosexuals are nice, wise people, or misunderstood, or mean is not the issue. … Sin is always sin, even if nice people commit it.”
After the Orlando Pulse massacre of 2016, in which 49 people were killed, and 53 others were injured, she expressed her disappointment. “conservatives are acquiescing to the LGBT agenda.”
“The Orlando shooting was absolutely terrible and tragic. But the response to this tragedy should not be embracing and advocating for gay rights,” she said after the deadly attack on the gay nightclub.
She was born earlier this week. criticized Because it encompassed each of the Club Q victims’ pronouns when sharing their identities.
Right-wing figures refuted accusations that their rhetoric created an environment for anti-LGBTQ violent behavior in the aftermath of the attack. Instead, they accused critics of “politicizing” The tragedy is not over doubling down Their false narratives dehumanizing the community as well as its allies.
Following clips of Ellis, Ellis received online condemnation. Club Q Commentaries are circulated.
In response to the outcry, Ellis insisted she doesn’t have anything against gay and trans people, just anyone she deems not to be Christian enough.
“I am concerned for ANYONE and EVERYONE who is not saved,” She tweeted. “The point isn’t that these people were gay/trans, but that there is no evidence they were saved. Y’all need church.”