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Former Trump Lawyer Says Colorado Springs Victims Are ‘Reaping the Consequences of Eternal Damnation’

Right-wing media personalities and far-right figures doubled down on anti-LGBT+ rhetoric after a mass shooting inside an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs left five dead and at least 18 injured.

Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Donald Trump, condemned what she characterized as the “leftist narrative” about the shooting that blames Christians who “hate gay and transgender individuals” and “somehow that ‘hatred’ led to the shooting”.

However, on the same Tuesday broadcast of her The Jenna Ellis Show, she alleges that the five people who were killed inside Club Q gave “no evidence that they were Christians” and that they “are now reaping the consequences of eternal damnation”.

“And this is much, much bigger – we should be having this conversation,” she added. “Instead of just the tragedy of what happened to the body, we need to talk about what happened to the soul and the fact that they are now in eternal separation from our lord and savior Jesus Christ.”

His comments added to a chorus of comments from right-wing media and far-right influencers that amplified inflammatory anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric even after the mass shooting, echoing a wave of politicized harassment directed at LGBT+ people in the weeks and months. that preceded it.

Ellis, who amplified the former president’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, has been ordered to appear before a grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to illegally interfere with the election’s outcome. After her legal team’s spurious attempts to reject the results, she repeatedly invoked Christianity to attack LGBT+ people.

She addressed the criticism on Twitter, asking “How am I judging them?”

“The Bible says that if anyone does not repent of their sins and accept Christ as Lord, they will not be saved,” she added. “I said there is no evidence that these [five] were saved, so *assuming* they weren’t, they are now eternally separated from Christ. Listen to what I really said.

This week, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson hosted a guest who said the mass shootings would continue “until we end this evil agenda” of gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Mr. Carlson also mentioned several children’s hospitals that have received bomb threats for providing gender-affirming care.

On Wednesday, he tried to discredit a journalist who warned against anti-LGBT+ rhetoric in right-wing media and raised an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg “hid” and “lied” about being gay.

Conservative Activist Rob Smith also appeared on Fox Business this week, saying that as a gay man he used to visit Club Q when he lived in Colorado Springs. But he was critical of what he called a “contingent of far-left LGBT activists who will trample the blood of these corpses to further their agenda” as right-wing figures.”[speak] against drag queen stories, against the sexualization and grooming of children”.

Right-wing media and activists have falsely confused drag performance with sexual acts and have used the term “grooming” or “groomer” to falsely vilify LGBT+ people and their advocates as pedophiles.

Smith also warned viewers against reassessing their prejudices and to resist “emotional blackmail”.[ed] … to think that the tragedy that happened is somehow your fault because you spoke out against it.

anti-trans activist and daily wire contributor Matt Walsh also claimed that “the left” is trying to “blackmail us into accepting child abuse” and accused people who connect anti-LGBT+ rhetoric with the mass shootings as “demented freaks”.

He posted a video to his 1.9 million YouTube subscribers titled “Why Is The Left So Desperate To Expose Children To Drag Queens,” asking “if it’s causing so much chaos and violence, why do you insist on continuing to do this? … Is it so hard not to cross-dress in front of children? Is the compulsion so overwhelming?

To his 1.4 million Twitter followers, right-wing influencer Tim Pool unfoundedly claimed that “Club Q had a grooming event” and asked “how [sic] prevent violence and end grooming?”

In the aftermath of Saturday night’s massacre, the Colorado Springs LGBT+ community and city officials pledged to support the victims and their families. Mayor John Suthers said the city is “determined to ensure that the actions of a lone gunman do not define our community.”

ONE report from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) found 124 incidents of anti-LGBT+ protests and threats at 47 drag events so far this year.

Most of these incidents occurred during Pride events in June and September, October and November.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, has criticized right-wing media for the continued demonization of LGBT+ people in right-wing media.

“No one is holding them responsible for all the misinformation they are spreading, but we need to prove that we are not what they say we are.” she told NBC News.

A separate report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino found that reports of hate crimes against LGBT+ people in major cities increased by 51% in 2021.

Right-wing media personalities and far-right figures doubled down on anti-LGBT+ rhetoric after a mass shooting inside an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs left five dead and at least 18 injured.

Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Donald Trump, condemned what she characterized as the “leftist narrative” about the shooting that blames Christians who “hate gay and transgender individuals” and “somehow that ‘hatred’ led to the shooting”.

However, on the same Tuesday broadcast of her The Jenna Ellis Show, she alleges that the five people who were killed inside Club Q gave “no evidence that they were Christians” and that they “are now reaping the consequences of eternal damnation”.

“And this is much, much bigger – we should be having this conversation,” she added. “Instead of just the tragedy of what happened to the body, we need to talk about what happened to the soul and the fact that they are now in eternal separation from our lord and savior Jesus Christ.”

His comments added to a chorus of comments from right-wing media and far-right influencers that amplified inflammatory anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric even after the mass shooting, echoing a wave of politicized harassment directed at LGBT+ people in the weeks and months. that preceded it.

Ellis, who amplified the former president’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, has been ordered to appear before a grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to illegally interfere with the election’s outcome. After her legal team’s spurious attempts to reject the results, she repeatedly invoked Christianity to attack LGBT+ people.

She addressed the criticism on Twitter, asking “How am I judging them?”

“The Bible says that if anyone does not repent of their sins and accept Christ as Lord, they will not be saved,” she added. “I said there is no evidence that these [five] were saved, so *assuming* they weren’t, they are now eternally separated from Christ. Listen to what I really said.

This week, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson hosted a guest who said the mass shootings would continue “until we end this evil agenda” of gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Mr. Carlson also mentioned several children’s hospitals that have received bomb threats for providing gender-affirming care.

On Wednesday, he tried to discredit a journalist who warned against anti-LGBT+ rhetoric in right-wing media and raised an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg “hid” and “lied” about being gay.

Conservative Activist Rob Smith also appeared on Fox Business this week, saying that as a gay man he used to visit Club Q when he lived in Colorado Springs. But he was critical of what he called a “contingent of far-left LGBT activists who will trample the blood of these corpses to further their agenda” as right-wing figures.”[speak] against drag queen stories, against the sexualization and grooming of children”.

Right-wing media and activists have falsely confused drag performance with sexual acts and have used the term “grooming” or “groomer” to falsely vilify LGBT+ people and their advocates as pedophiles.

Smith also warned viewers against reassessing their prejudices and to resist “emotional blackmail”.[ed] … to think that the tragedy that happened is somehow your fault because you spoke out against it.

anti-trans activist and daily wire contributor Matt Walsh also claimed that “the left” is trying to “blackmail us into accepting child abuse” and accused people who connect anti-LGBT+ rhetoric with the mass shootings as “demented freaks”.

He posted a video to his 1.9 million YouTube subscribers titled “Why Is The Left So Desperate To Expose Children To Drag Queens,” asking “if it’s causing so much chaos and violence, why do you insist on continuing to do this? … Is it so hard not to cross-dress in front of children? Is the compulsion so overwhelming?

To his 1.4 million Twitter followers, right-wing influencer Tim Pool unfoundedly claimed that “Club Q had a grooming event” and asked “how [sic] prevent violence and end grooming?”

In the aftermath of Saturday night’s massacre, the Colorado Springs LGBT+ community and city officials pledged to support the victims and their families. Mayor John Suthers said the city is “determined to ensure that the actions of a lone gunman do not define our community.”

ONE report from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) found 124 incidents of anti-LGBT+ protests and threats at 47 drag events so far this year.

Most of these incidents occurred during Pride events in June and September, October and November.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, has criticized right-wing media for the continued demonization of LGBT+ people in right-wing media.

“No one is holding them responsible for all the misinformation they are spreading, but we need to prove that we are not what they say we are.” she told NBC News.

A separate report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino found that reports of hate crimes against LGBT+ people in major cities increased by 51% in 2021.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org