Ex-Trump lawyer says Colorado Springs victims ‘are reaping the consequences of having eternal damnation’

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

Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Donald Trump, condemned what she called a “left-wing narrative” about the shooting that blames Christians who “hate gay and transgender individuals” and “somehow this ‘hate’ led to the shooting.”

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

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

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

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

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

“The Bible says that if someone does not repent of their sin and accept Christ as Lord, they are not saved,” he added. “I said there is no evidence of that [five] they were saved, so *assuming* they weren’t, they are now eternally separated from Christ. Hear what I really said.”

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

On Wednesday, he sought to discredit a reporter who warned against anti-LBGBT+ rhetoric in right-wing media and floated a baseless conspiracy theory that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was “hiding” and “lying” about being gay .

Conservative activist Rob Smith also appeared on Fox Business this week, saying that as a gay man he frequented Club Q when he lived in Colorado Springs. But he criticized what he called a “contingent of far-left LGBT activists who will step on the blood of these corpses to push their agenda” as right-wing figures.[speak] against drag queen story hours, against sexualization and children’s hairdressing”.

The media and right-wing activists have falsely conflated drag performance with sex acts and used the term “grooming” or “groomer” to falsely smear LGBT+ people and their advocates as peophiles.

Smith also warned viewers not to reevaluate their prejudices and to resist being “emotionally blackmailed.”[ed] … making you think that the tragedy that happened is somehow your fault because you spoke out against it.”

Anti-trans activist and daily thread 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 mass shootings as “insane.”

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

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

In the wake of Saturday night’s massacre, Colorado Springs’ LGBT+ community and city officials have pledged support for 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.”

A report by the Gay and 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 the Pride events in June and in September, October and November.

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

“Nobody’s holding them accountable for all the misinformation they’re spreading, but then we have to prove that we’re not who they say we are,” he 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 .


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