Trump’s Newest Legal Adviser Is An Anti-LGBT Fox News Guest
Jenna Ellis is nowhere near a household name, nor is she well-known among the most prominent members of Trumpworld, but the conservative writer apparently caught the eye of President Donald Trump earlier this year and is now his newest legal adviser.
According to The Daily Beast, White House and Trump campaign officials were unfamiliar with Ellis prior to October, saying she “literally came out of nowhere.”
But the constitutional law attorney, who has worked as the policy director for the James Dobson Family Institute, “has quickly gone from relative obscurity to talking directly with the president about politics and impeachment.”
In fact, The Daily Beast reported that Ellis had a hand in Trump’s recent six-page rant to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which the president claimed that “more due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials” than he has received during impeachment proceedings.
“I reviewed [the letter]…but it’s 100 percent him. It’s perfect,” Ellis told PJ Media last week.
Axios reported in November that Ellis’ official job is "senior legal adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign and to the president,” and Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany could not be more thrilled with her addition to the team.
McEnany told The Daily Beast: “Jenna is an accomplished legal mind and a valuable asset to the President and campaign team. She is a strong advocate for the President and provides compelling legal analysis. We are thrilled she is on the team.”
As for Trump himself, the president appears to be thrilled with Ellis as well, earning the attorney several tweets from Trump’s official Twitter account.
Her thoughts on impeachment and the Constitution are heavily influenced by her evangelical Christian beliefs, The Daily Beast noted. Most of Ellis’ writings involve the intersection of politics and faith, perhaps most notably surrounding LGBT issues.
“Much of her recent fire as a legal commentator has been aimed at the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide,” The Daily Beast wrote. “And while she couches those arguments in legal terms, Ellis has also exhibited some general antipathy to the gay community.”
In one of her books, Ellis complains that the Supreme Court decision “told the LGBT community that their homosexual lifestyle was not just legal privately, but morally validated openly through government recognition and social celebration and therefore equally as valued as heterosexual unions.”
And following the 2015 shooting at the Pulse nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando, Ellis wrote a column complainging that while the loss of 49 people was tragic, the indicent was being used to dignifiy homosexuality.
“I’m disappointed conservatives are acquiescing to the LGBT agenda,” Ellis wrote. “Let me be clear—the Orlando shooting was absolutely terrible and tragic. But the response to this tragedy should not be embracing and advocating for gay rights.”