Jenna Ellis defends Disney’s views as ex-Trump lawyer taking conservative fire

Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump, is taking fire from conservatives while she continues to defend Disney’s right to criticize a law in Florida.

Earlier this week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that revoked Disney’s autonomous privileges in the state.

The bill has largely been seen as retaliation for the company’s criticism of Florida’s new law, called “Don’t Say Gay,” by opponents who exclude teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten to third grade.

Jenna Ellis on the set of Candace
Attorney Jenna Ellis is seen on the set of “Candace” on March 31, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Ellis, who was hired by Trump as a legal adviser in 2019 and later part of the legal team that tried to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, has called DeSantis’ actions “over the line” and offered her legal services to Disney.

On Twitter, Ellis has averted criticism from conservatives over her stance.

“You can not be vigilant enough to pacify leftists. It turns out you can not be MAGA enough to pacify the right wing,” she wrote in a tweet Saturday.

In another tweet, she wrote that the “same conservatives who are outraged by the government for trying to punish the Hobby Lobby are now rejoicing that the government is trying to retaliate against Disney for exercising its right to political speech and opposing legislation. The rule can not be “It’s fine when I disagree with the speech.”

Kurt Schlichter, a lawyer and columnist for the conservative site, wrote in a tweet in response to Ellis: “We tried to do nothing. It failed. Your plan is, I guess, to do nothing harder.”

“Which planet do you live on? The hobby lobby and Masterpiece both won,” Ellis replied, citing a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that companies with religious owners could not be ordered to pay for contraceptive insurance coverage, and a 2012 ruling on, that a baker in Colorado. had a constitutional right to refuse to serve a gay couple because of his religious beliefs.

“John MacArthur won. Coach Kennedy goes to SCOTUS on Monday. The wax and mask mandates failed. But whine more about the rules, and while I keep ‘doing nothing’ like winning the $ 800,000 settlement for government 1A violations.”

Ellis previously told Newsweek that DeSantis would likely lose in court if Disney sues him because of the bill that repeals the company’s special status in Florida.

The government can not punish Disney’s “protected speech,” but that is “exactly what the state of Florida is doing,” she said.

Ellis, DeSantis’ office, and Disney have been contacted for further comment.

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