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Conservative magazine calls CNN ‘Karen’ for report on Trump aide’s homophobia

Pointing out past homophobic statements isn't that.


Claire Goforth


Published May 18, 2020   Updated May 18, 2020, 12:15 pm CDT

The Spectator, a conservative magazine, is extremely mad at CNN for reporting on one of President Donald Trump’s campaign aide’s past statements, which compared same-sex marriage with bestiality and pedophilia.

One could say the Spectator would like to speak with CNN’s manager.

Last week, CNN”s KFile blog reported that from 2014 until 2019, when she joined Team Trump, Jenna Ellis made numerous statements criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.

In 2016, Ellis, now a senior legal advisor for the campaign, reportedly said, “We are saying any sexual urge is valid. So pedophilia, why is that any different than any other form of love? Love is love, right?”

Also that year, Ellis said of the Supreme Court case, “We’re going to completely ignore what the truth says, what God says, and we’re going to redefine marriage.

“It doesn’t yet impose restrictions on churches or First Amendment privileges, but we’re heading there. And it’s setting the stage for polyamory, bestiality and eventually pedophilia.”

She also reportedly made statements about the “immorality of homosexuality,” likened the same to “deviant sexual behavior,” and complained that the “Biblical worldview” had been replaced by a “secular humanist” one in law. Some of these statements were in her 2015 book, KFile wrote.

In the Spectator’s view, that’s just good Christian behavior.

“Stop the presses!” the Spectator gasped in an article about CNN’s report. “Jenna Ellis … said some Christian things five years ago…”

“Cockburn wonders if the ‘K’ in ‘KFILE’ stands for ‘Karen’.”

“Cockburn,” where the piece ran, is Spectator’s section for “mischief, mayhem and Washington gossip.”

“Karen” has become a slur for privileged women, typically white, who report people, typically Black, for doing completely mundane things like having a picnic in a park.

The piece continued in this vein for a while.

The Spectator was thoroughly mocked for its take on Twitter.

“Just to confirm you are saying comparing consensual people engaging in sex in private to having sex with animals is a Christian position?” said @ReidDA.


KFile reporter Andrew Kaczynski, who co-authored the Ellis story, was also highly amused by the new moniker.

As of press time, the KFile had not opted to take the Spectator’s advice concerning its branding.


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*First Published: May 18, 2020, 12:11 pm CDT