The former president’s attorney, Jenna Ellis, is facing criminal charges related to attempted election subversion that resulted in Joe Biden’s victory over him in 2020. Ellis claims that Trump is a “malignant narcissist” who is incapable of accepting responsibility for his faults, and she will not support him going forward.
Ellis declared, “I simply can’t support him for elected office again.” “Why I have chosen to distance is because of that frankly malignant narcissistic tendency to simply say that he’s never done anything wrong.”
Speaking on her program on American Family Radio, the 38-year-old Ellis was addressing the conservative evangelical network operated by the American Family Association, a nonprofit organization that claims to have been “on the frontlines of America’s culture war” since 1977.
Ellis was among the eighteen Trump aides indicted alongside him in Georgia for alleged attempts to void Biden’s win in that state. Accused of breaking anti-racketeering statutes in the state and encouraging a public official to break an oath, she was given $100,000 bail and entered a not guilty plea.
On thirteen counts of conspiracy and racketeering, Trump entered a not guilty plea.
Denying all wrongdoing and claiming political persecution, he is also facing civil cases involving a $250 million lawsuit brought by the New York attorney general over his business affairs and a defamation suit stemming from a rape allegation a judge found to be “substantially true,” in addition to four federal counts related to election subversion, forty federal counts related to the retention of classified information, and 34 state counts in New York over hush-money payments.
Nevertheless, Trump is far ahead in national and important state polls pertaining to the Republican presidential primary in 2024.
Ellis’s claims to be a constitutional lawyer have been largely questioned. Ellis is a former attorney for the conservative Catholic organization Thomas More Society.
Reportedly, Ellis was “a lawyer whom Trump sought out after seeing her television commentary” by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. In 2020, Ellis emerged from relative obscurity to join what she dubbed a “elite strike force team” that was attempting to reverse Trump’s defeat by Biden.
It wasn’t successful. In December of last year, Ellis signed on with American Family Radio. She had a conversation with another right-wing host, Steve Deace, on her show on Thursday.
“Before that man [Trump] needs to be president again,” Deace stated. [to] avoid the, quote-unquote, “witch-hunts,” where man once more requires Jesus because—spoil alert—exhibiting some self-awareness would feed his desires. In addition, he refuses to acknowledge that he is not God.
Deace had “exactly articulated exactly how I as a voter feel,” according to Ellis. She added that she had a close friendship and professional relationship with Trump, adding, “I have great love and respect for him personally.”
“However, I completely agree with everything you just said, which is why I am unable to continue to support him for public office. That, quite frankly, malignant narcissistic inclination to just assert that he’s never done anything wrong is why I’ve decided to distance myself from him.
“And the total idolatry that I’m seeing from some of the supporters that are unwilling to put the constitution and the country and the conservative principles above their love for a star is really troubling.
“And I think that we do need to, as Americans and as conservatives and particularly as Christians, take this very seriously and understand where are we putting our vote.”