Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump, is being shot by conservatives as she continues to defend Disney’s right to criticize a Florida law.
Earlier this week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill revoking Disney’s self-government privileges in the state.
The bill was widely seen as retribution for the company’s criticism of Florida’s new law, dubbed “Don’t Say Gay” by opponents, which bans career education sexuality and gender identity from kindergarten to third grade.
Ellis, who was hired by Trump as legal counsel in 2019 and later a member of the legal team that tried to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, called DeSantis’ actions “over the top line” and offered his legal services to Disney.
On Twitter, Ellis pushed back against conservative criticism of her stance.
“You can’t be woke enough to pacify the leftists. Turns out you can’t be MAGA enough to pacify the right,” she wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
In another tweet, she wrote that “the same conservatives upset with the government for trying to punish Hobby Lobby are now applauding the government trying to retaliate against Disney for exercising political speech and opposing legislation. The rule can’t be ‘It’s okay when I disagree with the speech. “”
Kurt Schlichter, a lawyer and columnist for conservative site townhall.com, wrote in a tweet responding to Ellis: “We tried to do nothing. It failed. Your plan is, I guess, to do nothing harder .”
“What planet do you live on? Hobby Lobby and Masterpiece both won,” Ellis replied, referring to a 2014 US Supreme Court ruling that corporations with religious owners cannot be held liable. to pay for birth control insurance coverage and a 2012 ruling that a Colorado baker had the constitutional right to refuse to serve a same-sex couple because of their religious beliefs.
“John MacArthur won. Coach Kennedy goes to SCOTUS on Monday. Vax and mask warrants failed. But whine more about the rules and while I keep ‘doing nothing’ like winning 800,000 settlements $ for 1A government violations.”
Ellis already said Newsweek that DeSantis stands to lose in court if Disney sues him over the bill revoking the company’s special status in Florida.
The government can’t punish Disney’s “protected speech,” but that’s “exactly what the state of Florida is doing,” she said.
Ellis, DeSantis’ office and Disney have been contacted for further comment.