According to The Guardian, Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for Donald Trump who is currently facing criminal charges related to attempted election subversion in Georgia, has publicly declared that she will not vote for the former president in the future. Ellis cited Trump’s “malignant narcissistic tendency” and his inability to admit mistakes as reasons for her decision.
Ellis made these remarks on her show on American Family Radio, a right-wing evangelical network associated with the American Family Association, a nonprofit organization deeply involved in cultural and political issues.
”I simply can’t support him for elected office again,” Ellis said. “Why I have chosen to distance is because of that frankly malignant narcissistic tendency to simply say that he’s never done anything wrong.”
She is one of the 18 Trump associates who were charged in Georgia for their involvement in attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Ellis herself faces charges of violating state anti-racketeering laws and solicitation of violation of an oath by a public officer. She pleaded not guilty and was granted $100,000 bail.
Donald Trump, who is also facing multiple legal challenges, including federal charges related to election subversion, leads in polling for the 2024 Republican presidential primary by wide margins.
Jenna Ellis, previously a counsel for the conservative Catholic group Thomas More Society, rose to prominence in 2020 as part of what she called an “elite strike force team” working to overturn Trump’s electoral defeat. Her efforts, however, were unsuccessful.
On her recent radio show appearance, Ellis discussed her concerns about Trump’s inability to acknowledge wrongdoing and the idolatry of some of his supporters. She emphasized the importance of voters, especially conservatives and Christians, prioritizing constitutional principles and the country above their allegiance to a political figure.
Ellis’s decision not to support Trump for future elected office highlights the divisions within the Republican Party, where Trump continues to exert significant influence despite facing numerous legal challenges and criticism from some former allies.
“Before that man [Trump] needs to be president again … [to] escape the quote-unquote, ‘witch-hunts’, that man needs Jesus again because … his ambitions would be fueled by showing some self-awareness. And he won’t do it because he can’t admit, ‘I’m not God.’”
Ellis said Deace had “perfectly articulated exactly how I as a voter feel”. She knew Trump well “as a friend, as a former boss”, she said, adding: “I have great love and respect for him personally.
“But everything that you just said resonates with me as exactly why 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.
“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.”