These post-election days it’s almost impossible to avoid Jenna Ellis. As one of Donald Trump’s most ardent public defenders since joining his campaign last year, Ellis appears constantly on Fox to defend the president and push the narrative that a massive conspiracy has robbed her boss of a second term.
But while she may now be totally on board the Trump hypocrisy train, it wasn’t all that long ago that Ellis had nothing but disdain for the man. CNN’s KFile review of her past statements on Facebook and in local radio appearances in Colorado reveal that she was stridently opposed to the prospect of Trump becoming president.
Ellis is an attorney and former law professor. As recently as the 2016 election she repeatedly dubbed Trump an “idiot, “boorish and arrogant” and a “bully” whose words could not be trusted to be accurate. Way back when she said Trump’s comments about women were “disgusting,” he was not a “real Christian” and his values were “not American.” She had nothing but praise for Mitt Romney when he was speaking out against Trump during the Republican primaries and even referred to the president as “Drumpf,” the nickname coined by comedian John Oliver after it came to light that a Trump ancestor had changed the family surname from Drumpf to Trump.
“Why should we rest our highest office in America on a man who fundamentally goes back and forth and really cannot be trusted to be consistent or accurate in anything,” she said in a 2016 radio appearance.
In March of that same year she wrote this on Facebook: “I could spend a full-time job just responding to the ridiculously illogical, inconsistent, and blatantly stupid arguments supporting Trump. But here’s the thing: his supporters DON’T CARE about facts or logic. They aren’t seeking truth. Trump probably could shoot someone in the middle of NYC and not lose support.”
In response to CNN’s report today Ellis said, “It’s no secret that I did not support Donald Trump early in the primary process in 2015, like many others who didn’t know him, and I’ve always been straightforward with my opinions and I’ve always admitted when my opinion changes. I am glad to have learned that I was completely wrong about Trump back then and I’ve said that over and over publicly, as I saw him keeping his promises, and then eventually getting to know him personally.”
These days on social media Ellis’s tone is markedly different about all things Trump.
You media morons are all laughing at @RudyGiuliani, but he appears to have already established a great rapport with the judge, who is currently offering recommendations on martini bars for Team Trump in open court.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 17, 2020