On Saturday night, A gunman opened fire at LGBTQ+ nightclub Club Q. The gunman was disarmed and butchered by heroic well-wishers, including an army veteran who went into “combat mode” and helped save “dozens and dozens of lives.” Tragically, the attack killed at least five people and injured 25 others and was described by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers as having “all the hallmarks of a hate crime,” although he added that an official motive “is still under investigation.”
In the wake of the shooting, conservatives doubled down on their anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, including former Donald Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis. In a description for her Tuesday episode of The Jenna Ellis Show, Ellis attempts to address what she calls “the narrative of the left,” which refers to “Christians hate gay and transgender people and somehow that ‘hate’ led to the shootings.” The description then draws an irrational parallel between abortion and the Colorado shooting, asking, “Why are leftists not as angry at the murder of unborn children as they are at the murder of LGBTQ people?”
In the episode, however, she directly points out that the five people who were killed that night “had absolutely no evidence whatsoever that they were Christians” and that “they are now reaping the consequences of eternal damnation… We should have this conversation.” lead.” Ellis continues, “Instead of the righteous tragedy of what happened to the body, we need to speak about what happened to the soul and the fact that it is now in eternal separation from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ , are.”
Earlier this year, Ellis was ordered to appear before a grand jury investigating whether Trump and others illegally attempted to influence the outcome of the 2020 election. Since then, however, she has spent much of her time attacking the LGBTQ+ community on social media, including a social post in which she appeared to equate gay men with monkeypox.
Trump’s ex-lawyer repeats the use of inflammatory rhetoric against the LGBTQ community both before and after the Colorado Springs killings. On Monday, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson condemned the shooting, but four minutes into his 14-minute monologue, a graphic caption “Stop sexualizing children” appeared on the screen as he accused the left of “maiming” and ” to have been sexualized”.
Tim Pool, a conservative YouTuber and podcast host with 1.4million followers on Twitter, seemed to blame the location where the shooting took place. “We should not tolerate pedophiles fostering children,” Pool said tweeted. “Club Q had a grooming event. How do you prevent the violence and stop the grooming?” He appeared to be referring to the all-age drag Sunday brunches hosted at Club Q.
Matt Walsh, a prominent conservative YouTuber with 1.9 million subscribers, released a video Tuesday titled “Why The Left Is So Desperate To Expose Children To Drag Queens.” “Is it that hard not to crossdress in front of kids? Is the compulsion that overwhelming?” he said in the video. “If it’s causing so much chaos and violence, why do you insist on doing it?”
As far-right conservatives continue to denigrate and blame the LGBTQ+ community for the horrors in Colorado Springs, the city itself is focused on supporting the victims and their families. During a news conference, Mayor Suthers added that while Colorado Springs is a “mourning community,” the city is “determined to ensure that the actions of a lone gunman do not define our community.”