Trump adviser Jenna Ellis defends comment calling transgender state official a "guy"

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 11th, 2020 3:43 pm

Last Updated Aug 12th, 2020 at 10:47 pm

President Trump's senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis is receiving backlash after she called transgender Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological male who identifies as a female, a "guy."

Ellis is refusing to walk back her comment and assured that she would not apologize for her description of Levine, despite criticism from the Human Rights Campaign, which called her a "bigot," and from Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who referred to her behavior as "hate speech."

"To be called a bigot for simply acknowledging scientific fact is both hilarious and tragic. The truth of biology shows that human beings are created immutably male and female. Yet in our post-truth society, the progressive leftists not only demand that we affirm patently false facts, but also demand we not 'offend' people who insist on speaking their lies, otherwise we are called insensitive bigots and required to apologize. I won't apologize," Ellis said in a statement. "Our Constitution still protects our fundamental, God-given right to speak and affirm Truth, and I'll continue to stand firm speaking and affirming Truth."

Pennsylvania Department of Health spokesperson Nate Wardle dismissed Ellis' comments, saying that Levine is "laser-focused on assisting Pennsylvanians" and does not "have time for this nonsense."


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