Apparently you’re a ‘Karen’ if you don’t think gay sex should be illegal, according to this right-wing magazine

Donald Trump with his new staffer Jenna Ellis

The Spectator USA attempted to defend a Trump campaign staffer who linked same-sex relationships to paedophilia by deploying the magic word: “Karen”.

CNN’s KFile revealed last week that Jenna Ellis, a Fox News regular who has been hired by the campaign to re-elect Donald Trump, had a record of making extreme anti-LGBT+ comments.

Ellis has publicly opposed the decriminalisation of gay sex, claiming that the Lawrence v Texas Supreme Court ruling that struck down the last US sodomy laws in 2003 had “ignored the immorality of homosexuality” and “set the groundwork for open celebration of homosexuality and all kinds of deviant sexual behaviour.”

She has also linked same-sex marriage to paedophilia, claiming in 2016 that “redefining marriage” to include gay couples is “setting the stage for polyamory, bestiality and eventually paedophilia”.

Ellis has also insisted that “the homosexual slogan ‘love is love’ will become the mantra of the paedophile”, predicting that “in the next few years even paedophilia is going to be more and more accepted” by liberals.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump reportedly hired Ellis as he was impressed by her Fox News appearances (Facebook/Jenna Ellis)

The Spectator USA calls CNN a ‘Karen’ for reporting on Trump staffer’s homophobia.

While CNN’s story was based on actual, verifiable things that Ellis has said and herself put into the public domain, the right-wing Spectator attempted to launch a baffling defence of the Trump staffer.

With all the vigour of a child who has learned a new word but not yet fully grasped what it means, The Spectator opted to wonder “if the ‘K’ in ‘KFILE’ stands for ‘Karen'”.

It wrote: “CNN’s resident Karens started scrubbing the interwebs for any past comment from Ellis that could be interpreted as scandalous or discriminatory.

“Instead, they found a handful of statements that are largely in line with centuries of American evangelicalism and biblical teachings on homosexuality — statements that many conservative Christians would sympathise with today.”

The Spectator’s defence of Ellis and deployment of “Karen” — a term coined by Black women that refers to white women who deploy their social privilege over service workers, often people of colour — has the internet baffled.

One Twitter user quipped: “What’s this country come to when you can’t compare gay people to paedophiles and face no backlash whatsoever for doing so.”

Another added: “So it’s ‘socially conservative’ to compare relationships between same-sex adults to paedophilia?”