Despite months of promises to file an explosive lawsuit that would “downgrade” the 2020 presidential election and reinstate Donald Trump in the White House, pillow dealer Mike Lindell instead turned his election fraud into a four-day ad campaign. …
“I want to show you guys some of the Black Friday specials we’re making with MyPillow,” Lindell said Friday morning while talking about pillow and sheet sales. “This is the lowest price ever.”
He then began a lengthy explanation of why his sheets were made overseas from Egyptian cotton rather than US-grown cotton, with “Save up to 66% on over 110 items” written on the screen below him.
“We’re doing our best to put things on sale for Black Friday,” Lindell said.
Lindell has claimed since the summer that he coordinated a lawsuit among a “ton” of state attorneys general, up to 30, which was due to be filed at 9 a.m. Tuesday directly to the US Supreme Court, and that he would spend a long Thanksgiving weekend explaining the suit during the webcast without ads.
Instead, no lawsuit was filed, and the show, which featured the same election lies that Lindell spread throughout the year, featured Lindell pillows with their own “promo code” prominently displayed.
“We offer the best gifts at the best prices,” Lindell promised in an often repeated ad.
His Lindell TV co-host Brannon Hoose even explained the purpose of the promo code provided: “This is how we know who is watching our 96-hour Thank You Aton.”
Lindell, Trump’s unofficial adviser who took up a memorandum recommending martial law in the White House in the final days of Trump’s presidency, did not respond to HuffPost inquiries about his refusal to file a lawsuit and run advertisements during his marathon. Webcast despite the fact that he said it won’t.
In recent days, Lindell has argued that Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel pressured the attorneys general who were about to sign his lawsuit.
“Ronna McDaniel is better off retiring today,” he said Thursday.
An RNC spokesman said McDaniel had nothing to do with Lindell’s refusal to force attorneys general to sign his complaint to the Supreme Court. (McDaniel had not resigned as of late Friday.)
On Friday, Lindell appeared on a podcast by Trump adviser Steve Bannon, where he was asked, “What is our position with these AGs?”
Lindell did not raise the issue of McDaniel and instead said that only one attorney general, Republican Steve Marshall of Alabama, flatly refused to participate in the trial. “Most of them said, Mike, let’s get together after this Thanksgiving week,” he told Bannon.
Lindell first promised that the Supreme Court would “reinstate” Trump in August, then moved that target to September, and then said it would happen by the end of 2021 as a result of his lawsuit.
Lindell’s access to Trump and his White House has drawn the attention of a House special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which Trump instigated in his latest attempt to stay in power despite losing the 2020 election with 7 million votes. A committee letter dated August 25 to the National Archives asks for all Trump White House documents sent or sent by Lindell between April 2020 and January 20, 2021.
Lindell goes on to falsely claim that China has cracked ballots in every state in collusion with electoral machine manufacturers to shift votes from Trump to Biden.
“Donald Trump won this election with millions and millions of votes,” Lindell said late Thanksgiving night.
Voting machine manufacturers Dominion and Smartmatic have sued Lindell and Trump-backed media outlets including Fox News, Newsmax and OAN for defamation. Lawsuits kept Lindell out of these media, leaving him only his own website and Bannon’s podcast to keep spreading his lies.
“The only one who says the Dominion no longer exists is me,” Lindell said Thursday, complaining about the media shutdown.
Meanwhile, his relationship with Trump remains as strong as ever. Trump sat down to tape a half-hour interview with Lindell earlier this month that aired on Lindell’s website, during which they praised each other while echoing Trump’s false claims about the election. “You’ve done some great things,” Trump said.
In January, Trump became the first president in 232 years of US elections to refuse to peacefully hand over power to his successor.
He spent several weeks criticizing the legitimacy of the November 3, 2020 competition he lost, starting his lie in the wee hours of November 4 that he did win the landslide and that his victory was “stolen”. his. This lie continued through a long string of failed lawsuits challenging the results in several states.
Trump and some of his advisers have even discussed the use of the military, citing the Rebellion Act or declaring martial law to maintain power despite losing an election, including by hijacking voting machines and ordering “re-voting” in states, in defeated by Democrat Joe Biden.
But military leaders had previously indicated they would not be involved in the political process, so after the Electoral College finally voted on December 14 making Biden’s victory official, Trump turned to the latter scheme instead to pressure his own vice president. the annulment of the ballots of millions of voters in several states that beat Biden; and the announcement of Trump as the winner during Congressional formal confirmation of the election on January 6.
Trump asked his followers to come to Washington on the same day, and then told tens of thousands of people who marched into the Capitol to intimidate Vice President Mike Pence into doing what Trump wanted. “When you catch someone cheating, you are allowed to follow completely different rules,” Trump said.
The crowd of supporters he provoked tried to carry out his order by storming the building. They even chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after the vice president refused to comply with Trump’s demands.
A police officer was killed in an attack during the uprising, and four more committed suicide in the following days and weeks. One of the rioters was mortally wounded when she climbed through the broken window into the hallway in which the evacuated members of the House were still located, and three more from the crowd were killed in hand-to-hand combat.
Although the House of Representatives impeached Trump for incitement to attack, all but seven Senate Republicans, led by minority leader Mitch McConnell, chose not to condemn him, thereby allowing Trump to pursue his political career despite the fact that his actions since elections are undergoing several investigations.
Trump and his allies are now campaigning to portray the murdered rebel, Ashley Babbitt, as a martyr, as well as hundreds of others arrested as victims of political persecution. Trump continues to speculate that he will run for the 2024 GOP election and is using his Bailout America Committee money to continue spreading the same lies that led to the January 6 violence.