MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell once had a dream where he met Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump and I were in some kind of room,” he wrote in his 2019 memoir ‘What Are the Odds?’ that detailed his rise from difficult beginnings to successful businessman. “It was an office with pictures on the wall behind us, and we were standing next to each other posing for a picture.”
After the two men met in 2016, they quickly hit it off. Since then, Lindell has become one of the former president’s staunchest political allies.
This past weekend, Lindell held a MAGA Frank Free Speech rally in New Richmond, Wisconsin, which featured Trump acolytes Diamond and Silk, conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, and David Clarke, a former Milwaukee County sheriff.
Trump was himself a featured speaker, via satellite, where he continued to complain about a range of issues, from the 2020 presidential election to what he perceives as President Joe Biden’s deficiencies at the US-Mexico border.
Last month, Lindell was reportedly booted from the Republican Governors Association (RGA) conference in Nashville, Tennessee, after planning to grill Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Brian Kemp of Georgia about the 2020 election results in their respective states, according to a Politico report.
Biden defeated Trump in both Arizona and Georgia, which were significant wins for the Democratic Party, but Lindell has continued to push the former president’s debunked election-fraud claims.
“Then there was Newsmax, which likes to project an image of being home for conservative, right-leaning or at the very least center-right news,” Pearson Sharp said. “A place where anyone who’s tired of Fox’s increasingly left-wing angles can find a fresh take on news. But is that really the case?”
Sharp then moved on to criticize Newsmax for its coverage of the 2020 election results.
“If you dig deeper under the Newsmax image of so-called conservative news, you’ll find a very different, much more left-leaning organization,” he said.
“Newsmax threw Trump under the bus and buckled almost immediately, declaring Biden the next president, despite all the evidence of massive fraud and without waiting for the contested battleground states to finish their investigations,” Pearson added.
There is little indication to suggest that it has a left-wing bias.
It was famously sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems after consistently promoting false claims about the 2020 election being rigged, Insider’s Jacob Shamsian reported.
OAN is also popular in conservative circles, and more explicitly prides itself on its pro-Trump credentials than its rival. The media outlet has described itself as one of the “greatest supporters” of Trump, The Hill reported.
A video has emerged of former President Donald Trump bidding farewell to Mar-a-Lago members on Wednesday night.
In the clip, shared by TikTok user @45covfefe, Trump tells a crowd that he is vacating his Florida resort for the summer.
Speaking at an event to endorse Rep. Billy Long, the former president, says: “So I just want to thank everybody, this is sort of a closeout. Now we go through the summer… we’ll be back in October, maybe a little bit sooner.”
The move, which now appears to be imminent, is said to be driven by Florida’s climate and Trump’s political ambitions.
Mar-a-Lago closes just after Memorial Day on May 31 when South Florida weather becomes hot and muggy. It’s also so that Trump can gain easy access to New York donors as he builds his post-presidency political operation, Insider’s Tom LoBlanco reported.
Trump obsessively asks aides about the GOP-led audit of Arizona’s 2020 election results, Insider reported on Saturday.
“Watch Arizona. Some very interesting things are happening in Arizona,” he says in the clip posted on TikTok.
In another video, shared on YouTube, Trump touts the Arizona audit as a sign of future audits in other states.
“Let’s see what they find. I wouldn’t be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes,” he says. “We’re going to watch that very quickly and, after that, we’ll Pennsylvania, we’ll watch Georgia, and you’re going to watch Michigan, and Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.”
He then proceeds to again claim baselessly that the 2020 election was stolen. “This was a rigged election, everybody knows it, and we’re going to be watching it very closely.”
Former President George W. Bush said he believes the Republican Party will win in future elections if its members embrace traditional ideals and curb the “white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism.”
Asked about the state of the Republican Party, Bush told “The Dispatch Podcast” he believes there’s potential to win in the upcoming midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election.
“I think Republicans will have a second chance to govern because I believe that the Biden administration is a uniting factor, particularly on the fiscal side of things,” he said.
But the Republican Party will not win by representing ideals tied to white supremacy, he suggested.
“If the Republican Party stands for exclusivity – it used to be country clubs, now it’s white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism – then it’s not going to win anything,” Bush said.
Bush was elaborating on a question about whether he believed the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
A recent poll found that 60% of Republicans believe President Joe Biden won the 2020 election because of widespread voter fraud, a baseless claim that former President Donald Trump and his allies spouted for months.
The poll, conducted by Reuters and Ipsos and published last month, said Republicans also want Trump to run for president in 2024.
“Republicans have their own version of reality,” John Geer, public opinion expert at Vanderbilt University, told Reuters. “It is a huge problem. Democracy requires accountability and accountability requires evidence.”
Bush said in the podcast interview he does not believe the election was stolen from Trump.
Other Republicans have also predicted a GOP win in the future elections – and plan to use Trump’s help to get there.
Sen. Lindsey Graham earlier this year said he wants to leverage former Trump’s influence to ensure that the Republican party takes back the House and Senate in 2022.
In an interview with Politico, Graham said he’ll meet with Trump to discuss the future of the GOP and his role in it.
“I’m going to try and convince him that we can’t get there without you, but you can’t keep the Trump movement going without the GOP united,” Graham said on Friday.
“If we come back in 2022, then, it’s an affirmation of your policies,” he said. “But if we lose again in 2022, the narrative is going to continue that not only you lost the White House, but the Republican Party is in a bad spot.”
The vote count in Maricopa County, where President Joe Biden won last year by over 45,000 votes, was initiated by Republicans and is embraced by Trump.
Some of the 2.1 million ballots cast during the 2020 election are being recounted after an order by the Republican-led Arizona Senate, the Associated Press reported.
Having begun on Thursday, it is the latest effort by the former president and his allies to suggest unevidenced foul play in the county.
“So many people would like to thank the brave and patriotic Republican State Senators from Arizona for the incredible job they are doing in exposing the large-scale Voter Fraud which took place in the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump said in a statement on April 23.
The audit is being conducted by a Florida-based consultancy firm, Cyber Ninjas, that has no prior experience handling ballots. It does, Insider’s Charles Davis reported, have credibility with Trump supporters. The firm’s founder Doug Logan has shared tweets alleging that the 2020 election was stolen and promoted the #StopThe Steal effort, the Arizona Mirror reported.
Arizona Democrats unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to halt the audit Thursday, dismissing it as a partisan drive to perpetuate disproven myths about election fraud. It is a “sham audit” that is “fomenting the big lie that the election was stolen,” Raquel Terán, a state lawmaker and chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, told Insider on Tuesday.
A Washington Post photographer caught a glimpse of President Donald Trump and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s meeting notes on Friday, where they appeared to discuss explosive national security moves.
One line reads, “Move Kash Patel to CIA acting,” previewing more personnel changes Trump could push. Another reads,”… foreign interference in the election trigger [illegible] powers. Make clear this is China/Iran.”
Lindell has offered a renewed solidarity to Trump, doling out a MyPillow discount with the code “FightForTrump,” and appearing on Newsmax and calling insurrectionists “very peaceful,” and blaming antifa for the insurrection.
On President Donald Trump’s final Friday in office, his public schedule predictably says he “will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.”
It appears that one of those meetings was discussing drastic national security measures with Trump ally MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
A close-up photo of Lindell and Trump’s meeting notes was captured by Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford, including a number of phrases and agenda items.
Lindell is holding the notes with a phone in one hand and a coffee cup in the other hand, bending the notes face open so that some sentences are legible. One of those phrases reads “”Insurrection Act now as a result of the assault on the… martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any…”,
Another reads, “Move Kash Patel to CIA acting,” previewing more personnel changes Trump could enact on his way out. Another note reads,”… foreign interference in the election trigger [illegible] powers. Make clear this is China/Iran.”
Patel, who currently serves as the chief of staff to acting defense secretary Christopher Miller, has been a Trump ally. One note suggests a new National Security director “NOW.”
Other phrases, which are not fully legible, reference investigating the 2020 election, which Trump lost and has yet to concede. Lindell did not take any questions from press upon leaving the West Wing.
Lindell has been an oddly prominent and loyal figure throughout Trump’s presidency, appearing in key meetings and speaking at Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation at the White House Lawn.
In the wake of last week’s deadly riots, Lindell has offered a renewed solidarity to Trump, doling out a MyPillow discount with the code “FightForTrump,” and appearing on Newsmax and calling insurrectionists “very peaceful,” and blaming antifa for the violence and destruction at the Capitol.
On December 19, Lindell also tweeted and deleted a call for Trump to impose martial law after Georgia’s officials refused to overturn the legitimate election results, according to Newsweek. Twitter has since labeled many of Lindell’s tweets as election misinformation.
The New York Times reported that Lindell denied claims that “martial law” was written on his notes or discussed at his meeting with the president, but an administration official confirmed to the outlet that the words were indeed on his notes. Lindell presented more election conspiracies during the meeting, but Trump was not entertaining the notions, leaving Lindell frustrated, an administration official told The Times.
Steve Vladeck, a national security law expert and professor at the University of Texas School of Law, responded to the alleged agenda items on Twitter.
“And just for the record, no-none of this could actually work,” Vladeck said, referencing discussions of invoking the Insurrection Act.
“Under the absolute terms of Section 1 of the Twentieth Amendment, Trump’s term is over at noon (EST) on Wednesday, no matter how much nonsense he – or his “advisers” – tries to pull between now and then,” Vladeck added.
The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 means that if Trump invoked the Insurrection Act to delay the inauguration, and neither him nor Biden were president by noon on January 20th, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, would assume temporary power before choosing a President and Vice President.