MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says Trump is the first president in his lifetime ‘who wasn’t in it for the ego’

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President Donald Trump listens to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speak with members of the coronavirus task force and reporters during a briefing in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic from the Rose Garden at the White House on March 30, 2020.

  • Mike Lindell said that Trump was the first president in his lifetime “who wasn’t in it for the ego.”
  • Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, first met the former president after the 2016 RNC Convention.
  • Lindell continues to spread election-fraud claims about the 2020 presidential race.
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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.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, the intensity of Lindell’s affinity for the president remains apparent.

“He is the only president in my lifetime who wasn’t in it for the ego and worked only for the people and not for his own interests,” Lindell told journalist Stephen Rodrick.

After peddling the theory that Trump would be “reinstated” as president in August, Lindell shifted his timeline in the Rolling Stone interview.

“Six months from now, Trump will be our real president and our country will be heading toward its greatest rebirth in history,” he said.

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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.

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Conservative media outlets feud as OAN accuses pro-Trump Newsmax of being a ‘left-leaning’ network

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A screenshot of a One America News segment exploring whether Newsmax is “left-leaning.”

  • A host on One America News has accused Newsmax of being a “left-leaning organization,” Newsweek reported.
  • He said that Newsmax did not back former President Donald Trump strongly enough after the 2020 election.
  • Both stations are openly supportive of Trump and are popular in right-wing circles.
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As an increasing number of conservatives move from Fox News to outlets further on the right, the battle for pro-Trump views is well underway for One America News (OAN) and Newsmax.

So much so that an OAN host has challenged the right-wing credentials of pro-Trump Newsmax by calling it a “left-leaning organization,” Newsweek reported.

In a recent segment, journalist Pearson Sharp accused Newsmax of professing to be conservative but not backing former President Donald Trump strongly enough.

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“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.

Newsmax has an editorial policy of “being supportive of the President [Trump] and his policies,” the network’s founder told The New Yorker. The former president, in turn, has often sung the praises of the media outlet.

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.

OAN, like Newsmax, has also been praised by the former president and is well-known for promoting baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud.

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Watch Trump bid farewell to Mar-a-Lago members for the summer after yet another speech about the ‘rigged’ election

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago on April 28, 2021.

  • A video has emerged of Trump saying his goodbyes to Mar-a-Lago members on Wednesday night.
  • Trump has plans to temporarily move his political operation to New Jersey.
  • Another video from the same event shows him baselessly claim that the 2020 election was “rigged.”
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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.”

Trump advisors told Insider last week that the former president and several political aides were planning on temporarily relocating to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Read more: Trump plots temporary move from Mar-a-Lago north to New Jersey

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.

Other videos from the same night have also emerged and show Trump talking about the Maricopa County election audit in Arizona.

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.”

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George W. Bush says the Republican Party has a shot at future elections if it curbs its ‘white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism’

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  • Former President George W. Bush expressed optimism that the Republican Party will “govern again.”
  • He said it depends on whether the GOP can distance itself from “white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism.”
  • Republicans, he suggested, need to embrace the traditional values the party was founded on.
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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.”

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Trump is ‘fixated’ and talks ‘constantly’ about Arizona election recount, allies say

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Former President Donald Trump asks aides multiple times about the vote recount that is currently underway in Maricopa County, according to The Washington Post.

  • A GOP-led audit of Arizona’s 2020 election results is underway.
  • Trump obsessively asks aides for updates about it, The Washington Post reported.
  • One person told The Post that they listened to Trump discuss the audit for around 45 minutes.
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Former President Donald Trump has become “fixated” on a GOP-led audit of Arizona’s 2020 election results, according to The Washington Post.

He asks aides multiple times a day about the vote recount currently underway in Maricopa County, advisers told The Post.

One person, who spoke to the paper on the condition of anonymity, said that they listened to Trump discuss the election ballot audit for about 45 minutes. “He talks about it constantly,” they added.

The former president has also spoken to advisers about using UV lights to examine ballots, according to The Post. Experts say this method could damage votes, the paper said.

Read more: Trump plots temporary move from Mar-a-Lago north to New Jersey

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.

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A close-up photo of meeting notes carried by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell appears to include drastic national security moves in his meeting with Trump

Michael Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, Inc., waits to go into the West Wing of the White House, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Washington.
  • 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.
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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.”

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My Pillow CEO Michael Lindell is seen outside the door of the West Wing at the White House on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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.

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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.

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