MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says Fox News is ignoring his ‘cyber symposium’ – so he’s planning to buy more ads on the network to promote it

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Former president Donald Trump with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell at the White House.

  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said Fox News hadn’t covered his upcoming “cyber symposium” event.
  • He told Salon he planned to buy ads on the network to promote the upcoming event.
  • Lindell said his symposium would reveal details about voter fraud during the 2020 election.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is unhappy with Fox News over what he saw as its disregard for his upcoming rally, so he plans to buy more ad time on the network, Salon reports.

Lindell said the news network hadn’t yet covered his “cyber symposium” event, scheduled to start August 10 in South Dakota.

“Fox [News] does not talk about anything with the election,” he told Salon. Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Lindell said he planned to respond by buying more ads on Fox News. Those ads would promote his website, FrankSpeech.com, and include information about the event in an attempt to “get the word out,” he said.

“So I’m going to make ads that will talk about – at least advertising for FrankSpeech.com – that we’re going to be televising this [cyber symposium] for 72 hours straight,” he said.

Lindell has said his symposium would reveal new information about voter fraud in the 2020 election. An ally of former President Donald Trump, he has been a leading voice in spreading conspiracies theories about the election being “stolen.”

In December 2020, Lindell said “the biggest fraud is the Dominion machines,” a reference to machines used to cast votes. He said Dominion’s technology switched votes for Trump to votes for Joe Biden. Dominion sued Lindell for $1.3 billion, and Lindell countered with a lawsuit for $1.6 billion.

Lindell told Salon: “Fox News has refused to cover election fraud, especially the machines.” He added: “Shame on Fox News!”

Following the 2020 elections, Lindell’s relationship with Fox News soured. He said the network was “unwatchable” after it announced Biden’s victory. He championed other conservative networks, like Newsmax.

Lindell went after the network on Steve Bannon’s podcast “War Room: Pandemic” on Real America’s Voice. He told Bannon that MSNBC has way “better coverage” than Fox News.

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‘Who the f— do you think you are?’ Giuliani told RNC chief counsel to resign for questioning Trump election claims, book says

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Members of then-President Donald Trump’s legal team (left to right), former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, attend a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2020.

  • Rudy Giuliani last November told the RNC chief counsel to resign, according to a new book.
  • At a dinner, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis passed around a note from counsel Justin Riemer.
  • Giuliani was upset at what he perceived to be Riemer’s questioning of Trump’s electoral fraud claims.
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Last November, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis received an email that forwarded a note from Republican National Committee (RNC) chief counsel Justin Riemer, with the GOP official questioning the former president’s election claims, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

In the note, Riemer reportedly wrote to his RNC colleagues asking why they were backing Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, while also expressing that the organization raised more cash battling Democrats than challenging election results.

Ellis, who was having dinner with Rudy Giuliani and former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, passed her phone around for everyone to view the message, which reportedly left them “stunned.”

According to the assembled group, it was just one more example of Trump having to fight the GOP establishment, which Wolff details in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

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Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, was incensed by Riemer’s email, according to the book.

“Can you f–king believe this,” he said. “They are backdooring us … doing everything in their power not to help us.”

Kerik reportedly said that the note was akin to saying “f— Trump” and “f— Giuliani.”

Wolff goes on to describe how Giuliani angrily called Riemer and threatened his job at the RNC.

“The mayor, sitting in the restaurant but in full battle mode (and with a few drinks in him), damn well got Riemer himself on the phone: ‘Who the f— do you you think you are? How can you be going against the president? … You need to resign and resign tonight … because you are going to get fired,'” the book said.

Giuliani then reportedly called RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to ensure that the personnel change was carried out.

However, Riemer continues to serve as the chief counsel at the RNC.

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Trump stirred conspiracy theories about election fraud in Montana, a state he won, at his comeback rally

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Former President of United States Donald Trump speaks to crowd gathered at the Lorain County Fair Grounds in Wellington, Ohio, United States on June 26, 2021.

  • The rally was Trump’s first since leaving office.
  • He championed bids to undermine last year’s election based on unsubstantiated fraud claims.
  • He even questioned the legitimacy of results in Montana, a state he comfortably won.
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At his first rally since leaving office, former President Donald Trump questioned the integrity of last year’s presidential election vote in Montana – a state he comfortably won.

Since losing last year’s election to Joe Biden, Trump has relentlessly questioned the legitimacy of the vote, pushing groundless conspiracy theories that it was fixed by Democrats.

He has focussed much of his rage on states he narrowly lost, including Georgia and Arizona. But at the rally in Ohio, Saturday evening he suggested that the election in Montana –a state which he overall won with 56.9% of the vote to Biden’s 40% – may also have been tainted.

“In Montana, over 6% of a certain county’s mail-in ballots are missing, evidence to prove that they were legitimate or not. They are missing all this evidence. Think of it, Montana, a lot of mail-in ballots. Where do you have the mail-in ballots, by the way?” said the former president to supporters.

The former president’s decision to single out Montana for criticism puzzled observers.

“I don’t recall any of these “irregularities,” during my coverage of the 2020 election in Montana. Mind you, Donald Trump won the state by 16 points. Also, according to the former Republican Secretary of State, the election was certifiable,” tweeted KHQ reporter Bradley Warren.

Trump may have been referring to allegations by GOP state Rep. Brad Tschida of irregularities in mail-in voting in Montana’s Missoula County in last year’s election. Missoula is one of the counties where Democrats won.

County election officials have rejected Tschida’s claims as baseless and as “needlessly eroding voters’ faith in local elections” in an April letter to the Montana secretary of state rebutting the allegations.

“They do nothing more than insert partisan rhetoric built on disproved claims from other states,” note the officials.

Trump, in his speech, went on to praise states where GOP-controlled state legislatures, such as Arizona, have launched audits of last year’s election. The audit in Arizona has been denounced by critics and state election officials as a partisan attempt to undermine the election’s legitimacy.

On Friday, the former president had threatened to support bids to unseat Wisconsin’s GOP leadership if they don’t back an election audit similar to Arizona’s.

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Trump’s chief of staff pressed the Justice Department to investigate the bizarre conspiracy theory that people in Italy meddled in the 2020 election using military satellites

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President Donald Trump speaks as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (R) listens prior to Trump’s Marine One departure from the South Lawn of the White House July 29, 2020 for a fundraising luncheon and other events in Texas..

  • New emails show that Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s chief of staff, was involved in the bid to overturn the election.
  • The emails show Meadows pressured the Justice Department to investigate election fraud conspiracy theories.
  • It’s considered highly inappropriate for White House officials to try to get the DoJ involved in political cases.
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Mark Meadows, who served as chief of staff in Donald Trump’s White House, pressed the Justice Department to investigate several conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, according to reports.

The New York Times first reported Saturday that in emails between December and January to then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Meadows pressed him to investigate the baseless theories that the presidential election was stolen from Trump due to mass fraud or foreign meddling.

Among the claims, Meadows pushed was the bizarre ‘Italygate’ conspiracy theory. Its supporters invented a narrative that allies of Joe Biden in Italy could flip the result of the election using military satellites.

In other emails, Meadows discussed unsubstantiated claims of mass fraud in New Mexico and Georgia, pushed by Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

The report was later confirmed by CNN and The Washington Post.

The emails were recovered as part of a Senate Judiciary Committee probe into whether the Justice Department had been involved in Trump’s attempt to overturn the election result.

Meadows’ campaign to get the Justice Department to investigate the conspiracy theories is highly controversial as White House officials should not seek Justice Department investigations for political purposes.

According to the Times, the emails do not show that Rosen opened investigations into any conspiracy theories. Another email showed Rosen refused to broker a meeting between the FBI and a man who’d promoted the Italygate conspiracy theory in online videos.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told CNN that the “new evidence underscores the depths of the White House’s efforts to co-opt the department and influence the electoral vote certification. This is a fire alarm fire for our democracy.”

Insider has contacted Meadows for comment on the reports.

Trump and his allies’ election fraud conspiracy theories fuelled the January 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.

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Sydney Powell’s defense in the $1.3 billion Dominion lawsuit may be used against her in Michigan sanctions effort

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  • Michigan’s attorney general said Powell made “stunning admissions” in the Dominion lawsuit.
  • The state said those admissions should be further reason to sanction Powell.
  • Powell and others are facing defamation lawsuits for claims made about 2020 election fraud.
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Sidney Powell‘s defense in the $1.3 billion Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit is being used against her in a court case over unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential race.

Powell, an attorney who became widely known after filing multiple lawsuits and floating conspiracy theories about 2020 election fraud, claimed “no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact” in her defense against a defamation lawsuit brought by election-technology company Dominion.

Now, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says Powell’s statement is another reason a federal court should approve sanctions against her, Forbes first reported, citing a legal filing.

Powell “made a series of stunning admissions,” in the Dominion lawsuit that addressed statements about election fraud, “many of which also were made to this Court,” the filing said.

Nessel asked a federal court in January to sanction Powell and three other attorneys over a lawsuit in Michigan that requested the state overturn its elections results, claiming fraud in President Joe Biden’s defeat of former President Donald Trump.

In her filing to the federal court this week, Nessel said Powell’s defense in the Dominion lawsuit proves that the attorney’s behavior “warrants sanctions because it unreasonably multiplied the proceedings in this case and abused the judicial process.”

Powell did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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Powell, who was hired and then fired by former President Trump, claimed Dominion and Smartmatic, which is also suing her, used their voting machines to falsify votes in the 2020 presidential election.

Her law firm filed lawsuits regarding 2020 election fraud in Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin, all of which lost in court.

Powell isn’t the only one facing legal repercussions for claims made about the 2020 election. Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Fox News, and MyPillow Chief Executive Officer Mike Lindell are also facing defamation lawsuits from the election-technology companies.

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