Some Mike Lindell fans reportedly stood in line for 7 hours to watch his rally at the Corn Palace – but when the event started, the venue was half-empty

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

  • Mike Lindell held a rally in South Dakota Monday to speak about his voter-fraud website Frank.
  • The Dickinson Press reported that guests stood in line for hours – but the venue was only half-full.
  • Ben Carson and Eric Metaxas spoke at the event, while Joe Piscopo performed a music set.
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Supporters of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell stood in line for hours to attend his rally in South Dakota on Monday – but the Corn Palace venue was only half-full for the event.

Lindell held the rally to launch “Frank,” the website he billed as a social-media site, but is so far a one-way platform for him to spread baseless allegations of voter fraud.

Photos shared on Twitter show lines snaking around the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Dickinson Press reported that some people stood in line for up to seven hours for the free event, which let people in on a first-come, first-served basis.

Some guests said they came from neighboring states, including Minnesota and Nebraska, while others came from as far away as Texas, the publication reported.

Corn Palace Director Doug Greenway told Insider’s Kevin Shalvey that he had fielded calls from dozens of people interested in attending the event.

The venue fits about 3,000 people, and photos on Twitter suggest that it was around half full for the event.

Lindell, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has repeatedly pushed disproven voter-fraud conspiracy theories about the presidential election, leading to voting-machine company Dominion suing him for $1.3 billion.

Some attendees at Monday’s event brought along Trump merchandise, including hats and flags. Salon.com’s Zachary Petrizzo reported that a group of far-right Proud Boy members attended, citing a source at the event.

The event featured talks from Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development, who joined on video call, and conservative podcaster Eric Metaxas. Comedian Joe Piscopo of “Saturday Night Live” fame performed a music set, which included the national anthem.

This was followed by a 90-minute speech from Lindell, who spread voter-fraud theories, including claims that Trump got 80 million votes in the 2020 presidential election, per Newsweek. The Federal Election Commission says that Trump got just over 72 million votes.

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Attendees received a free copy of both Lindell’s autobiography and his self-made film “Absolute Proof,” which alleges fraud in the 2020 election.

Mitchell has a population of around 15,000, but Lindell said he chose the location partially because of the South Dakota GOP governor’s resistance to COVID-19 lockdown measures.

His Corn Palace rally was sandwiched between a Dakota Wesleyan University graduation ceremony and an event by the American Corn Hole Association.

Frank failed to fully launch

Lindell announced plans to launch his own social-media site in March after Twitter banned him and billed the site as a “YouTube-Twitter combination.”

But it was hit by multiple delays, technical problems, and what Lindell claimed was “the biggest attack ever” before Frank ultimately launched as a one-way channel in April.

The site features videos and articles, many written by Lindell himself, that largely focus on voter-fraud conspiracy theories. Some also spread misinformation about the coronavirus, with one article calling vaccines “a deadly depopulation bioweapon.”

Lindell regularly livestreams from the site, hosting other right-wing personalities.

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Mike Lindell is holding a rally in South Dakota to promote his voter-fraud website Frank

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

  • Mike Lindell is holding an in-person “Frank Rally” in Mitchell, South Dakota on Monday.
  • Lindell created Frank as a “free speech” social-media site after Twitter banned him.
  • But it launched instead as a blog spreading misinformation about voter fraud and coronavirus.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is holding an in-person rally in South Dakota on Monday to promote “Frank,” the website he billed as a social-media site but is so far a one-way platform where Lindell circulates baseless allegations of voter fraud.

The event, titled “Frank Rally,” will take place at the Corn Palace in the town of Mitchell.

Lindell first announced the event on former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.

He said that the event would be free and on a first-come, first-served basis, Inforum reported.

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The event will start with a set by comedian Joe Piscopo who made his name on “Saturday Night Live,” followed by a speech by Lindell, which he told Bannon would last for up to 90 minutes.

Attendees will receive a free copy of his autobiography, “What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO,” alongside a copy of his self-made film “Absolute Proof” which alleges voter fraud in the 2020 election.

“It’s going to be fun for everyone, the whole town,” Lindell told Bannon.

Event organizers told The Argus Leader that they expected around 2,200 people to attend.

Lindell, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has repeatedly pushed disproven voter-fraud conspiracy theories about the presidential election. He announced plans to launch his own social media site in March after Twitter banned him.

Lindell had billed the site as a “YouTube-Twitter combination” and said he had spent “millions of dollars” building the platform.

But it was hit by multiple delays, technical problems, and what Lindell claimed was “the biggest attack ever” before Frank ultimately launched as a one-way channel in April.

The site features videos and articles, many written by Lindell himself, that largely focus on voter-fraud conspiracy theories. Some also spread misinformation about the coronavirus, with one article calling vaccines “a deadly depopulation bioweapon.”

Lindell’s choice of venue has come as a surprise

The Corn Palace seems like a strange location for what Lindell told Bannon would be Frank’s “grand, grand opening to the world.”

Mitchell has a population of less than 20,000. The Corn Palace describes itself as the town’s “premier tourist attraction” and the world’s only corn palace, built in the late 1800s to celebrate the crop.

It’s open daily to visitors for free so they can admire its “uniquely designed corn murals,” but it can also be hired out for events for $1,750 a day.

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
The Corn Palace is located in Mitchell, a South Dakota town with a population of under 20,000.

Lindell’s rally is sandwiched between a Dakota Wesleyan University graduation ceremony and an event by the American Corn Hole Association.

Lindell told Bannon that he chose South Dakota partly because of its Republican governor Kristi Noem, who refused to introduce statewide mask mandates and lockdowns during the pandemic.

South Dakota Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson told Forum News Service that he didn’t “agree with many of [Lindell’s] debunked claims” about the 2020 election, but that “cancel culture is just as dangerous.”

“We shouldn’t stop him from coming to South Dakota just because his views are different than mine or yours,” he added.

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Mike Lindell slammed Fox News for not reporting his lawsuit against Dominion during another rant about the media

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

  • Mike Lindell urged Fox News to invite him on air to discuss MyPillow’s $1.6 billion lawsuit against Dominion.
  • MyPillow advertises on Fox News – but relations between the broadcaster and Lindell have soured.
  • “Why don’t you report? Fox, report, have me on,” Lindell said during a livestream on his new social-media site, Frank.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell isn’t happy that Fox News hasn’t written about his firm’s lawsuit against voting-machine company Dominion.

During a livestream for the launch of his new social-media site Frank, Lindell urged the network to invite him on air so he could speak about his lawsuit. MyPillow sued Dominion for $1.6 billion on Monday, accusing it of trying to stifle free speech. The suit also repeated debunked conspiracy theories that Dominion facilitated voter fraud.

“Isn’t it big news that MyPillow sued a company called Dominion that is paid for by tax dollars?” Lindell said, addressing Fox.

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MyPillow’s suit follows a $1.3 billion lawsuit Dominion filed against both Lindell and MyPillow in February, after he spread baseless claims that it had developed technology to switch votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

MyPillow’s lawsuit has been covered by other news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and CNBC, but not on Fox News or Fox Business’ websites.

“Why don’t you report? Fox, report, have me on,” Lindell said during the livestream. “We can talk about Frank, talk about this lawsuit,” he added, after naming Fox hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson.

Fox didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment.

In the past, MyPillow has advertised heavily on Fox News, but relations have soured over 2021. Lindell previously told Steve Bannon that he had hired private investigators to find out why Fox News isn’t letting him go on the network.

Fox News has also been sued by Dominion, as well as fellow voting-machine company Smartmatic. They accuse the network of airing baseless segments about the companies’ roles in facilitating election fraud.

Fox News said in a statement earlier this year that it was “proud” of its election coverage, and that it would “vigorously” defend itself against the lawsuits in court.

Frank Mike Lindell

Lindell said during his livestream Tuesday that “Fox has already been sued by Dominion and Smartmatic, so if you’ve already been sued, why would you not want to pour out the evidence that you were talking about before anyway?”

He added that MyPillow was “suing Dominion because they’re suppressing our right to free speech and it affects you Fox, it affects all the outlets, why not have me on?”

Lindell also asked Newsmax and its CEO, Chris Ruddy, to invite him on again.

He even urged CNN’s Anderson Cooper to speak to him. Cooper sparred with Lindell during an interview in August after the CEO pushed an unproven “cure” for the coronavirus.

“I’ll even come on your rotten show,” Lindell said, directed at Cooper, during Tuesday’s livestream.

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Jimmy Kimmel made digs at MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, calling his social-media site Frank ‘a world of paranoia and mustache-wax’

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Jimmy Kimmel
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Jimmy Kimmel.

  • Jimmy Kimmel made fun of Mike Lindell’s new social-media site and e-commerce store Tuesday night.
  • Kimmel said the new site, Frank, “sounds like it’s gonna be the place to be.”
  • He also ridiculed MyStore products, including “freedom flags” and books called “Donald the Caveman.”

MyPillow’s CEO, Mike Lindell, is launching his own social-media site and e-commerce store – and Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t resist poking fun at the new ventures on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday night.

“You’re a former crack addict who somehow made millions of dollars selling pillows,” Kimmel said. “Sell pillows. Why isn’t that enough?”

Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, is making a social-media platform called Frank after being banned from Twitter for spreading voter-fraud conspiracy theories.

“I tell you what, [Frank] sounds like it’s gonna be the place to be,” Kimmel said Tuesday.

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Frank uses the tagline “the voice of free speech,” and Lindell said in a video recently uploaded to the static webpage that he had spent millions of dollars on the site’s security because he expected the site to be the victim of cyberattacks.

Kimmel played the video clip, saying: “That’s right, come get lost in a world of paranoia and mustache-wax.”

HuffPost first reported on the Lindell portion of the show.

He also swiped at Lindell’s Amazon-rival MyStore, which sells an eclectic range of goods including homeware, medical products, Lindell’s autobiography, and a DVD called “Florida Beach Secrets.”

The store has been live for months, but Lindell told Steve Bannon that he planned to make the site bigger.

On Tuesday’s show, Kimmel picked out some of the products, including the pet stain remover “WoofPurrfect,” a series of children’s books called “Donald the Caveman,” and what MyStore dubs “freedom flags,” which Kimmel said are “48% more patriotic than regular flags.”

“It sounds like we made them up, we didn’t,” Kimmel said.

The site also sells a life-size cardboard cutout of Lindell. “Who would buy this?” Kimmel asked. “The only person crazy enough to pay $40 for a life-size Mike Lindell is Mike Lindell.”

He added: “Why do I get the feeling Mike Lindell is gonna be living in a motel soon?”

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Mike Lindell has launched VIP access to his social-media site Frank, which he says will bar swearing, porn, and death threats

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

  • Mike Lindell’s platform Frank is set to go live on Monday but VIPs can get access from Thursday.
  • Lindell said he’d spent millions of dollars on the site’s security, including its own servers.
  • He described the site as a cross between YouTube and Twitter – but some content will be off-limits.
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You can now sign up for VIP access to Frank, the social-media site being launched by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell but if you choose to join, you’ll still have to be careful about what you post.

Although the site supports free speech, people won’t be able to post swear words, porn, or death threats, Lindell said.

Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, first announced plans to launch his own social-media site in early March, after being banned from Twitter.

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In a video posted this week to Frank’s static webpage, which first went live in late March, Lindell said he had worked on the site for four years and it would be a “platform like no other.”

Frank uses the tagline “the voice of free speech,” and Lindell has previously said he would use the site to share evidence of his voter-fraud theory, which has been thoroughly debunked.

In the new video, which Newsweek first reported on, Lindell said: “You’re not going to have to worry about what you’re saying.”

He did, however, note that there will be some content moderation on the site. “You don’t get to use the four swear words: the c-word, the n-word, the f-word, or God’s name in vain,” he said. “Free speech is not pornography, free speech isn’t ‘I’m gonna kill you.'”

Details of this would be available in the site’s mission statement when it goes live, he said.

Lindell added that he had spent millions of dollars on the site’s security over the last four weeks because he expected the site to be the victim of cyberattacks.

“We’re going to be attacked, but I have my own servers and everything,” he said. “We’re not going to be worried about Amazon taking it down, or YouTube, or Google, or Apple.”

Social-media site Parler was booted offline by its previous web host Amazon Web Services. It was also shunned by other tech giants, including Apple and Google, after Trump supporters used it to call for more violence during the January Capitol riots because of its lax stance on moderating content.

Lindell said Frank would be “kind of like a YouTube-Twitter combination.”

“You’re going to have your own like YouTube channel, only that’s your Twitter handle,” he said.

A previous description of the site, which has since been removed, said that users would be able to “post videos, livestream television, distribute news and information, and find community and fellowship with likeminded Americans.”

Lindell told “The Eric Metaxas Radio Show” in March that the site is “reverse-engineered,” and that when influencers join, “they will now have a platform where all the people down here follow them instantly.”

“They don’t have to earn their followers,” he added.

Frank’s webpage includes a box where visitors can submit their cellphone number to receive a text code for early VIP access to sign up. Lindell said in the video that people who do would be able to get access to the site at midnight on Thursday.

He said the site is set to launch more widely at 9 a.m. on Monday for a two-day “Frankathon,” during which he’ll broadcast live on the site.

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