MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell suggests ‘divine appointments’ were responsible for him connecting with former president Trump

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Former president Trump and Mike Lindell at the White House last year.

  • Mike Lindell used a recent appearance to discuss how he met the former president for the first time.
  • He said a prophet told him the pair would become great friends.
  • Lindell also said the same prophet told him that he would help change the course of history.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has claimed his encounter with former President Donald Trump back in 2016 came about through “divine appointments.”

Newsweek reported that at the Health and Freedom Conference in Tampa, Florida, Lindell said: “Divine things started happening to me. I was picked out of 12 people to pray with [former 2016 Republican presidential candidate and Trump’s former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development] Ben Carson in a room at the National Prayer Breakfast.”

Lindell also said that “one prophet guy” told him: “A couple of you in this room are going to become great friends and change – and help change the course of history.”

He added: “Anyway, these divine appointments kept happening all the way up to where I met Donald Trump in the summer of 2016.” According to Newsweek, a cheer went up in the audience soon after Lindell uttered this remark.

Lindell’s comments appear to suggest that there was some sort of holy connection to his mission to overturn the 2020 US election results, which has been ongoing for several months.

The Trump loyalist has continuously made headlines for spreading unfounded claims about the election, including one that voting companies Dominion and Smartmatic “flipped” votes from Trump to President Joe Biden.

The conspiracy theory has been thoroughly debunked, however.

The pillow entrepreneur, who holds regular rallies across the US, is being sued for $1.3 billion by the voting-technology company Dominion for repeatedly spreading false claims about the integrity of the election.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said he lost $7 million making COVID-19 masks in the operation he announced alongside Trump

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My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington.

  • Last year, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said his company would make and donate COVID-19 masks.
  • Lindell told The Daily Beast he lost $7 million on the effort and has millions of masks left over.
  • “I can’t give them away,” Lindell told The Daily Beast. “No one wants the things anymore.”
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In a speech from the Rose Garden last year alongside then-President Donald Trump, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said his company would produce and distribute face masks to do their part in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, the conservative figure is saying the operation has cost him millions of dollars and that they have millions of masks they can’t get rid of. Lindell told The Daily Beast this week that the mask-making effort cost him and his company a combined total of $7 million.

“I can’t give them away,” Lindell told The Daily Beast. “I tried to. No one wants the things anymore.”

An aide to Lindell told the outlet they had 2 million masks they can’t get rid of, while Lindell suggested they “ought to just burn” them.

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Lindell, a loyal Trump supporter, announced in March 2020 that MyPillow was converting 75% of its production, which is based in the US, to making face masks.

He told FOX9 at the time that he did not plan to sell the masks, but instead they would be going to Minnesota and other hospitals around the US. He also said the company was making 100% cotton masks due to the availability of the material.

But Lindell told The Daily Beast that despite his intent to donate masks to hospitals and nursing homes, the masks did not meet the standards for healthcare workers set by the Food and Drug Administration, which require masks to be at least N-95-grade.

Lindell also said his mask-making operation, which The Daily Beast said has teetered back and forth from a charity effort to a business venture, suffered from a saturated market.

Lindell has remained one of Trump’s staunchest defenders. He has continued to push unsubstantiated claims about the election and has even said the former president would be reinstated later this year, a bizarre theory that has no constitutional basis.

Lindell told Insider’s Jacob Shamsian in February that he had already lost $65 million in revenue because of retailers boycotting his business over his election fraud claims. He is also being sued for $1.3 billion in a defamation case brought on by Dominion Voting Systems, an election technology company wrapped up in his fraud claims.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he ‘never even watched footage’ of the Capitol insurrection and believes ‘it was a setup’

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US President Donald Trump listens as Michael J. Lindell, CEO of MyPillow Inc., speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 30, 2020.

  • Mike Lindell denied ever witnessing the Capitol insurrection and claimed it was a “setup.”
  • “I’ve never even watched footage of that,” he told Rolling Stone in a recent interview.
  • Lindell joins a growing chorus of Republicans who have downplayed the deadly riot.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in a new interview published Monday denied ever witnessing the January 6 Capitol insurrection and claimed it was a “setup.”

When asked about the deadly riot, Lindell told Rolling Stone magazine: “I’ve never even watched footage of that.”

“But in my opinion it was a setup,” he continued. “I’ve been to over 50 rallies … There has never been one incident. And you don’t think it was a setup? Gimme a break.”

Lindell joins several other Trump allies who have sought to downplay the insurrection or spread falsehoods about it. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has previously said the Capitol riot “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection” and has falsely described it as a “peaceful protest.” He most recently reiterated that stance during a Fox News appearance on Sunday.

Widely circulated video footage and photos of the Capitol on January 6 show large numbers of apparent Trump supporters rioting, constructing a gallows on the complex, holding zip ties, and attacking police officers. Federal investigators have charged 521 people so far in connection with the riot.

Former President Donald Trump has been widely accused of inciting the insurrection after he rallied his supporters to protest the 2020 election results based on lies that the race was stolen from him. Lindell, a staunch ally of Trump’s, has repeatedly pushed his false claims about the election.

Congressional Republicans last month voted to block the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol insurrection. Trump had been against the bill.

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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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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell falsely claims Trump will be ‘our real president’ in 6 months

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Mike Lindell continues to push the conspiracy theory that Trump will be reinstated as president.
  • In a new interview with the Rolling Stone, he said Trump will be president in six months.
  • He initially said that Trump will take back the White House in August.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in a new interview pushed back the date for when he believes former President Donald Trump will be reinstated as president.

“Six months from now, Trump will be our real president and our country will be heading toward its greatest rebirth in history,” Lindell told the Rolling Stone in a report published Monday.

The comments come after Lindell promoted a conspiracy theory that the Supreme Court will put Trump back in the White House by August. By then, Lindell previously said, he will have obtained evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election to present to the nation’s highest court, which will delegitimize President Joe Biden’s win.

Now, it appears Lindell needs until December to do so.

Lindell told the Rolling Stone that the total amount of voter fraud will be confirmed once all 50 states carry out election audits, similar to the current GOP-led audit in Arizona’s Maricopa County, where Biden won.

Lindell first spread the conspiracy theory, which has gained traction in far-right circles, on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast in March.

“What I’m talking about, Steve, is what I have been doing since January 9. All of the evidence I have, everything that is going to go before the Supreme Court, and the election of 2020 is going bye-bye,” Lindell said at the time.

To be clear, the conspiracy theory has no constitutional basis, as Insider has previously reported. The Supreme Court is not able to overturn a presidential election. The only way to remove a sitting president is through impeachment. And in any case, the vice president would then take over.

It’s been more than seven months since the 2020 race and there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Federal, state, and local election officials have repeatedly pushed back on the false claims spread by Trump and his allies. The Trump campaign filed and lost dozens of lawsuits in an attempt to challenge the results.

Lindell, however, still contends that the race was stolen from Trump, specifically by 20 million votes, he told The Rolling Stone. The MyPillow founder is currently being sued for $1.3 billion by the voting-technology company Dominion for repeatedly asserting the company rigged the election.

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MyPillow targets wider consumer base as it opens UK subsidiary

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is targeting UK consumers.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has launched a UK-based subsidiary of his company.

Products targeting UK consumers will be manufactured in a factory based in the West Midlands city of Coventry.

In a video advertisement on its UK website, the company said: “With its unique technology and design, MyPillow has taken America by storm and now it’s available here in the UK for the first time.”

Several products are advertised on the site, with prices ranging from £17 to £119.

According to a report by The Scotsman, the Coventry factory employs a monthly average of three employees and is based in a nondescript industrial park.

MyPillow did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Lindell has remained under the spotlight in recent months for reasons other than his business interests. He has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 US election was rigged, despite a lack of evidence. At a political rally on Saturday, he continued to double down on these claims.

Back in April, Lindell filed a lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, claiming the company was trying to stifle free speech. The suit was part of an ongoing fight that began when Dominion sued Lindell for $1.3 billion in damages for spreading claims that its machines enabled voter fraud.

Lindell also told Insider’s Grace Dean in February he expected to lose $65 million in pillow revenue this year because of retailer boycotts over his fraud claims.

In April, Lindell confirmed that Costco had pulled his products. It was the second-largest retailer to cut ties with him.

Most recently, Lindell’s lawyers said he is set to lose $2 billion as a result of his latest lawsuit against Dominion and Smartmatic.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell played a speech by former President Trump during his latest political rally

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in Wisconsin on Saturday.

  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell hosted a Wisconsin rally, which featured a speech by Donald Trump.
  • Trump’s comments on Saturday took aim at President Biden’s efforts to reverse his policies.
  • He said he built the “most successful, the safest border in the history of our country.”
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s latest political rally featured a speech by former President Donald Trump, in which he railed against voter fraud again.

Trump delivered his comments via satellite at the Saturday event. He repeated unfounded claims about fraud during the 2020 election and took aim at President Joe Biden’s efforts to reverse his policies.

Trump seemed to respond directly to the Biden administration’s announcement on Friday that it would pull more than $2 billion in funding Trump had diverted to pay for a wall along the southern border.

“All Biden had to do – all he had to do was leave it alone,” Trump said. “So we went from the most successful, the safest border in the history of our country – think of that – to the worst and most dangerous border.”

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The crowd at the Frank Rally in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

After Trump spoke to the crowd in New Richmond, Wisconsin, droves of attendees could be seen walking out of the event. A series of videos posted on Twitter on Saturday showed attendees leaving as the pillow pitchman spoke.

In a wide-ranging speech, Lindell slipped back and forth between his support for the former president and unfounded claims that the 2020 election had been rigged.

“Did you hear about the [voting] machines that were attacked by China? Did you hear about it?” he said.

He said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp shouldn’t have certified the voting results in their states.

He took aim at Fox News and Newsmax, calling them “cowards,” saying that it was “disgusting what they’ve done to our country,” as Newsweek first reported.

Newsmax anchor Bob Sellers in February had stopped Lindell from repeating claims about voting machines being tampered with during the election.

“Mike, you’re talking about machines, that we at Newsmax have not been able to verify any of those kinds of allegations,” Sellers said on air.

“We’re fighting for our First Amendment rights of free speech,” Lindell said on Saturday.

Insider reached out to Fox News and Newsmax for comment.

Lindell had previously held a half-empty rally at the Corn Palace in South Dakota.

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Mike Lindell’s lawyer has left his law firm, after being accused of filing a suit against Smartmatic and Dominion without authorization

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Mike Lindell.

  • Alec Beck, the lawyer representing MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, has parted ways with his law firm.
  • The move comes a day after he filed a new lawsuit against Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems.
  • According to Beck’s former employer, the lawsuit was filed without any authorization.
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Alec Beck, the lawyer representing MyPillow’s CEO, Mike Lindell, has left his law firm a day after filing a new lawsuit against Smartmatic and Dominion, according to Bloomberg.

Barnes & Thornburg, Beck’s former employer, said he filed the suit without its authorization.

The company issued a statement on Twitter on Friday night: “Late last night, firm management became aware that a Minneapolis firm lawyer filed a complaint, as local counsel, in federal district court without receiving firm authorization pursuant to internal firm approval procedures,” it said.

Lindell’s new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Minnesota, accuses both voting-machine companies of “weaponizing the litigation process to silence political dissent and suppress evidence showing voting machines were manipulated to affect outcomes in the November 2020 general election.”

As previously reported by Insider’s Grace Dean, Lindell stands to lose $2 billion over the legal battle.

Lindell’s latest complaint featured references to dystopian novels and William Shakespeare. One of the included quotes is attributed to Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”: “But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.” Another quote is from George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.”

Legal experts have spoken out about Lindell’s latest filing. These included attorney Akiva Cohen, who described it as “craptastic” and “half-assed” in a series of tweets.

In its Friday statement, Barnes & Thornburg added: “Firm management took action immediately. The firm has withdrawn as local counsel in this matter and has ended the client relationship. The attorney representing the client in this matter is no longer with the firm.”

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MyPillow’s Mike Lindell filed another lawsuit against voting machine companies that includes quotes from ‘1984,’ Shakespeare, and ‘Fahrenheit 451’

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Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, speaks during a campaign rally held by U.S. President Donald Trump at the Target Center on October 10, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Mike Lindell filed another lawsuit against voting machine companies involved in the 2020 election.
  • Dominion sued Lindell in February for $1.3 billion over his election-fraud claims.
  • The latest lawsuit features references to dystopian novels and William Shakespeare.
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“MyPillow guy” Mike Lindell filed another federal lawsuit Thursday against voting machine companies involved in the 2020 presidential election, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic.

MyPillow had already filed a lawsuit in April against Dominion for $1.6 billion, claiming the company was trying to stifle free speech. Dominion sued Lindell in February for $1.3 billion over claims he was making about election fraud involving their machines.

In the latest lawsuit, filed in federal court in Minnesota, Lindell accuses the companies of “weaponizing the litigation process to silence political dissent and suppress evidence showing voting machines were manipulated to affect outcomes in the November 2020 general election.”

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Lindell, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, has repeatedly spread false or unsubstantiated claims about the integrity of the election. For example, he perpetuated the since-debunked conspiracy theory that Dominion voting machines switched votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

The recent lawsuit repeats many of the claims from the first lawsuit MyPillow filed in April and accuses Dominion and Smartmatic of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy to use the court system to silence claims about them.

Sections of the 82-page lawsuit include titles such as “The Rise of the Machines,” “Gaslighting: The REAL Big Lie,” and “Shut Up Or Else.”

The lawsuit also features quotes from famous dystopian novels and English playwright William Shakespeare.

One of the included quotes is attributed to Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”: “But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.”

Another quote included is from George Orwell’s “1984”: “And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth.”

Dominion and Smartmatic did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. A Dominion spokesperson previously told Insider the initial lawsuit brought by MyPillow was a “meritless retaliatory lawsuit, filed by MyPillow to try to distract from the harm it caused to Dominion.”

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has taken more jabs at Dominion, accusing it of a voting ‘cover-up’ and suggesting its workers ‘turn themselves in’

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

  • Mike Lindell stepped up criticism of Dominion’s lawsuit against him on Saturday.
  • He claimed their case is “coming apart at the seams” and that “it’s over for them.”
  • The battle between the pillow-selling pundit and the voting-machine maker has yet to be resolved.
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Mike Lindell, MyPillow CEO and zealous supporter of former President Donald Trump, has offered further criticism of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.3 billion lawsuit against him.

During a conversation with Steve Bannon on the “Real America’s Voice” program on Saturday, he said the company’s case is “coming apart at the seams,” Newsweek reported.

Lindell doubled down on his previous baseless claims about election fraud. He also said a personal investigation is carrying out tests that will “prove” their voting machines were manipulated in President Joe Biden’s favor.

The comments came amid ongoing litigation between the manufacturer and the pillow-selling pundit. In February, Dominion sued Lindell for $1.3 billion, following his initial election claims.

Seeking to flip the lawsuit back on Dominion, Lindell filed a $1.6 billion countersuit in April. He claimed the voting machine maker was trying to stifle free speech and engaging in “cancel culture” against those who question it.

Lindell’s latest comments about Dominion could be damaging mid-litigation remarks, Newsweek reported.

“I’ll give Dominion a little scare this morning,” Lindell told Bannon. “We have machines now, I do. We have ES&S [Election Systems & Software] machines, we’ve got them all.”

He said: “We’re going to be putting out so much information over the next couple weeks, and this isn’t from Arizona, these are machines we actually have. We’re doing all of our own tests, we’re going to have a lot of surprises and a lot of great news for the country.”

Lindell accused Dominion of presiding over a “big cover-up,” which, he said, is “coming apart at the seams.”

He added: “If I was working at Dominion right now, I’d be turning myself in. I wouldn’t even let it go too much longer. It’s over for them.”

Lindell did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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