Politics Mike Lindell Misses Self-Imposed Deadline to File Lawsuit Proving Trump Won in 2020
I watched 60 hours of My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell's 96-hour election fraud live stream so you don't have to. Here are 5 things you missed.
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell held a 96-hour marathon livestream from Thursday to Sunday, where he pushed debunked election fraud conspiracy theories.Lindell, who has long parroted Trump's voter-fraud claims and pushed a false theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, is facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems over his allegations involving the company.
My Pillow founderfailed to meet his self-imposed Thanksgiving deadline to formally file a 2020 election challenge lawsuit with the .
Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President, has been of the baseless conspiracy theory that 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen" in favor of President . Although Trump and Lindell continue to tout the allegation, the so-called "evidence" they have put forward has been consistently discredited and debunked.
Mike Lindell blames the RNC for not being able to file a Supreme Court complaint that he baselessly claims would overturn the election results
Lindell did not manage to get a single state to sign on to his Supreme Court complaint that he told supporters would overturn the election.Lindell earlier promised his supporters that he would get the lawsuit — which baselessly claims election fraud in the 2020 election — to the court before Thanksgiving. He has not filed the complaint, and instead uploaded a copy of it to his website on Tuesday. However, the complaint appeared to be missing key components, including the names and signatures of a plaintiff and counsel.
The pro-Trump businessman for weeks promised that he would finally file a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results directly with the Supreme Court. He claimed that he would have the support of multiple states' attorneys general—but their support did not materialize and the much-touted Supreme Court lawsuit was not filed.
"We will have this before the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving," Lindell promised in September during an episode of former Trump administration official's War Room podcast. "That's my promise to the people of this country."
On Tuesday, Lindell did publicly release a copy of his complaint which he hopes to file with the Supreme Court. "We are in unchartered [sic] territory as a Nation. The November 2020 election was stolen," the complaint alleges before going on to lay out a series of debunked and discredited conspiracy theories and dubious claims. It takes particular aim at key battleground states—including Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
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In the time I spent with Mike Lindell, I came to learn that he is affable, devout, philanthropic—and a clear threat to the nation.Here is what you probably don’t imagine: an affable, self-made midwesterner, one of those goofy businessmen who makes his own infomercials. A recovered crack addict, no less, who laughs good-naturedly when jokes are made at his expense. A man who will talk to anyone willing to listen (and to many who aren’t). A philanthropist. A good boss. A patriot—or so he says—who may well be doing more damage to American democracy than anyone since Jefferson Davis.
Lindell claimed this week that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been working to block his lawsuit from moving forward. During a Monday live stream on his website Frank Speech, the My Pillow founder took aim at RNC chairand the GOP.
"We believe that they [the RNC] have reached out to multiple [attorneys general] and put pressure on them, not to sign the Supreme Court complaint," Lindell said.
"How dare the RNC try and stop this case from getting to the Supreme Court. Shame on you, RNC! You are worse thannow," he added.
Newsweek reached out to the RNC for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
Lindell, who continues to advertise My Pillow products on, has repeatedly attacked the conservative network for declining to promote his baseless claims. The Trump ally even organized a small protest outside of Fox New headquarters in Manhattan, New York this week, after claiming that the network was "controlled opposition" .
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Lindell, who falsely claims that former President Donald Trump "won" the 2020 election, was described as an "angel investor."The group Cause of America bills itself as "an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on election integrity," although the group's website features discredited claims about the 2020 election and links to articles only from right-wing news outlets like One America News Network and personalities like Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Speaking to Bannon's podcast again on Wednesday, Lindell described Fox News as the "biggest election deflection ever." He said it's "disgusting what Fox has done," lamenting that the network doesn't "talk about the election of 2020." The My Pillow founder suggested that his Supreme Court lawsuit could still move forward, urging listeners to contact their states' attorneys general.
Regardless of Lindell's claims, more than 60 election challenge lawsuits have already failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by Trump and otherhave rejected the allegations. Meanwhile, recounts and audits in states across the country have consistently reaffirmed the 2020 election results.
Former Attorney General, who was widely viewed as one of Trump's most loyal Cabinet members, said in December that there was "no evidence" of voter fraud that would change the election's outcome. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the that the 2020 election was the "most secure in American history." That federal agency was led by a Trump appointee at the time.
Mike Lindell Calls for Protest Outside Fox News Despite MyPillow Advertising on Network
The Trump loyalist called the network "controlled opposition" even as it confirmed MyPillow ads continue to run across Fox News.Lindell has been one of the key promoters of Trump's baseless conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen" in favor of President Joe Biden. While Lindell has put forward alleged "evidence" of widespread voter fraud, it has been consistently discredited and debunked by election experts and computer scientists, as well as by Republican and Democratic officials.
Mike Lindell reveals incomplete 2020 election Supreme Court complaint .
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell may not be bringing his 2020 election lawsuit to the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving as advertised, but he did post it online days before the holiday. © Provided by Washington Examiner The 82-page complaint was shared on his website Tuesday with some blank spots, including plaintiffs, according to Reuters reporter Brad Heath. PILLOW TALK: DONALD TRUMP TALKS LOYALTY AND ELECTION FRAUD WITH MIKE LINDELL"The claim seems to rely on an Electors Clause theory that the Supreme Court declined to hear last year and a state standing argument that it rejected when Texas sued.