MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Doubles Down On Baseless Election Conspiracies In Jimmy Kimmel Interview

 MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Doubles Down On Baseless Election Conspiracies In Jimmy Kimmel Interview

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show on Wednesday night where he continued to make baseless claims about voting machines altering the result of last year’s election in a controversial interview which has been subject to criticism since being announced last week for offering a platform to Lindell’s conspiracy theories.

Key Facts

Kimmel began the segment addressing the criticism against his decision to interview Lindell—who he had been mocking for weeks—by telling Lindell it was important “that we talk to each other.”

Lindell repeated his unsubstantiated claims about Dominion—the company behind voting machines used in some states—tampering with the election results and even said he was going to bring “evidence of a Chinese cyberattack” in front of the Supreme Court and overturn the election results.

Kimmel confronted Lindell on many of his claims and noted that a direct line can be drawn between some of his ideas, and the riots at the U.S. Capitol, but the MyPillow CEO continued to talk about the “machines”

Kimmel even asked Lindell if he thought it was weird that the only person who has access to this “evidence” of election fraud is a guy “who sells pillows on cable.” 

Kimmel also questioned Lindell’s purported technical chops by asking him if he knows what an “IP Address” stand for and got the MyPillow CEO to admit that he didn’t. 

Lindell also told the late-night host that he had “received death threats” which have forced him to stay away from his home in Minnesota but he did not mention who these threats were from.

Crucial Quote

“I worry about you. I feel like you are maybe self-destructive, that you have lost everything repeatedly so many times in your life,” Kimmel told Lindell at one point.

Key Background

In February, Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell accusing him of selling lies involving the company’s voting machines “because the lie sells pillows.” The suit noted that MyPillow sponsored rallies that pushed election fraud claims, offered discount codes related to the conspiracy theory and advertised on right-wing news networks where the claims were being pushed. Earlier this month, Lindell countersued Dominion for $1.6 billion accusing the company of  “suppression of speech” and “attacks” against his company. The pillow executive has continued to push his unsubstantiated claims about Dominion even after being sued and he plans to release multiple self-produced documentaries involving the allegations.

Further Reading

Jimmy Kimmel Questions Mike Lindell on Election Conspiracies in Bizarre Interview, Defends Inviting Him on Show After Serious Criticism (Mediaite)

Jimmy Kimmel questions MyPillow guy Mike Lindell on voter fraud claims, asks why he believes he was ‘chosen’ to possess evidence of Chinese cyberattack (Business Insider)

Dominion Voting Sues MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell For Defamation Over Election Conspiracy (Forbes)