Mike Lindell, the Trump-supporting CEO of MyPillow, said Tuesday that Twitter was “running” his account for two weeks before eventually banning him over claims he violated the company’s new civics policy practices.
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Lindell also revisited previous claims about Dominion Voting Systems, thus far unfounded, in which he says he has evidence that the company changed votes during the Nov. 3 election to favor President Joe Biden.
As he introduced the segment, Carlson thanked Lindell for being a primary sponsor of his show and the network in general, while going on to note that several major retailers have dropped the MyPillow brand from their online and brick-and-mortar stores. He also said that shortly before his program began, Lindell’s line was mysteriously cut, forcing the CEO to call in via FaceTime.
In bringing Lindell on, Carlson pointed out that retailers began dropping MyPillow products as the CEO increasingly voiced support for former President Donald Trump, including after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building that Democrats and some Republicans have blamed on him and said it led to his unprecedented second impeachment.
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“It seems pretty clear they’re sending a message: People the public recognizes cannot step out of line because you might convince others to do the same,” Carlson said before asking Lindell to respond.
The CEO began by saying that after he went public in 2016 with his support for Trump, he was attacked online by “bots and trolls,” adding he’s “been through this before.”
“Last spring, I spoke out from the Rose Garden and I said we should get in our Bibles and reach out to Jesus, stay with our families. We were attacked then, so we’re used to this at MyPillow,” Lindell said.
“This time, it’s different. This time, about 17 days ago, when someone put up on the internet actual new machine election fraud, I retweeted it, and they took my Twitter down. Now when they took it down, this is interesting, they didn’t take it down all the way. I just couldn’t do anything and they were running my Twitter like they were me,” he continued.
“My friends are going ‘You’re not tweeting very much and when you do…’ — I said I’m not doing that! So I try to take it down and I got a thing from Germany saying these are Twitter rules and you cannot do this, take anything down. So they ran my Twitter for 14 or 15 days,” he told Carlson.
He added that Twitter allowed him access to his account on Tuesday, but then banned him permanently after he says he tweeted a letter from an employee praising him and his company.
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Lindell then accused Dominion of going after him and his company, hiring “hit groups and bots and trolls” to go after his vendors and engaging in “cancel culture,” including a recovery program for addicts that he founded. He also said he tried telling his vendors that the online attacks were not all coming from real customers, but to no avail.
“I thought the rules were if you think someone is saying something incorrect, you explain how it’s incorrect and you convince his audience that you’re right and he’s wrong,” Carlson responded. “When did that go away? When did we decide force was the only answer to disagreement?”
“Right. I can’t even livestream on Facebook, they’ve shut it down,” Lindell said, going on to say he has evidence of fraud involving Dominion voting machines.
“I’ve been all-in trying to find the machine fraud and I found it. So all these outlets that have been calling me from the Washington Post, New York Times, every outlet in the country, they go ‘Mike Lindell, there’s no evidence and he’s making fraudulent statements.’ No, I have the evidence, I dare people to put it on. I dare Dominion to sue me because it would get out faster,” Lindell continued.
“They don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want that, they just want to say: ‘Oh, you’re wrong,’” he said.
“They’re not making conspiracy theories go away by doing that,” Carlson replied.
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