Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow and a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, was suspended from Twitter for promoting election conspiracies. A host on the conservative channel Newsmax recently walked out of an interview as the pillow salesman spouted off lies. Major retailers have begun dropping his product, and lawyers have threatened him with “imminent” defamation suits over his baseless allegations. But Lindell is still pushing the debunked and dangerous claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, most recently in a two-hour video that he paid far-right channel One America News Network to air for 12 hours straight on Friday. The video, called “Absolute Truth” (which was apparently mistakenly uploaded to YouTube as “Absolue Truth”), is a two-hour cavalcade of conspiracies about election fraud featuring delusional claims and discredited guests, such as Rudy Giuliani’s nationally mocked witness Melissa Carone. Lindell careens through baseless allegations with infomercial pitchman energy, interspersed with stock footage — including arms bearing a hammer and sickle to represent Communism.“This is an attack not only on those other countries with Communism, but they had domestic traitors right here in our country. Whatever is going on right now we’re seeing it, they’re suppressing ― cancel culture, they’re trying to cancel us all out. I’ve just seen churches, Christian churches, they’re being attacked,” Lindell says frantically, as the video cuts between him and an animation of a rubber stamp that says “cancelled.”Lindell has become one of the most prominent Trump allies to continue to push the anti-democratic fantasy that President Joe Biden will somehow be removed from office and the 2020 election overturned. Before Trump left office, Lindell was photographed entering the White House carrying notes that included a suggestion to invoke martial law. Right wing media has nevertheless given Lindell an immense platform, promoting his conspiracies to millions of viewers with appearances on Newsmax, OAN and Fox News’ top-rated host Tucker Carlson’s prime-time show. At times Lindell has proven to be too far removed from reality, or too much of a legal liability, for hosts to let him air his views unchallenged. OAN, which has heavily promoted baseless election fraud claims in the past, aired Lindell’s video on Friday with a long disclaimer stating that Lindell purchased the airtime and that the channel did not endorse the allegations in the video, which OAN said “are not intended to be taken or interpreted by the viewer as established facts.”OAN’s disclaimer specifically distances the channel from claims Lindell makes about voting systems from Dominion and Smartmatic, two companies which have been at the center of debunked conspiracy theories alleging they helped rig the election. Smartmatic filed a $2.
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