MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s microphone was muted after he started touting conspiracy theories about vaccines during an interview at CPAC.
Lindell sat down with Liz Willis, a host on the conservative YouTube channel Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN), on Sunday and launched into a rant associating vaccines with the devil before he was suddenly cut off.
‘In Israel right now, the prime minister on down, we don’t know what happened, but obviously, he congratulated Biden, but after that, we got a little suspect,’ Lindell said.
‘Right now with the vaccine over there, they are making the whole country take it so you can’t go in shopping malls, you wouldn’t be able to get a job, and if this happens, it the start for the world, the worst thing that could happen to this world.’
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s microphone was muted after he started touting conspiracy theories about vaccines during an interview with conservative YouTube channel Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) at CPAC on Sunday
‘I’m telling you with the vaccine… if you get a vaccine, which is only 95% effective, they say, then they want you to do another one in six months, six months,’ he continued.
‘Well, I’m telling you when you get that, what do you care what someone else does, if that person wants to come to a mall and they don’t want to get a vaccine. This is our bodies, this is “mark of the beast” stuff.’
The phrase ‘mark of the beast’ refers to a Bible passage from the Book of Revelation that labels something as evil or demonic.
Lindell went on to mention something about ‘double masking’ before his microphone went silent for about 20 seconds.
When he finally finished talking, his mic was turned back on as Willis said: ‘I hate to do it. You know I love you, but due to YouTube’s guidelines, we will get our whole platform shut down, if you talk about vaccines.’
‘Well, this is over in Israel,’ Lindell replied incredulously.
Willis attempted to placate him by saying: ‘I know. We love you, we love you.’
When he finally finished talking, his mic was turned back on as host Liz Willis (right) said: ‘I hate to do it. You know I love you, but due to YouTube’s guidelines, we will get our whole platform shut down, if you talk about vaccines’
The interview came at the end of a difficult week for Lindell, who was hit with a $1.3billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems last Monday after repeatedly claiming that the election was stolen, and Dominion’s machines switched
In the suit Lindell was accused of making the wild claims in a bid to appear more frequently on television, and promote his company.
‘Lindell — a talented salesman and former professional card counter — sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows,’ Tom Clare, the defamation attorney representing Dominion Voting Systems, wrote in the lawsuit.
On Monday, Lindell told
‘I lost 20 retailers, and it’s cost me $65 million this year that I won’t get back, OK?’ Lindell said.
‘There’s your story. Print it right. Don’t try and twist this.’
Dominion alleges in the lawsuit that the conspiracy theories are a platform for Lindell to sell more pillows.
‘After hitting the jackpot with Donald Trump’s endorsement for MyPillow and after a million-dollar bet on Fox News ads had paid out handsome returns, Michael Lindell exploited another chance to boost sales: marketing MyPillow to people who would tune in and attend rallies to hear Lindell tell the ‘Big Lie’ that Dominion had stolen the 2020 election,’ Clare wrote.
The interview came at the end of a difficult week for Lindell, who was hit with a $1.3billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems last Monday after repeatedly claiming that the election was stolen
Dominion Voting Systems, pictured in Georgia, were accused by Lindell of switching votes
Lindell rubbished the suggestion that he had a ‘preconceived plan’ to make money from the election fraud controversy.
He said that the retailer boycott from brands like Kohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond has cost him tens of millions of dollars in revenue.
‘Those stores combined did $65 million in business last year. And now I won’t have them this year, or any year,’ he said.
He added: ‘When I’m boycotted, people tend to buy more pillows — at least in the short term.
‘I always get a little lift for a couple of days when they attack the company. But now this time is different.’
Lindell, who is long rumored to be eyeing a political career himself, met with Trump in the Oval Office, taking notes with him suggesting the president declare martial law.
Lindell then produced and funded a two-hour ‘docu-movie’ called Absolute Proof.
Lindell and Trump are pictured during a Made In America event at the White House in 2017
YouTube and Vimeo pulled Absolute Proof from their platforms due to policies regarding the sharing of election misinformation.
Throughout the movie, Lindell offers no proof of the claims he makes, including the unsubstantiated allegations that Dominion software was manipulated to delete votes for Trump.
According to Lindell, Absolute Proof has been viewed more than 110 million times, though he declined to offer evidence for those viewership numbers.
This year’s Super Bowl had around 96 million viewers.
Lindell told Insider he welcomes the lawsuit from Dominion.
‘I am happy that I got served the papers today,’ Lindell said, adding that he had a team of lawyers already working on his case.
Dominion have also sued Trump’s lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, and a rival company, Smartmatic, has similarly sued Fox News for their allegations that they switched votes.
‘I’m not a stupid person,’ said Lindell.
‘I have a huge company that I built from scratch. I’m an ex-addict, and I’m not going to back down from some big billion-dollar company that’s trying to steal our country.
‘All I want is this election now. I don’t care how much money it costs me.’