MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell boasted that “hundreds of thousands” have been watching his 96-hour “Thanks-A-Thon” through the Thanksgiving vacation however solely dozens of viewers could possibly be verified.
Lindell speculated that there have been “in all probability hundreds of thousands of individuals watching proper now” through the afternoon on the Thanksgiving livestream, in accordance with The Impartial. Nevertheless, the “Freedom Patriot Community” YouTube channel that was carrying the occasion had solely dozens of viewers as of Thursday night.
The whole variety of viewers was unclear because the occasion was additionally being streamed on Lindell’s personal platforms together with Frank Speech and Lindell TV, the place viewing figures weren’t being shared publicly.
The “Thanks-A-Thon” passed off after Lindell missed a self-imposed deadline to file a Supreme Court docket case that he claimed would inexplicably result in the “reinstatement” of former President Donald Trump. Lindell is a staunch supporter of Trump and a proponent of baseless and discredited conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him.
Throughout an look on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s Warfare Room: Pandemic podcast earlier this week, Lindell prompt that his personal roadblocks to submitting the lawsuits have been “very suspicious” whereas lamenting that state attorneys common had not signed onto the swimsuit regardless of his lobbying.
Bannon, who’s presently dealing with legal contempt prices for defying a subpoena from the Home January 6 Committee, was additionally scheduled to seem as a visitor through the “Thanks-A-Thon,” together with different right-wing personalities like Diamond and Silk.
In the course of the livestream on Thursday, Lindell urged viewers to ahead a replica of the non-filed Supreme Court docket criticism to their state lawyer common alongside a type e mail accessible on his Frank Speech web site.
“Ship that e mail out to your lawyer common and also you say, ‘You already know what? We have to save our nation,'” Lindell stated. “It is your duty now, you attorneys common, you’ll want to all signal. You must get this signed.”
“No extra excuses, no extra excuses ‘I am too busy,'” he aded. “We must always by no means be too busy for the primary factor that is ruining our nation and that’s the 2020 election.”
The shape e mail is titled “Convey the case to the Supreme Court docket to cease the stolen 2020 Election!” It argues that “Our Nation can not transfer ahead with respectable elections with out first fixing the fraud within the November 2020 election” and urges the officers to “carry this case to the Supreme Court docket to avoid wasting our State and our Nation!”
Lindell’s claims of huge election fraud, which aren’t supported by any credible proof, contain false assertions that voting machines have been hacked and votes for Trump have been electronically “flipped” to be counted for President Joe Biden.
Dominion Voting Programs sued Lindell for $1.3 billion over the claims. One skilled that appeared throughout Thursday’s livestream conceded that the machines in an often-cited Michigan county weren’t linked to the web.
Lindell left the “Thanks-A-Thon” for a minimum of two important stretches through the first 24 hours of the occasion, which he beforehand said can be “96 hours straight.” The MyPillow CEO left the stream lower than two hours after it began and returned a number of hours later.
Lindell additionally disappeared shortly after an interview with former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, with MyPillow adverts and photographs from the “cyber symposium” that Lindell falsely claimed would current proof resulting in Trump’s reinstatement over the summer time airing as an alternative.
Newsweek reached out to MyPillow for remark.