MyPillow products have suddenly disappeared from the Costco website, according to a new report from Business Insider. MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell has been a chief proponent of pro-Trump conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential race, which the ex-president and his allies have falsely claimed was rigged for Biden. Just last month, Lindell insisted during an appearance on ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast that supposed evidence of the imaginary voter fraud that he would imminently be presenting would help get Trump back in office by August, but there’s obviously no legitimate support for this theory.
Mike Lindell declares that as a result of voter fraud lawsuit he'll soon be filing, "Donald Trump will be back in office in August." pic.twitter.com/5Ewtd9SZ1O
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“Insider asked Costco whether it had cut ties with the brand,” according to the outlet, but the store “declined to comment.” Just last week, Lindell admitted to Insider that 22 retailers had cut off their connections with his company this year, suggesting that Lindell’s outspoken embrace of delusional conspiracy theories has put his company on edge. The lies that he helped spread led to the rioting at the Capitol in January, which unfolded in connection to an outdoor rally that day in D.C. where then-President Trump himself spoke. Neither Trump nor Lindell have systematically tamped down their rhetoric after the violence.
Although Lindell says that the lost retail connections could cost MyPillow some $65 million this year alone, he’s apparently looking to commercials on radio shows and podcasts to help make up the lost revenue. Meanwhile, Lindell is facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, a voting technology company that has figured prominently into the conspiracy theories that Lindell and his political allies have pushed. Disgraced attorney Sidney Powell, who is also facing a hefty Dominion defamation lawsuit, even claimed that Dominion was part of an election-rigging scheme kickstarted by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez — who died over seven years ago!
Troublingly, a recent Reuters/ Ipsos survey revealed that six in ten Republicans say that they believe that the election was “stolen” from Trump via widespread fraud, despite the fact that no credible evidence of this conspiracy theory ever emerged and no court anywhere in the country ever even partially accepted the idea. This level of attachment to delusion within a major political party is just not sustainably healthy for democracy.