Jimmy Kimmel Has MyPillow CEO On Show Despite Voting Orgs Urging Him To Cancel
Mike Lindell is a Trump loyalist and one of the most vocal spreaders of the baseless conspiracy theory that the election was stolen.
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel brought on controversial MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell as a guest Wednesday night, despite calls from voting organizations to cancel the scheduled appearance.
During the interview, Lindell quickly dove into his and other Donald Trump loyalists’ baseless theory that corrupted voting machines resulted in a fraudulent 2020 election. Lindell claimed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he obtained “evidence” in January to support his theory and that he would soon bring it to the Supreme Court.
“Do you ever think it’s weird, I mean just objectively looking at yourself, and going ‘Why is it that the only person in the country who has this evidence is a guy who sells pillows on cable?’” Kimmel asked. “Why would you think you have broken this code of all people?”
“It wasn’t me that broke it, they brought it to me,” Lindell said, not specifying who “they” is.
Lindell, who is banned from Twitter, is in the middle of a legal battle with Dominion Voting Systems — the voting technology company he has accused of stealing “millions of votes.” Dominion sued Lindell and his company MyPillow in February for defamation and claimed Lindell’s company profited off of his conspiracy. Dominion is seeking more than $1 billion in damages, and MyPillow filed a countersuit against Dominion in April.
Ahead of Lindell’s appearance on Kimmel, voting rights organizations urged broadcaster ABC and the late night host to cancel the interview. Political watchdog group Common Cause sent a letter to the show on Tuesday, signed by other organizations including Democracy Initiative, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the League of Women Voters of the United States.
“We believe that having Mr. Lindell on your show will give him a bigger platform to spread his lies and disinformation, and knowingly mislead the public about the integrity of our election systems,” the letter read. “To be clear, even joking about his conspiracy theories can lead to the spread of disinformation.”
Kimmel said during the interview that “a lot of people didn’t want” Lindell to appear on the show, including liberals and conservatives.
“But I think it’s important that we talk to each other,” Kimmel said.
Kimmel also told Lindell he doesn’t think there is “any validity” to the CEO’s conspiracies and at one point joked that Lindell’s paranoia is a result of his past drug addiction.
“I also think there’s something going on from the crack, or something that has, you know whatever, that made you think — I mean, you mentioned paranoid,” Kimmel said.
Lindell and Kimmel went back and forth over the election conspiracy theory and Kimmel pointed out that multiple government agencies under the Trump administration found no evidence of fraud during the 2020 election.
Trump’s campaign filed more than 60 lawsuits in several swing states to fight election results, but nearly all of them failed in court. In November, the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity’s Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint statement calling the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.” Shortly after, Trump fired CISA’s Director Christopher Krebs.
Watch the entire interview here: