Twitter Permanently Suspends Pro-Trump MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell
Lindell had used his platform to tweet baseless theories about the 2020 election being rigged.
Twitter has permanently suspended MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an avid Donald Trump supporter, from its platform after he spouted disinformation about the 2020 election for months.
As of Tuesday, Lindell’s account @realMikeLindell was labeled “Account Suspended” and linked to a list of the social media company’s rules on safety and violence. In a statement to multiple outlets, a Twitter spokesperson said Lindell was permanently suspended “due to repeated violations of our Civil Integrity Policy.” NowThis reached out to Twitter for confirmation.
Lindell has been Trump’s ally throughout his presidency, including supporting his unfounded claims of voter fraud during the 2020 election and visiting the White House. According to NBC News, Lindell financed protests after the election in an effort to overturn the results.
Lindell frequently used his Twitter account to spread conspiracy theories peddled by Trump and his allies that President Joe Biden’s victory was fraudulent. Election officials and government agencies have repeatedly debunked these claims.
Earlier this month, Dominion Voting Systems sent Lindell a letter threatening legal action after he tweeted that the voting company was responsible for Trump’s loss.
In the letter, obtained by KARE 11, Dominion’s team attached screenshots of Lindell’s tweets making unfounded accusations about the company and election. In one tweet, Lindell wrote that Trump “won in a historical landslide,” which is false.
“Dominion machines stole millions of votes from @realDonaldTrump ! Antrim county Michigan is just a small sample of the evidence! Can’t wait for the world to see it all!” one of Lindell’s tweets read.
On Monday, Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion over similar false claims about the company. The lawsuit alleges several instances of Giuliani spreading a false narrative about Dominion’s voting machines helping rig the election, including during appearances on Fox News, OANN, and his podcast “Common Sense.” The lawsuit claimed that Giuliani, along with pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, concocted the idea to falsely blame Dominion’s machines, without evidence, for Trump’s loss.
Last week, Lindell said that several vendors including Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Wayfair would stop selling MyPillow products. Lindell blamed the retailers’ decisions to drop MyPillow on “fake” social media and watchdog groups who he said hired people to threaten his vendors. Outside of business, multiple outlets have reported that Lindell has considered running for governor of Minnesota, where his company is based.
Lindell’s removal from Twitter comes less than three weeks after the platform permanently suspended Trump following the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead. Twitter wrote at the time that the decision was “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”