Mike Lindell Admits He Probably Sold Trump That Pillow Of Goods About Re-Becoming President In August
Many very highly respected people have been saying that!
Who'd a thought Donald Trump was stupid enough to listen to the MyPillow guy's claims about how he's going to print out so many YouTubes full of election frauds to show to the Supreme Court that the Supreme Court will simply HAVE to vote 9-0 to overturn the election and restore Trump to power, specifically in August?
But it's kinda hilarious to see it confirmed, at least from Mike Lindell's perspective.
"If Trump is saying August, that is probably because he heard me say it publicly," Lindell told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.
DOY DOY DOY DOY DOY. If Donald Trump is
saying August, it is probably because he's been hearing the MyPillow guy say that, says the man who's also pretty sure that when his new social media platform Frank
And Beans Speech really gets going, "Mr. Alphabet, Mr. Google, Suckabuck and Dorky" are going to really get it stuck to them, and they'll say, "OH WOW, THE MYPILLOW GUY IS A GENIUS!"
It gets better. You know that thing Donald Trump says when he's been listening to the stupidest of the stupid, the unwell-est of the unwell, where he claims he's been talking to "many very highly respected people" or something like that? You never really know, does he BELIEVE these people are "highly respected"? Is it a con? Is he conning himself? Is he just that stupidest of the stupid himself? The answer is yes:
In the past few weeks, two people close to Trump told The Daily Beast, the ex-president had begun increasingly quizzing confidants about a potential August return to power. What's more, he claimed that a lot of "highly respected" people—who Trump did not name—have been saying it's possible.
In this case, it appears the "highly respected" person Donald Trump is talking about is ... yep, it's the MyPillow guy!
"Donald Trump, I believe, will be back in by the end of August," Lindell said in a late-May appearance on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon's War Room podcast, claiming that even liberals like MSNBC host Rachel Maddow would admit the election was stolen. (So far, Maddow has not.)
What will really shock you here is that Lindell is backtracking a bit, or at least moving the goalposts or hiding the sausage or some idiom or another. Did he say August? He did not literally mean the month of August. He meant more like the idea of August.
"The month of August, for this, is subjective," he said in an interview.
"It is my hope that Donald Trump is reinstated, after all the proof comes out, by the end of August ...
It is his hope!
"... but I don't know if it'll be that month, specifically."
Maybe not specifically.
"I started saying August…about four weeks ago. That was my estimation."
Actually you started saying it March 29, dude. Wonkette is always happy to keep record of the atrocities.
"I spoke about it with my lawyers who said that they should have something ready for us to bring before the U.S. Supreme Court by July. So, in my mind, I hope that means that we could have Donald Trump back in the White House by August. That's how I landed on August, and I'm hopeful that that is correct."
He really measured twice and cut once on that one.
Point is, Donald Trump really is the stupidest person in the world, and he's that desperate. CNN's Dana Bash reported that, according to a former Trump aide she spoke to, Trump is "listening to, quote, 'The bottom of the bottom of the crazies in the barrel'" in his desperate attempt to avoid the truth that he is the world's greatest living loser. He will listen to anyone, no matter how dumb, no matter how unhinged, even if it is the MyPillow guy.
From what the Beast reports, it sounds like that "bottom of the bottom of the crazies" is getting kinda lonely, with even absolute moron former Trump clown lawyer Jenna Ellis admitting Trump will not be "reinstated" like Sidney Powell suggested, even as Ellis clings to paste-snorting conspiracy theories about Trump actually winning the election where Joe Biden beat the shit out of him. But the MyPillow guy has an answer for that too:
On Wednesday, Lindell said Ellis's tweet was "ridiculous" and, "I've spoken to lawyers about this and she doesn't know what she is talking about."
Shhhhhh, you guys, he's talked to the lawyers and he's not crazy, YOU'RE CRAZY.
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And he took a minute to jump up Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema's asses.
Difficult though it is to believe, Joe Biden yesterday became the first US president to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to mark an anniversary of the 1921 race massacre that leveled the city's Greenwood district, leaving as many as 300 Black residents dead, and thousands homeless and having lost everything. It took the centennial for a president to come. No one was ever arrested in the massacre, which was covered up by white officialdom for decades.
In his speech, Biden recounted the horror of the two-day rampage by white mobs, fueled by a false newspaper account suggesting that a 19-year-old Black man had attempted to rape a 17-year-old white elevator operator.
One hundred years ago, at this hour, on this first day of June smoke darkened the Tulsa sky, rising from 35 blocks of Greenwood that were left in ash and ember, razed in rubble. In less than 24 hours, 1,100 Black homes and businesses were lost. Insurance companies — they had insurance, many of them — rejected claims of damage. Ten thousand people were left destitute and homeless, placed in interment camps.
Biden drew applause from the crowd when he said "this was not a riot. This was a massacre." He noted that it was "among the worst in our history, but not the only one. And for too long, forgotten by our history. As soon as it happened there was a clear effort to erase it from our memory — our collective memories."
Here's the full speech:
A few highlights:
History Has To Be Honest
In a clear rebuke to Republican-led states that are banning discussions of race and history that might make white people uncomfortable, Biden said, "We can't just choose to learn what we want to know and not what we should know. We should know the good, the bad, everything. That's what great nations do. [...] I come here to fill the silence. Because in silence, wounds deepen."
Referring to the past year's reckoning with systemic racism in policing — and the backlash to the very idea that there's a problem — Biden said,
There's greater recognition that for too long we've allowed a narrow, cramped view of the promise of this nation to fester — the view that America is a zero-sum game, where there's only one winner. "If you succeed, I fail." "If you get ahead, I fall behind." "If you get a job, I lose mine.'" [That one, remember, got Jesse Helms reelected in 1990 — Dok] And maybe worst of all: "If I hold you down, I lift myself up." Instead of: "if you do well, we all do well."
It's The Generational Wealth, Stupid
Biden pointed out that the tragedy of Greenwood — and of the multitude of similar white raids on Black communities throughout the Jim Crow era — wasn't just the immediate loss of homes, belongings, and businesses, but a much greater loss, of the opportunity to pass on homes and businesses through the generations. And through policies like discriminatory lending, redlining, and building freeways that divided communities of color, the federal government actively participated in denying Black Americans the opportunities to build wealth. Repeating a point he'd made in his proclamation on the anniversary of the massacre, Biden noted that the people of Greenwood — and so many other places in the last century — never had a chance to rebuild.
This is fairly remarkable stuff for an American president to acknowledge, although as we noted yesterday, it's a core part of arguments for reparations: The harm done by slavery and segregation didn't just affect those who lived it, but all their descendants. The steps Biden announced yesterday — efforts to steer more federal contracts to small disadvantaged businesses, and to strengthen federal fair housing policy — represent just a start at closing the racial wealth gap.
Another Impossible Job For Kamala Harris
Biden then turned to Republican attacks on voting rights, promising to "fight like heck" (yes, he is Joe Biden) to preserve the right to vote. "This sacred right is under assault with incredible intensity like I've never seen," he said, "with an intensity and an aggressiveness we've not seen in a long, long time." Biden called the attempts to make voting harder "simply un-American," but noted that it's not unprecedented. You could certainly argue that, considering the events he was in Tulsa to mark, white supremacy is entirely too American.
Calling for June to be a "month of action on Capitol Hill," Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the effort in the Senate to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. The former would set national standards to ensure people can vote in federal elections, and the latter would restore the requirement that state changes in voting laws be cleared by the Justice Department, to make sure they don't restrict access to the ballot.
Yeah, Joe Manchin And Kyrsten Sinema, Biden Means You
While he was at it, Biden also took what seemed to be an off-text and slightly frustrated jab at Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for their reluctance to move his legislative agenda forward.
I hear all the folks on TV saying, "Why doesn't Biden get this done?" Well, because Biden only has a majority of effectively four votes in the House, and a tie in the Senate — with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends.
Brace yourself for mutterings and flutterings from the civility police, and the inevitable fact checks pointing out that Manchin and Sinema don't actually vote more frequently with the Republicans. The Washington Post points out that Sinema at least supports the voting bills; Manchin has suggested he'd rather focus on the John Lewis Act and restoring the "preclearance" provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Manchin would apply preclearance to all states, mooting the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby County decision, which nuked preclearance because it only applied to states with a history of voter suppression prior to 1965.
But Manchin and Sinema have both opposed doing away with the legislative filibuster, which in effect has given Senate Republicans a veto over virtually every part of Biden's agenda, so on that one, we'll go with fact check true.
Biden closed his Tulsa speech by coming back to the original American sin that led to the 1921 massacre, white supremacy, noting that the intelligence community has identified white supremacist extremism as "the most lethal threat to the homeland." He warned, as he has in other speeches, that
hate is never defeated. It only hides. It hides. It is given a little bit of oxygen, just a little bit of oxygen by its leaders, it comes out from under the rock like it was happening again, as if it never went away.
He ended on a hopeful note, pointing out that on the whole, young people today embrace diversity and reject hate, and offering the sort of goofy Joe Bidenish observation that one degree of social change is reflected in TV ads that feature lots of racially diverse couples. It wasn't really a scientific data point, he acknowledged, but he said advertisers aren't stupid, and know what images of America will catch on with consumers. "They're sellin' soap!" We figure the rightwing rage machine will be all over that one by dinnertime tonight.
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Yeah, they were gonna make it illegal to give people rides to go vote.
I'd like to believe that late Sunday night, on some cosmic plane, Ann Richards and Molly Ivins were high-fiving each other when Democrats walked out of the Texas House chamber shortly before midnight, temporarily killing Republicans' terrible voter-suppression bill. Yes, of course it's going to come back and pass in a special session some time later this summer, but the point is that, for a while at least, we won't be seeing Greg Abbott smugly signing the bill into law and lying about how he's protecting the "integrity" of the vote.
And who knows, there's even the slimmest of chances that the US Senate might pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, although for that to happen, our secular prayers for the enlightenment of Joe Manchin would have to be answered. After Republicans shafted Manchin's bipartisan fantasy on the January 6 Commission, we'd like to hope he may yet realize that saving democracy and saving the filibuster are in fact two different things.
Texas Senate Bill 7, which was written behind closed doors by Republican state senators, aimed to prevent a repeat of 2020's record voter turnout, even though Donald Trump won the state and John Cornyn (R) held his US Senate seat. It would have prohibited a number of measures that increased turnout among Black and Latino voters, particularly in Harris County, the state's largest county and home to Houston. It would have banned after-hours voting, drive-through voting, absentee ballot drop boxes, and the 24-hour voting centers that Harris County set up. Partisan poll watchers would be granted more power to nose around at voting sites, although the bill still generously allowed voters to mark their ballots privately.
It also took aim at "Souls to the Polls" voting drives that have been popular with Black churches, in which people would take buses or car pool to the polls right after church services, by banning voting before 1 p.m. on Sundays and requiring that anyone who drove more than two non-relatives to a polling place would have to sign a form explaining why they were giving other people a ride. (Hey, at least the current version of the law didn't require those reasons to be approved by state officials, oh shit, I've given them ideas.)
And despite the lack of any widespread fraud, the bill would have required people voting by mail to provide a driver's license or Social Security number, as well as made it a felony for voting officials to send out absentee ballot request forms to anyone who hadn't asked for one. It would even have imposed more stringent standards for someone to request an absentee ballot because of a disability.
No, Texas Republicans were not brimming with examples of people committing fraud by not being quite disabled enough. Assuming that provision survives into the special session, you can expect disability rights groups to join in on the lawsuits once this dog's breakfast passes in a special session. (Today would be a nice day to send a check, if you can, to the ACLU of Texas, Common Cause Texas, or NAACP Legal Defense Fund.)
Oh, yes, and on top of all that, SB 7 would have made it easier for elections to be overturned in court, just in case a Democrat accidentally got more votes anyway.
The Texas Senate rushed the bill through on Saturday, and it headed for easy passage in the House Sunday night. But with an hour left before a final voting deadline and all their parliamentary delaying tactics used up, House Democrats headed for the exits, leaving the 150-member body without the two-thirds needed for a quorum.
"Leave the chamber discreetly. Do not go to the gallery. Leave the building," Grand Prairie state Rep. Chris Turner, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said in a text message to other Democrats obtained by The Texas Tribune.
About 30 Democratic House members met at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in East Austin for a press conference, while Republicans started crying about what a shame it was that the Democrats had refused to do the people's business by letting Republicans do their business all over voting rights.
In a Sunday-night tweet, Abbott promised a special session for the "voter integrity" bill, as well as for a similarly awful "bail reform" measure that would make it substantially harder for people to bond out of jail. It too was left unfinished when the Democrats walked out. Monday, Abbott escalated his hissy fit, insisting he would defund the state legislature via line-item veto. In a tweet, he said, "No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities. Stay tuned."
So that's real mature, and sure to be welcome news to the Republican majority in the Lege. The pay for Texas legislators is $600 a month, for $7,200 a year, plus a $221 per diem while the Lege is in session.
Oh, and the budget line Abbott plans to veto only applies to the coming fiscal year, beginning September 1. He showed them! We suspect that once the Republicans steamroll the voter suppression and bail-"reform" bills, they'll also restore funding for the next legislative session, too. Especially if they can figure out how to only fund Republican members' pay.
And we'll leave you with a thought from Saint Molly:
"The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion."
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It's all about 'rule of law,' which is subject to sudden changes.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, has been among the lone voices of reason standing up to the state Senate's fake "audit" of the 2020 vote in Maricopa County. Since Hobbs refuses to play along with the craziness, Republicans in the state legislature took action yesterday to strip Hobbs of her ability to defend the election results in court. The state House and Senate Appropriations committees voted to transfer Hobbs's power to file or defend election-related lawsuits to the office of state Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Brnovich has happily signed on to the groundless lie that the 2020 election was tainted by massive fraud, although nobody's been able to actually provide any evidence of it.
The measure prohibiting Hobbs from doing her job was added to a budget bill that the full legislature will have to vote on; with Republican majorities in both houses, that seems likely. According to Arizona Republic political columnist Elvia Diaz, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) "has supported [the bill] in principle with some legislative Republicans," although Diaz doesn't specify whether Ducey's support came before or after yesterday's measure gutting Hobbs's office.
Just how sleazy is this move? It barely even pretends to be anything other than a Republican power grab, since the removal of the secretary of state's powers expires on Jan. 2, 2023, at the end of Hobbs's current term. Hobbs is eligible to run for a second term, but is widely expected to run for governor next year, and if a Republican wins as secretary of state, we're sure the lege would want the new person to be free to take any action necessary to overturn a possible win by Hobbs.
Republicans are upset with Hobbs not only because she has taken a number of outrageously controversial stances, like saying the election was free and fair or that Joe Biden is the actual president, but also because she hired an outside attorney to help her office contest Brnovich's arguments in a recent challenge to Arizona's law against "ballot harvesting," which made it a crime for anyone but a family member or caregiver to take another person's filled-out absentee ballot to the polls. As the Arizona Daily Star explains,
Brnovich sought review by the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appellate court voided the law. But Hobbs urged the justices, who are still considering the matter, to uphold that ruling and void the statute.
There's more than a little bad blood between Hobbs and Brnovich; Hobbs said in a statement yesterday that she filed an ethics complaint last October with the state Bar against Brnovich, alleging that the AG "frequently sought to substitute his judgment for my own and allowed his political preferences to interfere with this obligation to represent me as a client, in my pursuit of the best interests of Arizona voters." She's also filed ethics complaints against a bunch of staffers in the AG's office.
In fact, state Sen. Vince Leach (R) said that Hobbs was the one playing politics, and that's why she had to be stopped, dontcha know. Leach told the Daily Star, "I don't know what's more political than the secretary of state submitting charges against almost the entire upper echelon of the attorney general." Another Republican, state Sen. David Livingston, chimed in with, "She's the one who's acting politically," so obviously the move to strip Hobbs of power until she's out of office can't be anything personal, you see.
In addition to transferring election litigation to Brnovich's office, the budget amendment also removes the Secretary of State's authority over the Capitol Museum, which presents historical displays in part of Arizona's old Capitol building. That too appears to be motivated by revenge, after Hobbs flew a gay pride flag from a Capitol balcony in 2019, which mightily offended Republican House and Senate leaders. Yes, really. But don't worry, Republicans say that's merely needed to "ensure that better use can be made of the building by lawmakers."
That has to be it. When Republican legislators in Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina did all they could to limit the power of newly elected Democratic governors, they routinely explained it was for very high-minded reasons, to maintain a clear separation of powers or to bring balance to the Force. That's surely all that the Arizona Rs are interested in as well.
But for some reason — probably pure partisan spite — Democratic members of the lege weren't convinced by the insistence that this is merely about efficiency and good government. Rep. Randy Friese, noting the fake recount, asked, "Are we anticipating some lawsuits?" He called the budget measure "troubling and disturbing," particularly since it's all due to reset once Hobbs leaves office. It's sad, really. The state Senate just wants to make a serious effort to determine whether Joe Biden's win in Maricopa County was the result of a plot to import thousands of fake bamboo-paper ballots from southeast Asia, or some other definitely real cheating that's somehow gone undetected, and here's this Democratic state representative spinning out arcane conspiracy theories that Republicans are trying to seize power. What a paranoid!
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