Mypillow Ceo Mike Lindell's Latest Election Conspiracy Theory İs His Most Bizarre Yet - Cnnpolitics

Mypillow Ceo Mike Lindell's Latest Election Conspiracy Theory İs His Most Bizarre Yet - Cnnpolitics

MyPillow magnate Mike Lindell's latest election conspiracy theory is his most bizarre yet

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has emerged as one of the most vocal boosters still pushing false claims about the 2020 election. His latest theory about vote-switching is outrageous.

8/6/2021 4:01:00 AM

Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO and close ally of former President Trump, has emerged as one of his most vocal boosters still pushing outlandish false theories about the 2020 election. Here’s why his latest wacky claims don’t hold water.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has emerged as one of the most vocal boosters still pushing false claims about the 2020 election. His latest theory about vote-switching is outrageous.

Jensen, the Clark County clerk and a Republican herself, has patiently explained that the local election computer system isn't connected to the internet -- and the county has less than 17,000 registered voters overall. But she finds herself unable to convince those constituents of the simple fact that the election wasn't stolen:"They are like, 'Well, Mike Lindell says this,'" Jensen said. Lindell, the MyPillow CEO and a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has emerged as one of the most vocal boosters still pushing false claims about the 2020 election. In a series of so-called documentaries, Lindell has advanced an increasingly outlandish theory that foreign hackers broke into the computer systems of election offices like Clark County to switch votes -- in what he has described as the"biggest cyber-crime in world history." My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 30, 2020.Election officials at more than a dozen counties that Lindell has claimed were hacking targets told CNN that the pillow magnate's claims are utterly meritless. They noted that their voting machines are not connected to the internet, that the results are confirmed by paper ballots, and in some cases that official audits, recounts, or reviews have verified their vote tallies. Read MoreIn addition, CNN interviewed nine cybersecurity experts, all of whom said the"proof" Lindell has released so far is nonsense -- and that there is zero evidence of any kind of successful hacking of last year's election results. But many Americans are buying into baseless claims of vote fraud: polls have found that roughly two-thirds of Republicans believe President Joe Biden was not legitimately elected. And while Lindell isn't as prominent as other right-wing figures denying the election results -- including the former President himself -- his rhetoric has broken through among some of the Trump faithful. Jensen said she watched Lindell's video"Absolute Proof" -- which claims that 23,909 votes for Trump had been switched in her county -- after a concerned voter emailed her a link to it. @media (min-width: 600px) { .cnninvs__module .el__article--embed { float: right; margin: 30px; } } .cnninvs__module__tips-cta .el__article--embed .el__storyelement__title a:before { content: 'Send a tip: '; } We offer several ways to reach our journalists securely. "It made me angry," she said."He has created a lot of doubt in a lot of peoples' minds, even though the count was accurate." Trump won the county with a margin of more than 5,000 votes. Lindell -- who once considered running for Minnesota governor or other elected office -- has become persona non grata in mainstream conservative circles. He's been booted from Twitter for violating its policy on sharing election fraud claims, and his videos have been swiftly removed from YouTube and other platforms. His pillows have been taken off the shelves at retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl's. And he and his company are facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from the voting machine company Dominion, which Lindell has falsely accused of being involved in voter fraud. Now, Lindell is resorting to a last-ditch attempt to promote his theory, planning a"cyber symposium" this month in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he says he will release 37 terabytes of data showing election hacking. 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Dominion spokesman: Mike Lindell is begging to be sued 04:29In a rambling and combative interview with CNN, Lindell insisted that he had proof the election was stolen. "I'm not wrong. I've checked it out. I've spent millions," he claimed."You need to trust me and come there." Election officials say Lindell's conspiracies are undermining faith in the voting system. Scott McDonell, the clerk for Dane County, Wisconsin -- another county where Lindell has claimed hacking switched thousands of votes from Trump to Biden -- said that out of all the election theories he's heard, Lindell's is"the worst one because it's the dumbest." The county conducted a hand recount of every ballot, paid for by Trump's campaign, which verified Biden's win. And every ballot in the state has a paper trail. "It's damaging to our democracy," McDonell said of Lindell's claims."Spurious allegations spread on the internet because they affirm what you want to believe." From pillows to conspiracies President Donald Trump speaks alongside MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, during a"Made in America" event with US manufacturers at the White House on July 19, 2017. Since Trump's loss last fall, Lindell has been a superspreader of election misinformation. A Minnesotan who often talks about his journey from recovered crack cocaine addict to CEO, Lindell made a name for himself with cheery infomercials showing him hugging his trademark pillow. He fell into Trump's orbit during the 2016 election, attending his election night watch party and later showing up at White House events. Even as many Republican politicians acknowledged Biden's victory, Lindell stuck with Trump's lies about his loss. Lindell has shared a wide range of theories of why the election was stolen, from ballots cast by dead voters to Biden votes being counted multiple times -- all of which have been debunked. His latest and most operatic theory involves a sweeping conspiracy in which hackers from China and other foreign countries broke into elections office computer systems around the country to reduce the number of votes for Trump. The claim is supported, he says, by"heroes" who supposedly captured data proving the hacking and then leaked it to Lindell in January. Donald Trump's political organization builds war chest topping $100 millionLindell included a snippet of the data in one of his videos and sent CNN a half-dozen additional screenshots he said were examples of the data. He said he has spent millions of dollars to verify the data by hiring unnamed experts -- some of whom he has included, with their faces blurred out and voices changed, in his videos. But Lindell's claims don't hold water. The first block of data from Lindell's"Absolutely 9-0" video, released in June, was a dramatic scrolling video of a long series of numbers in hexadecimal format, a numeric system used by some programmers. When the data is converted to text, it becomes clear that it is not evidence of hacking but a version of Pennsylvania's voter file, listing every voter registered in the state -- a copy of which can be purchased from the state government for $20. The Washington Post first reported the voter file connection. In the video, one of Lindell's anonymous experts says that the data he was showing was"raw, encrypted data" proving election hacking. But Lindell later claimed that the data was simply"B-roll," a placeholder for the actual evidence. The other snippets of data Lindell sent to CNN -- which he says are the real deal -- are also far from proof, according to nine cybersecurity experts who reviewed them. The screenshots are other blocks of hexadecimal numbers. When converted to text, they appear to be a list of IP addresses and coordinates, but nothing proving hacking or even the nature of any traffic between them. 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Jimmy Kimmel is worried about MyPillow's Mike Lindell 02:54In his videos, Lindell has called his data"PCAPs," or packet captures -- a technical format for capturing web traffic. But the experts CNN consulted agreed that the data he has released so far are not PCAPs. Some of the IP addresses listed appear to be associated with public county and city websites -- but not computers involved in vote casting, tallying or other critical election infrastructure, the experts said. "These are not PCAP files," said Harri Hursti, a computer programmer who organizes voting machine hacking tests and has assisted with election audits. Lindell"has shown no evidence that he has PCAP files and he has shown no evidence that these files have anything to do with elections," he said. J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan and expert in voting machines, called Lindell's antics"completely ridiculous." "When security experts produce evidence, we don't send around video of hex-encoded files -- that's entirely Hollywood," he said."What we do is share the original data (along with information to support its provenance and authenticity) and explain our interpretation so that other experts can verify or dispute it." Lindell claims that he will release his full dataset showing election hacking at his so-called symposium."Nobody has seen what I have," he said."No judge, nobody, until I sent you guys a piece of it." But notably, experts said the vast majority of votes in the US -- including in battleground states -- are cast by paper ballot or supported by a paper trail. That means that if hacking did occur, it could be proven by looking back at the ballots. And recounts or audits in several of the counties Lindell says were hacked have verified the results based on those paper ballots. "The ballots are ink on dead trees," said Dan Wallach, a Rice University computer science professor who has researched electronic voting system security."Nothing that happens in China can change the ink on those dead trees." The 'election that never ends' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House before entering on January 15, 2021.Numerous election officials in the counties that Lindell has identified as purported targets for hacking told CNN they were baffled and frustrated by his claims. The officials said that their vote-tallying machines are not connected to the internet at all -- and that the specifics of Lindell's allegations simply don't add up. Take Adams County, Pennsylvania, the home of the Gettysburg battlefield. Trump won the county with 37,567 votes, compared to 18,254 for Biden. 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Cut off the ends of his mustache, and he looks like Hitler. Notice how the people who fervently support Trump are quite a bit wacky? They are in the Twilight Zone beyond recovery. How is this news? Like who is paying attention to this guy if you don’t write this story? jomareewade Jail him for sedition.

STOP WATERING THIS POISONOUS PLANT. Crack for all! The interview. Omg he is wacky wacky. He's right, you're wrong AGAIN. Please resist giving nutcases interviews. They’re ridiculous and repetitive to the point of annoying. Why put them in the limelight? Giving them publicity is akin to aligning with them. Please stop.

Picture in tweet makes him look a bit like Hitler circa 1943 He is so intent on spreading lies …, why? To placate DJT? It is strange, oh sooooo strange.Conspiracy Insurrection BigLie NeverVoteRepublican NeverForgetJanuary6th

Mike Carey, endorsed by Trump, will win Ohio GOP special primary, CNN projectsMike Carey, a coal lobbyist who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, will win the Republican special primary in Ohio's 15th Congressional District, CNN projects. Yes he won….he received 37% of the vote. Not a strong win. Booooooooooo! Ohio filled with Racists!!! I can not wait to see the 2nd meltdown President Trump gifts to the normal people of America to watch again.

His cyber guy router packet capture stuff is all nonsensical Why is he still free spewing this 💩 It’s not outlandish whatsoever States are entitled to election audits is clearly doing their best to suppress State’s Rights. This is so absurd. A Pillow Salesman is controlling the sheep! The cult leader sales PILLOWS! Seriously! I will have to tell kids in the future that... and they will NOT BELIEVE ME.

People who ever owned a MyPillow… He does make a good pillow though. Dont trust any politician. Can’t wait until the lawsuits against this insurrectionists finally goes to court and all his lies are finally exposed to the world!

Trump-Endorsed Candidate Mike Carey Wins GOP Primary in OhioCoal lobbyist Mike Carey, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won a GOP primary Tuesday for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District The insurrection continues.... Its Ohio 😂 Ohio.

Why is ChrisCuomo still employed by ? Idiot Why are you even posting about him and tweeting his claims? CNN is a huge part of the problem. It’s just a heroin attic who is out of control When is a Judge in the pending lawsuits against him going to put a pillow in his mouth and shut him up. imagine attacking My Pillow guy 🤦🏻‍♂️

8:5:2 YY YOU AM YYHE. YY AM YYSHE. HE SAID TO HIM THAT MA YY THAT MA YY . O/. 47O CJ CE They’re not false. It will come out after the 2022 election. DNC holding up audits by filing lawsuits to block them, but they are beginning to do them little by little. Why is the DNC trying to block audits? That’s real question, and something won’t ever mention.

Lindell is a private citizen. You pushed a phony Russia collusion conspiracy theory, non-stop, for four years.

A $5,800 Bottle of Japanese Whiskey Given to Mike Pompeo Is MissingThe State Department is looking into the whereabouts of a $5,800 bottle of whiskey that the Japanese government gifted Mike Pompeo when he was serving as U.S. secretary of state. A lawyer for Pompeo said he has “no recollection of receiving the bottle.” The rules are only for the peons They got nothin better to do ? Picture of trouble. 😳

Yeah you go cnn and give this man more air time. For Fucks sake.

Mike Rowe Joins Fox Business Primetime in New Documentary-Focused ScheduleFinance and politics aren’t the only things on the schedule at Fox Business Network. The Fox Corp.-owned outlet, which in recent years has generated its biggest ratings for a show led by Lou …

Mike Pompeo Got $5,800 Whiskey Gift From Japan, But Where Is It?The State Department is looking into the apparent disappearance of a bottle of whiskey given to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019. Where it went? I have, hick, no idea, hick, where it is. Did they look in his belly?

'First Family Outing'! Mike and Lauren Sorrentino's Son Romeo's AlbumMike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Lauren Sorrentino welcomed their baby boy, Romeo, in May 2021 — see his cutest photos So lovely