Clear and present danger seems to remain operative as Mike Lindell was in a meeting at the Oval Office. All Trump has left are conspiracy fantasies fed by a bedding manufacturer.
How will ever explain to the future that it's 5 pm on the last Friday of Trump's presidency, and he is in the White House meeting with the MyPillow guy to discuss martial law while an actual army is deployed to the capital Green Zone to protect against Trump's violent supporters?— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) January 15, 2021
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) January 15, 2021
This is raw QAnon/8kun stuff, straight to the president. They’ve been talking about this for days. https://t.co/bC1lzT35Ho
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 15, 2021
WaPo photographer got a close-up of the My Pillow guy's notes.
Hard to read. Seems to push for using “martial law if necessary.”
References Sidney Powell and, I think, an attorney at the NSA (“Fort Mead” sic). Advocates for Trump to “move Kash Patel to acting CIA” pic.twitter.com/xU0tz3YDo7
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) January 15, 2021
I was wondering why Kash Patel was trending and then I saw that the My Pillow guy had him taking over CIA after suggesting that President Trump declare martial law.
Got it…. https://t.co/QLXUvtvLKF
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 15, 2021
Note: This is almost *word for word* the conspiracy theory that has been floated in evangelical circles for days.
The theories (falsely) alleged that this had already happened, but it looks like the My Pillow Guy/Michael Lindell heard them. https://t.co/GngsjrLAs7
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) January 15, 2021
Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, is seen leaving the White House. pic.twitter.com/uuaBzXYHr2
— The Hill (@thehill) January 15, 2021
On January 6, thousands of pro-Trump protesters gathered at a rally near the White House to rail against a fantasy: that the election was stolen from their beloved Donald Trump. It was from this crowd—which included white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Christian insurrectionists—that the murderous mob of terrorists emerged and attacked the Capitol, with some marauders looking to take hostages or possibly assassinate elected officials of the United States. Five people died. Who helped to assemble the rally, where Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Rudy Giuliani, and others whipped up the demonstrators with false claims of an evil plot against Trump before thousands marched to Capitol Hill to wage seditious mayhem?
The organizers of the March for Trump (also known as the March to Save America) have taken down the website for the rally and subsequent march, but an archived page cites nine “coalition partners.” It is a list that should not be forgotten—especially given that some of the sponsors have apparently tried to wipe away their fingerprints.x
JUST POSTED. My latest: rightwing groups that organized the pre-attack rally on 1/6 have taken down their websites for the event. But here's a list of all the “partners”—including My Pillow & a preacher who practically called for war. Please read/RT. https://t.co/uOdRelRXwh
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 12, 2021
My Pillow. Yes, a pillow company run by that guy you see on television, Mike Lindell, helped spark a terrorist raid on the US government. Lindell, who co-chaired Trump’s reelection campaign in Minnesota, has been one of Trump’s loudest champions—and a spreader of conspiracy theories. Lindell has claimed that voting machines were rigged to produce Joe Biden’s victory. And he has financed the work of pro-Trump lawyers (and conspiracy theorists) Lin Wood and Sidney Powell. Though he has been one of Fox News’ biggest advertisers, he lately has accused the right-wing network of suppressing supposed evidence of election fraud. Following the assault on the Capitol, he was one of those Trumpers who suggested that “plants” might have orchestrated the violence. “First of all, the riots you’re seeing on TV—that’s a joke,” Lindell said in a video posted on social media. “My nieces were down there, and they said 99.9 percent was—it was just peaceful protest. There might have been some people, the ones that broke in—they seemed to break in early, and, for all we know, it could have been plants.”
Let’s stop reassuring ourselves w/ pillow jokes. Lindell is latest in long line of the kind of little big men of the provinces I wrote about in The Family, establishment outsiders w/ $ to gain entree and do damage to democracy. Their real product is fascism, which isn’t so funny.
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) January 15, 2021
This is a terrific, even-handed roadmap to the upcoming impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump for the high Crime and Misdemeanor of incitement to insurrection https://t.co/7rlLAuNVGt
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 15, 2021