Mike Lindell Is Donating MyPillows to Kentucky Tornado Victims

All I want for Christmas is a roof and 66 percent off a MyPillow.

MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

Last week, tornados tore through Kentucky, leaving 200 miles of death and destruction. At least 80 people were killed, and 15,000 structures damaged or destroyed. The storm is estimated to have caused nearly $4 billion in damage. But not to worry citizens of Kentucky. Mike Lindell is on the case! The founder of the MyPillow empire—and a MAGA world luminary—says he’s donating 10,000 pillows to Kentucky tornado victims. Those lucky souls may not have a house or a job, but they will now have pillows that Costco won’t sell anymore.

And other right wing provocateurs are also getting in on the action:

 

Lindell has donated pillows in the past, especially to religious charities like the Salvation Army. This latest gesture has provided an opportunity to further promote his company as he struggles under a mountain of legal bills stemming from a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed against him by Dominion Voting Systems for suggesting the company manipulated the 2020 presidential election results. Lindell was a primary funder of the “stop the steal” rallies after the election, and he participated in spreading lies and conspiracy theories about voting fraud. The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection is also seeking communications between the Trump White House and Lindell. This fall, Lindell reportedly sold his personal jet to finance the mounting legal fees.

The cash crunch doesn’t seem to be slowing down his election crusade. Lindell recently said he has spent $25 million so far pushing the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. He told CNBC Wednesday that he will “spend whatever it takes” to prove that Trump should be president and to restore integrity to the election system. “I will keep spending it because there is no tomorrow. We lose our country… I will spend every dime I have,” 

He is reportedly an “angel investor” in a new effort to send volunteers out door-to-door to supposedly root out election fraud by interrogating people about how they voted and trying to suss out whether their ballots were “legitimate.” Some election officials are concerned that the canvassing may be crossing over into voter intimidation. 

In the meantime, supporters like Dinesh D’Souza and Russia probe figure George Papadopoulos (both pardoned by Trump for criminal offenses), are encouraging people to buy those pillows—for the tornado victims, of course.

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT OPTIMISM FOR A CHANGE

Democracy and journalism are in crisis mode—and have been for a while. So how about doing something different?

Mother Jones did. We just merged with the Center for Investigative Reporting, bringing the radio show Reveal, the documentary film team CIR Studios, and Mother Jones together as one bigger, bolder investigative journalism nonprofit.

And this is the first time we’re asking you to support the new organization we’re building. In “Less Dreading, More Doing,” we lay it all out for you: why we merged, how we’re stronger together, why we’re optimistic about the work ahead, and why we need to raise the First $500,000 in online donations by June 22.

It won’t be easy. There are many exciting new things to share with you, but spoiler: Wiggle room in our budget is not among them. We can’t afford missing these goals. We need this to be a big one. Falling flat would be utterly devastating right now.

A First $500,000 donation of $500, $50, or $5 would mean the world to us—a signal that you believe in the power of independent investigative reporting like we do. And whether you can pitch in or not, we have a free Strengthen Journalism sticker for you so you can help us spread the word and make the most of this huge moment.

payment methods

LET’S TALK ABOUT OPTIMISM FOR A CHANGE

Democracy and journalism are in crisis mode—and have been for a while. So how about doing something different?

Mother Jones did. We just merged with the Center for Investigative Reporting, bringing the radio show Reveal, the documentary film team CIR Studios, and Mother Jones together as one bigger, bolder investigative journalism nonprofit.

And this is the first time we’re asking you to support the new organization we’re building. In “Less Dreading, More Doing,” we lay it all out for you: why we merged, how we’re stronger together, why we’re optimistic about the work ahead, and why we need to raise the First $500,000 in online donations by June 22.

It won’t be easy. There are many exciting new things to share with you, but spoiler: Wiggle room in our budget is not among them. We can’t afford missing these goals. We need this to be a big one. Falling flat would be utterly devastating right now.

A First $500,000 donation of $500, $50, or $5 would mean the world to us—a signal that you believe in the power of independent investigative reporting like we do. And whether you can pitch in or not, we have a free Strengthen Journalism sticker for you so you can help us spread the word and make the most of this huge moment.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate