Dominion Voting Systems filed a $ 1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow on Monday, saying Mike Lindelland manipulating the 2020 presidential elections.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, alleges that Lindell ignored repeated warnings from Dominion, a voting technology company that has filed similar lawsuits against Donald.and Sidney Powell.
Dominion accuses Lindell of repeatedly saying what the lawsuit calls the “Big Lie” that the company used its technology to steal the election from Trump.
“No amount of money can repair the damage these lies have caused, which are easily disproved. Hundreds of documented audits and recounts have shown that Dominion machines accurately counted the votes. We hope to prove these facts in a court of law.” says the lawsuit.
Lindell says he welcomes the lawsuit
Lindell, known as “MyPillow Guy” for his television commercials, told The Associated Press that he appreciated the lawsuit and said the discovery process will prove him right.
“It’s a very good day. I was hoping they would finally sue,” said Lindell, who went to the White House to promote his theories in the final days of the Trump administration.
Lindell, a fervent Trump supporter, said: “I want the entire American people and the world to see the horrible things these (Dominion voting) machines are capable of and what they did to our country and what – they are allowing other countries to steal our elections and just they hijack our choice.
There was no widespread fraud in the election, which was confirmed by multiple election officials across the country, including former Trump attorney general William Barr. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key states on the battlefield crucial to President Joe Biden’s victory, also vouched for the integrity of the elections in their states.
Almost every legal challenge from Trump and his allies was dismissed by justices, including two rejected by the Supreme Court, which includes three Trump-nominated justices.
Twitter in Januaryfrom the platform after he continued to claim that Trump had won the presidential election. Twitter said it banned it due to “repeated violations” of its civic integrity policy.
Lindell was offended at being repeatedly accused in the lawsuit of telling the “Big Lie”, noting that the expression was coined by Adolf Hitler. “The big lie here is the big lie,” Lindell said. “They are the big lie.”
Lindell stood by a lengthy video amplifying his claims that he posted on February 5 and said he recently posted a 20-minute version.
This is the third defamation lawsuit Dominion has filed against its accusers. At a news conference, Dominion CEO John Poulos said “it is by no means the last.” He said the company was also analyzing the actions of various news organizations after the elections.
“Despite repeated warnings and efforts to share the facts with him, Lindell has continued to maliciously spread false claims about Dominion, each time giving empty assurances that he would present overwhelming evidence,” Poulos said in a statement. “These claims have caused irreparable damage to Dominion’s good reputation and have threatened the safety of our employees and customers.”
“Lying” to increase profits?
Poulos and Dominion’s attorney, Megan Meier, alleged that Lindell really did not believe the election was stolen from Trump. “I knew lying about losing Trump would be good for MyPillow’s bottom line,” Meier said.
They also disputed Lindell’s claims that he has lost money defending his claims, and said they hoped to examine MyPillow’s finances as part of the legal proceedings.
“MyPillow’s defamatory marketing campaign, with promo codes like ‘FightforTrump’, ’45, ‘Proof’ and ‘QAnon’, has increased MyPillow’s sales by 30-40% and continues to mislead people into redirecting their outrage over electoral lies about the purchase of pillows, “the lawsuit alleges.
Lindell said MyPillow had a brief increase in sales. But said that now more than 20 retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s, and noted that Twitter permanently banned him and MyPillow.
“I would love to go to court tomorrow with Dominion,” Lindell said.