Mike Lindell’s ‘Thanks-A-Thon’ seen by dozens on YouTube after he said ‘Millions’ watching

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said millions saw him present 2020 election fraud conspiracy theories during his “Thanks-A-Thon” livestream on Thursday. Only dozens of viewers could be verified. Lindell is pictured outside the White House on January 15, 2021.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell boasted that “millions” saw his 96-hour “Thanks-A-Thon” during the Thanksgiving holiday, but only dozens of viewers could be verified.

Lindell speculated that there were “probably millions of people watching right now” during the afternoon on the Thanksgiving livestream, according to The Independent. But the YouTube channel “Freedom Patriot Network,” which carried the event, had only dozens of viewers Thursday night.

The total number of viewers was unclear as the event was also streamed on Lindell’s own platforms, including Frank Speech and Lindell TV, where viewership was not shared publicly.

“Thanks-A-Thon” took place after Lindell missed a self-imposed deadline to file a Supreme Court lawsuit that he claimed would inexplicably lead to the “reinstatement” of former President Donald Trump. Lindell is a staunch supporter of Trump and an advocate of baseless and discredited conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him.

During a performance by former Trump adviser Steve Bannons War Room: Pandemic podcast earlier this week, Lindell suggested that his own roadblocks to file lawsuits were “very suspicious,” while lamenting that state attorneys had not signed on to the case despite his lobbying activities.

Bannon, who is currently facing criminal contempt for defying a January 6 committee summons, was also scheduled to appear as a guest on “Thanks-A-Thon” alongside other right-wing personalities such as Diamond and Silk.

During the livestream Thursday, Lindell urged viewers to forward a copy of the unsubstantiated Supreme Court complaint to their state attorney along with a form email available on his Frank Speech website.

“Send that email to your state’s attorney and you say, ‘You know what? We need to save our country,'” Lindell said. “It’s your responsibility now, Advocates General, you must all sign. You must have signed this.”

“No more apologies, no more apologies ‘I’m too busy,'” he added. “We should never be too busy for the first thing that destroys our country, and that is the election of 2020.”

The form’s email is titled “Bring the Case to the Supreme Court to Stop the Stolen 2020 Election!” It claims that “Our country can not proceed with legal elections without first correcting the fraud in the November 2020 election” and urges officials to “bring this matter before the Supreme Court to save our state and our country!”

Lindell’s allegations of massive election fraud, which are not supported by any credible evidence, involve false allegations that voting machines were hacked and votes on Trump were electronically “flipped” to be spoken to by President Joe Biden.

Dominion Voting Systems sued Lindell for $ 1.3 billion because of the claims. An expert who appeared during Thursday’s livestream admitted that the machines in an oft-cited Michigan county were not connected to the Internet.

Lindell left “Thanks-A-Thon” for at least two significant stretches during the first 24 hours of the event, which he previously said would be “96 hours in a row.” The MyPillow director left the stream less than two hours after it started and returned several hours later.

Lindell also disappeared shortly after an interview with former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis with MyPillow ads and footage from the “cyber symposium,” which Lindell mistakenly claimed would provide evidence that led to Trump’s reinstatement during this summer’s broadcast.

Newsweek contacted MyPillow for a comment.

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