During his daily press briefing on the global pandemic spreading through the U.S., President Donald Trump decided that one of the most important things to show America was the My Pillow guy singing Trump's praises.
Mike Lindell, the founder of My Pillow, took the podium at the White House to speak of how his company has begun producing equipment like masks for medical workers at the request of the President.
He then went off script, making a religious plea for Americans to read the bible and saying God gave us grace through Donald Trump.
It should come as no surprise Lindell is a prominent donor and supporter of the Trump campaign.
After hyping his company for a few minutes, Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, says "God gave us grace" by elec… https://t.co/SSS3Wv1vUM— Chris Sommerfeldt (@Chris Sommerfeldt)1585604555.0
"Boy do you sell those pillows," Trump says in the Rose Garden of Mike Lindell, introducing the CEO of MyPillow and… https://t.co/AlDCnPckwz— Josh Dawsey (@Josh Dawsey)1585603867.0
CNN decided to cut away during Lindell's speech (probably a wise decision).
For CNN, the My Pillow Guy was the straw that broke the camel's back -- they cut away https://t.co/FB0GIlbf6R— Lis Power (@Lis Power)1585604106.0
Just bringing him to the forefront of the conference was strange, but then Lindell decided to start improvising.
The My Pillow guy is going off script— Bill Weir (@Bill Weir)1585603933.0
"God gave us grace on Nov 8, 2016 to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives… https://t.co/3o3wAuoFcz— Bill Weir (@Bill Weir)1585604144.0
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell: "God gave us grace on November 8, 2016 to change the course we were on. God had been ta… https://t.co/6GKXKEvCRp— The Hill (@The Hill)1585607168.0
Is this the real world?
Or is this just some kind of strange dream?
I was not expecting the My Pillow Guy to go all Sinners in the hands of an angry god on us, but I guess this is par… https://t.co/8D2i4hCznx— Frank Chaparro (@Frank Chaparro)1585604361.0
To be clear: the My Pillow guy took time out of the coronavirus press conference — focused on addressing a global p… https://t.co/RkoX5bReh2— Jack Jenkins (@Jack Jenkins)1585604214.0
It's odd how many Americans were likely exposed to Lindell's speech as part of the White House's official response to the virus.
Now that Trump has returned to podium, CNN has dipped back into the White House briefing. MSNBC and Fox stayed with the briefing throughout.— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1585604826.0
To be fair, Lindell's company is doing genuinely good work by producing crucial PPE to help fight the pandemic.
I ran into @MyPillowUSA founder Mike Lindell in front of the West Wing. He said his factory will be cranking out… https://t.co/EFGsBOhlfm— Debra J. Saunders (@Debra J. Saunders)1585595891.0
Re: My Pillow - They’re making masks. Not necessarily the N95 masks that are prized by health workers & first respo… https://t.co/nh7wIXOOhd— Shermichael Singleton (@Shermichael Singleton)1585607651.0
That having been said, his presence at Trump's press conference and his religious overtures to the administration, weren't necessary during an official briefing for a secular government.
I understand that the My Pillow guy is using his company now to produce masks. That's great. So are a lot of other… https://t.co/Ka6kJqqj6g— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair Rosenberg)1585604502.0
@DavidMeltonJr @JohnLyndon_ he also encouraged everyone to put G-d back into schools… so yer don’t really think he… https://t.co/nsjSapp4rP— Joel Braunold (@Joel Braunold)1585607053.0
Trump just had the My Pillow guy speak. The My Pillow Guy. These aren't press conferences to calm the American pe… https://t.co/UPkjW746SD— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1585604126.0
It's hard not to draw the conclusion that Lindell was invited to speak during an official press briefing because he's donated to Donald Trump.
Reminder: We live tweet these clips to fact them. Trump has the My Pillow guy (Mike Lindell) briefing the nation… https://t.co/qf5sVB2qge— Sarah Reese Jones (@Sarah Reese Jones)1585605163.0
Michael Lindell recently put up $1,000,000 to bankroll an anti-abortion film which includes a cameo of the My Pillo… https://t.co/YjqQfNfLrW— Bill Weir (@Bill Weir)1585604520.0
If you're nice to Donald Trump, he's nice to you.
That's how America is being run.
Trump has been nudging the MyPillow CEO to run for governor in Minnesota, a state he's obsessed with winning in 2020 https://t.co/YD39EXs2Xr— Blake News (@Blake News)1585605869.0
SCOOP -- Mike Lindell has told associates that Trump is encouraging him to run for governor of Minnesota in 2022. T… https://t.co/jJshIWbHRm— Daniel Lippman (@Daniel Lippman)1585606131.0
Perhaps someday White House press briefings will once again be used to convey rational fact and calm reason.