MyPillow inventor Mike Lindell told Newsmax TV on Monday that the riotous aftermath of the death of a man in police custody in Minneapolis has him leaning toward running for the governorship in the state because “so many mistakes” are being made in Minnesota.
“Well everybody wants me to be governor in 2022 in Minnesota, and after this, I’ll tell you what, I keep leaning that way, because I see so many things that are common sense things,” Lindell said on Greg Kelly Reports. “We’ve lost common sense.”
Lindell, a native of Minnesota who operates a factory southwest of Minneapolis to produce his bedding products under the MyPillow brand – promoted with TV commercials starring himself, praised President Donald Trump while denouncing local politicians without identifying them by name, particularly for their response to the riots following the death of George Floyd.
“It’s common sense. Here’s a problem, here’s a solution. What will it manifest to?” Lindell added. “This drives me every day. I’ve said it before, if I get a prayer from God, I will, but all the signs are there.”
Tim Walz, of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party, is the current governor of Minnesota, elected in 2018. The last Republican to hold the office was Tim Pawlenty, who left office in 2011.
Lindell claimed Minneapolis has the highest unemployment rate among blacks in the United States.
“We’re making so many mistakes in Minnesota, they need to be fixed. They need to be fixed now.”
Earlier, Lindell suggested that a systemic issue that at least in part fueled the riots was the time it took to charge then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of Floyd.
Floyd died on Memorial Day after being arrested for trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a local grocery store. While in custody, Floyd was restrained face down while Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck, in a video that has been widely circulated. Floyd later died. Lindell called it a “crime against humanity.”
Riots consumed Minneapolis, and spread to other cities. Chauvin was arrested and charged on Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
“If that would have been done right away, I think it could have been avoided,” Lindell said.
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