MyPillow founder Mike Lindell has declared all-out war on Fox News for banning an ad in which he promotes a three-day cyber symposium he claims will unequivocally prove Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
“This ad has been on over 5,000 radio and TV stations nationwide, so shame on Fox,’’ Lindell told Newsmax. “I dropped them because they can't be part of this cancel culture and tell me I can't run an ad.’’
Lindell estimates Fox will lose about $1 million per week without his MyPillow commercials. His company spent some $50 million last year on ads with Fox News.
Lindell says those funds will now go to other networks and media outlets.
In the one-minute ad Fox refused to air, Lindell looks into the camera and says: “Hi, I’m Mike Lindell and I'm coming to you with the most important commercial that I've ever done. All of you know what MyPillow and myself have gone through in the last five months in my efforts to bring the truth forward.
“Well it's all come down to this. I'm having a cybersymposium on Aug. 10, 11 and 12. This historical event will be live-streamed 72 hours straight on my new platform, FrankSpeech.com.''
Lindell then makes a pitch for MyPillow products, which he says are available at discount prices through FrankSpeech.com.
Newsmax, along with several other networks, has accepted the ad.
The network said in a statement it does not endorse any advertisements that appear on the network and editorially has accepted the 2020 election results as “legal and final.”
Lindell told Newsmax the cyber symposium, to be hosted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will feature 65 forensic cyber experts who will challenge the official results of the presidential election.
He says the symposium will include a re-creation of election night vote counting “in real time” so viewers can better understand what happened.
Lindell is inviting politicians from all political parties to appear on the program, which will begin next Tuesday. He said Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned him down, citing a scheduling conflict.
The cyber symposium, Lindell believes, will be a major news story around the world — and one that Fox will likely ignore.
“I don’t think they’d cover a chess match right now,’’ Lindell said. “But if we don't stop the cancel culture stuff now and take a stand on the 2020 election, it's over.’’
Lindell has been one of the nation’s most vocal figures in insisting the 2020 election was rigged. That stance has made him a strong ally of former President Donald Trump, who has made the same claim.
But the assertions have also put the pillow guru in legal jeopardy.
Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit against Lindell earlier this year after he made several claims about the company. The company insists Lindell’s claims are false and without merit. Newsmax has found no evidence the software used by Dominion or any other voting company was manipulated.
Lindell said Fox News told him it had rejected the ad because of “pending litigation.’’ Fox News has also been sued by Dominion.
Lindell bristled at a statement Fox put out that proclaimed the following: “It’s unfortunate Mr. Lindell has chosen to pause his commercial time on Fox News given the level of success he’s experienced in building his brand through advertising on the number one cable news network.”
“I didn't build my business on Fox News,’’ Lindell angrily countered. “I’ve advertised everywhere: Newsmax, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC ..."
“They should just become a weather channel and talk about climate change,” Lindell said of Fox last week in an interview with Talking Points Memo. “Machines or vaccines, count Fox out, they don’t want to talk about it. It’s a generic station now that won’t talk about anything. I’m not going to be a part of them being part of this cancel culture, I think it’s disgraceful.”
Lindell said he is hoping the cyber symposium will attract hundreds of millions of viewers.
“I want it to be bigger than ‘Elvis Presley’s ‘Aloha from Hawaii,’ which was broadcast live from Honolulu in 1973 and seen by a billion people,’’ he said.
“I believe people are going to tune in. I want them to watch whether they’re a Democrat or Republican, or liberal or conservative.
“This is America, and we, and every person needs to see this, and say, ‘What are we going to do about it?’’’
Earlier this year Lindell funded a documentary called “Absolute Proof” detailing what he said was evidence of vote fraud in the 2020 election.
The program aired over the OANN channel with a network disclaimer that read, “The statements and claims expressed in this program are presented at this time as opinions only and are not intended to be taken or interpreted by the viewer as established facts.”
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