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...about Dominion voting machines during segment Twitter censorship
*Lindell was asked about the Twitter ban on Newsmax Tuesday night
*Instead he launched into a rant spewing out unfounded claims of election fraud
*He claimed he had '100 percent proof' that Dominion had committed mass fraud
*There is no evidence of election fraud involving Dominion or any other entity
*Dominion Voting Systems has already threatened to sue both Newsmax and Lindell
over them pushing conspiracy theories
*Bob Sellers, an anchor for the right-wing news outlet, tried to fact-check
Lindell and stop him pushing the unfounded claims
*Sellers ended up storming off camera during the show Tuesday night as Lindell
continued to spout conspiracy theories and shouted over him
*Twitter banned the corporate account for MyPillow Monday, citing 'repeated
violations of our Civic Integrity Policy'
*The ban came after Lindell appeared to use the company account to call for
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to be jailed for 'election fraud'
*Lindell himself was barred from the platform last week for supporting Donald
Trump's claims of election fraud
Newsmax was forced to cut off Mike Lindell live on air when he started spouting
election fraud conspiracy theories during a segment about MyPillow being
permanently banned from Twitter.
Bob Sellers stormed off camera Tuesday night as he tried to fact-check Lindell
and stop him pushing unfounded claims about Dominion Voting Systems rigging the
Lindell was appearing on the show after Twitter banned the corporate account for
MyPillow Monday, citing 'repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy'.
The ban came after Lindell appeared to use the company account to call for
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to be jailed - one week after Lindell himself was barred
from the platform for supporting Donald Trump's claims of election fraud.
Lindell was asked about the ban on Newsmax Tuesday night but instead launched
into a rant spewing out unfounded claims of fraud in the presidential election
and claiming he had '100 percent proof' that Dominion had committed mass voter
There is no evidence of election fraud involving Dominion or any other entity,
with dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his supporters tossed, recounts
coming up with the same vote counts and the Trump administration even admitting
the election was legal and fair.
Dominion Voting Systems has already threatened to sue both Newsmax and Lindell
over them pushing conspiracy theories about its ballot counting machines.
'What happened with your Twitter account and the company page?' co-host Heather
Childers asked Lindell at the start of the segment.
'Well, first mine was taken down because we have all the election fraud with the
Dominion machines,' said Lindell.
'We have 100 percent proof,' he said, continuing as Sellers interrupted.
'Mike, Mike, Mike - thank you very much,' Sellers said, repeating Lindell's name
multiple times to try to get him to stop talking.
Sellers fact checked the MyPillow boss explaining there is no evidence for his
claims as Lindell proceeded to shout over him.
'You're talking about machines that we at Newsmax have not been able to verify
any of those kinds of allegations,' Sellers said.
'We just want to let people know that there's nothing substantive with that
Sellers then read a written statement saying that Newsmax, a conservative outlet
popular with Trump, 'accepts the results as legal and final' - while Lindell
continued to shout over him.
'Let me read you something,' he said.
'While there were some clear evidence of some cases of vote fraud and election
irregularities, the election results in every state were certified, and Newsmax
accepts the results as legal and final.
'The courts have also supported that view,' he added.
Sellers tried to pull the conversation back to the topic Lindell was brought on
the show for, saying 'we wanted to talk to you about cancel culture.'
The two men both continued to speak at the same time, with Childers briefly
attempting to wade in to the ruckus.
As Lindell continued to shout over him, Sellers asked him if he thought the
Twitter ban should be temporary rather than permanent.
Lindell appeared unable to hear the anchor over his own voice as he paused
before saying: 'What?'
'Could you make an argument that this could be a temporary banning rather than
permanent?' Sellers repeated, while Childers chuckled.
Lindell once again launched into the unfounded fraud claims: 'No, I want it to
be a permanent because you know what? They did this because I'm revealing all
the evidence on Friday of all the election fraud of these machines - .'
At this point, Sellers asked the show's producers to get involved.
'Can I ask our producers, can we get out of here, please? I don't want to have
to keep going over this. Newsmax has not been able to verify any of those
allegations,' Sellers said, as Lindell again shouted over him.
Sellers then stood up and stormed away off view from the camera.
The altercation came just days after Newsmax threw its support behind Lindell
with an online promotion urging viewers to buy his products after MyPillow faced
a boycott from many stockists.
In the promo the outlet described Lindell as 'an American hero' and said 'he
stood up for what he believed, and he continues to fight for whats right.'
Newsmax had also repeatedly pushed the unfounded claims of election fraud in the
weeks that followed Trump's loss to Joe Biden, as Trump urged his followers to
switch away from Fox when the Rupert Murdoch-owned outlet was first to call
Arizona for the Democrat.
But the site changed tact when Dominion threatened it with defamation lawsuits
and anchors read out statements on air in December saying there was no evidence
of rigged voting machines.
MyPillow was 'permanently suspended' from Twitter on Monday, following a series
of tweets that appeared to be from Lindell.
'Jack Dorsey is trying to cancel me (Mike Lindell) out!' the MyPillow account
tweeted on Sunday. 'Jack will be found out and should be put in prison when all
Twitter has a policy against so-called 'ban evasion', or using an alternate
account to tweet after being barred from the platform, and similarly banned
Trump aides after the former president tried to tweet from their accounts
following his own ban.
Another tweet from the MyPillow account addressed to Dorsey read: 'I know you
are tied into the election fraud! You are so afraid of being found out! So many
are looking forward to you being brought to justice!'
The tweets also expressed thanks 'to everyone who has supported MyPillow during
'We are extremely busy and hiring as fast as we can to handle all the shipping!'
read one tweet identifying Lindell as the author.
Twitter said in a statement that the MyPillow account had been banned for
'repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy'.
A MyPillow spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment
from DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
Prior to his own ban, Lindell had repeatedly pushed allegations that Dominion
Voting Systems had switched millions of votes from Trump to Joe Biden in swing
states during November's presidential election.
No proof has emerged to support the alleged plot, which would require hundreds
of local election officials from both parties working in concert to throw the
In an interview last week, Lindell accused Twitter of posting messages to his
account without his permission before he was banned.
'My friends are going 'You're not tweeting very much and when you do ' I said
I'm not doing that! So I try to take it down and I got something from Germany
saying these are Twitter rules and you cannot do this, take anything down. So
they ran my Twitter for 14 or 15 days,' Lindell told Fox News host Tucker
'They didn't take it down all the way,' he said, referring to a temporary
suspension before his ban.
'I just couldn't do anything and they were running my Twitter like they were
me,' Lindell alleged.
It wasn't clear what tweets he was claiming weren't his, as his past tweets were
no longer accessible after Twitter suspended his account, and Lindell didn't
detail specific claims.
The MyPillow CEO then accused Dominion, the voting machine maker, of hiring 'hit
groups and bots and trolls' to go after his vendors.
'I've been all-in trying to find the machine fraud and I found it. So all these
outlets that have been calling me - from the Washington Post, New York Times,
every outlet in the country - they go, 'Mike Lindell, there's no evidence and
he's making fraudulent statements.' No, I have the evidence, I dare people to
put it on. I dare Dominion to sue me because it would get out faster. They don't
want to talk about it. They don't want that, they just want to say: 'Oh, you're
Dominion Voting Systems has already threatened Lindell with a lawsuit in a legal
letter, over his repeated claims that their machines were rigged in favor of
Dominion already filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit on Monday against
Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who led the former president's efforts to
challenge the election results.
Meanwhile, Lindell had already been 'canceled' by some of his biggest buyers,
including Bed Bath & Beyond and Wayfair, for his continued support of Trump and
the 'Stop The Steal' Campaign
Lindell supported Trump's campaigns financially and was his campaign chair in
Minnesota. He also spoke several times in praise of the former president,
including once in the Rose Garden.
He visited the White House earlier this month but Trump cut their meeting short.
Lindell had brought with him notes on martial law and the Insurrection Act,
It was unclear which of Lindell's now-deleted tweets had led to his being
banned, but Twitter's civic integrity policy tries to moderate misinformation
around elections on the site, the company says.
Many of Lindell's claims had been red-flagged by Twitter as disputed, and he
deleted a post last month calling on Trump to declare martial law in seven
While he said he opposed the Capitol insurrection on January 6, he voiced
support for spurious theories that Antifa impostors were involved in the riot.
Even after Biden took office last week, Lindell said he was still holding out
hope that the Supreme Court would somehow reinstate Trump.
Lindell is also thought to have political ambitions of his own and reports say
he is considering a run for governor of Minnesota, a state that Trump lost
narrowly in 2016 and by a bigger margin in 2020.