Remember a couple of months ago when that other guy was president? Yeah, me neither but apparently the other guy’s ride-or-die (the one whose home and office were not just raided by the feds), purveyor of fine pillows and bat-shit conspiracy theories, Mike Lindell, AKA the My Pillow guy, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and it went about as well as you’d expect. Against the advice of just about everybody, Jimmy welcomed Mike on the show perhaps in an attempt to highlight the long term effects of crack cocaine on the human brain. Did Jimmy forget that Nancy Reagan already took care of this issue? Like Nancy (and Jane Krakowski) said, #JustSayNoToCrackpots.
Mike literally came out of hiding for the interview. Previously, he’s been holed up in an undisclosed location due to receiving multiple death threats. He’s been so M.I.A. he hasn’t even been able to collect the Razzie he won for Absolute Proof, his documentary about imaginary voter fraud during the 2020 election. A theory for which he is currently being sued for promoting in a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems. According to ABC:
Mike talks about recovering from his addiction to crack and gambling, not getting vaccinated, going into hiding after getting many threats, coming to our show in 2014, Rudy Giuliani’s apartment being raided, meeting with Donald Trump in 2016 and being photographed with papers that said “Martial Law,” and Jimmy pushes him on his Dominion Voting Systems conspiracy, donating $50,000 to help bail out Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse, and the interview is interrupted by the other Mike Lindell (James Adomian).
Mike, who was surprisingly affable and game, admitted he didn’t know anything about politics until 2016 when he met Donald Trump (who he believed at the time was chosen by God). He also denied any culpability for the January 6th Capitol riots and insisted that the $50,000 he donated to Lin Wood, Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney, was definitely not used toward Kyle’s bail but was for “different stuff, for many different things.” For the most part, Mike spent his time rambling and alluding to the mysterious “evidence” of Chinese hacking and Democracy-murdering voter fraud that he alone has seen. According to Yahoo!:
“Do you ever think it’s weird, objectively, looking at yourself, going, why is it that the only person in the country who has this evidence is a guy who sells pillows on cable?” Kimmel asked.
Lindell couldn’t quite answer that question, showing no signs of self-awareness and prompting Kimmel to express what seemed like genuine concern. “I worry about you,” he said. “I feel like you are maybe self-destructive, that you have lost everything repeatedly so many times in your life.”
Honestly, the best part of this interview (and the preceding bit which you can see here) is comedian James Adomian’s spot-on impression of Mike. And also the fact that if just one kid out there watched this and decided that crack is indeed whack, then it will all have been worth it. Here’s the interview.
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