MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell said Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wayfair and other retailers are dropping his products after he spent weeks repeatedly pushing debunked claims the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
The moves, which Lindell referenced during a weekend interview, come as corporate America is rethinking its political affiliations following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. On Jan. 6, a mob of Trump supporters — provoked by the president himself — overran the Capitol in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential contest. Dozens of Republican lawmakers who subsequently voted against certification have lost support from many of their corporate backers.
“I just got off the phone with Bed Bath & Beyond. They’re dropping MyPillow. Just got off the phone not five minutes ago. Kohl’s, all these different places,” Lindell, an avid President Trump backer, told Right Side Broadcasting Network. “These guys, they’re scared, like a Bed Bath & Beyond, they’re scared. They were good partners. In fact, I told them, ‘You guys come back anytime you want.’ ”
Lindell circles back, links business losses to “the deep state” and “communism” and to the lawsuit threat from “the machine people” Dominion. (after it cuts out, the host defends the honor of mypillow) pic.twitter.com/FdURA4SI7q
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Bed Bath & Beyond said the decision stemmed from ongoing efforts to remove low-selling products from its shelves.
“As previously announced, we have been rationalizing our assortment to discontinue a number of underperforming items and brands,” the company said in an emailed statement to The Post. “This includes the MyPillow product line. Our decisions are data-driven, customer-inspired and are delivering substantial growth in our key destination categories.”
Lindell has repeatedly pushed Trump’s baseless claims the election was stolen, even claiming to have “proof” during interviews with right-wing media.
The MyPillow CEO is now facing litigation from Dominion Voting Systems, whose lawyers have accused him of making “false and conspiratorial” claims alleging the technology firm altered the outcome of the presidential race.
According to a Jan. 8 letter, Dominion has accused the CEO of conducting a “smear campaign” and leveraging his “significant social media following to inflict the maximum amount of damage to Dominion’s good name and business operations.”
“Despite your repeated promises — not to mention your considerable and costly efforts to bankroll a so-called investigation into Dominion — you have failed to identify a scintilla of credible evidence that even suggests that Dominion is somehow involved in a global conspiracy to harvest millions of votes in favor of President-elect Biden,” the letter states. “Of course, this is because no such evidence exists.”