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The controversial executive, who has been banned from Twitter and is currently being sued for pushing wild conspiracy theories and disinformation that the 2020 election was rigged, began his interview with host Jimmy Kimmel talking about the novel coronavirus and whether or not Lindell had been vaccinated, confirming that he hasn’t.
The pair talked about Lindell’s background, which includes addiction to crack and cocaine. “I read Hunter Biden’s book, and you guys have a lot in common,” said the late night host. He then noted that Lindell has been “in hiding,” to which Lindell said he has been “working hard on this election and the machine.”
Kimmel referenced other parts of Lindell’s background, including his time working in a bar and carpet cleaning. “And then you fell in love with Donald Trump,” said Kimmel. Lindell noted that he was invited in the summer of 2016 to meet with Trump. “I have a buzzer here, just for the lawyers,” joked Kimmel, referring to the controversy around his guest and pointing to a big red button on the desk.
The host told Lindell about backlash that ensued after his appearance on the show was announced. “But I think it’s important that we talk to each other,” he told Lindell, before declaring, “I don’t think there’s any validity to the things you’re saying.” Kimmel noted that some people see a connection between some of Lindell’s ideas and the riots at the U.S. Capitol.
During the interview, Lindell talked about Dominion — one of the largest makers of voting machines in the U.S. — which is currently suing him, alleging that he defamed the company with false accusations that it had rigged the election for Biden. According to Lindell, an abundance of evidence will soon make it to the Supreme Court. Kimmel asked Lindell if he ever thinks it’s weird that the only person who appears to have such evidence is a guy who sells pillows on cable.
He went on to reference that Lindell is worth “many millions” of dollars. “I can see how you would think, well there must be some divine intervention here,” said Kimmel, of the position that Lindell claims to be in — sitting on evidence. “I’m going to suggest to you, maybe it’s a coincidence,” said Kimmel. “I worry about you. Maybe you’re self-destructive,” he added, joking that he could see Lindell donning a Spider-Man costume on Hollywood Boulevard.
Lindell emphasized that his evidence will come out. “If there’s nothing to hide, why won’t they let the American people look at them?” he asked, of Dominion.
“They say it is the most secure election we’ve ever had,” offered Kimmel.
Speaking of a meeting he had with Trump recently, Lindell said that the purpose was to bring Trump evidence about the voting machines and an attack from China.
Kimmel quizzed Lindell on a few things toward the end, such as whether he has a Hotmail email address, or whether he believes in Bigfoot.
On Tuesday, political watchdog group Common Cause released an open letter expressing that an appearance from the controversial executive and Donald Trump ally, who has repeatedly spread accusations of a rigged election, “will give him a bigger platform to spread his lies and disinformation.”
The letter noted that Lindell has been “a leading voice in spreading lies and disinformation regarding the 2020 election results, including producing several videos claiming that the 2020 elections were hacked.”
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