MyPillow founder Mike Lindell hit back at members of the media who criticized him for remarks about his company donating medical face masks during a White House press briefing, accusing them of attacking him because he believes in God.
“God gave us grace on Nov. 8, 2016, to change the course we were on,” Lindell said during Monday’s briefing in the Rose Garden. “God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God. And I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bible and spend time with our families.”
Some members of the media and political pundits slammed his remarks, saying they were coming from someone unqualified to speak at an official White House press conference.
The "My Pillow Guy" was at the Corona Virus briefing today? Boy oh boy, do we need SNL this Saturday. If this had been a SNL skit we would have thought it was fake, right? You can't make this shit up. Who is going to play the "my pillow guy" ? @nbcsnl @ABFalecbaldwin @AlecBaldwin https://t.co/j28Bucs7do
— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) March 30, 2020
Is that the my pillow guy??Do I need to turn the volume up. I was waiting for the doctors
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) March 30, 2020
We have dead bodies piling up in refrigerated trucks in Queens because the morgues are overflowing and the ‘my pillow’ guy is saying god gave us Trump at the covid press conference. pic.twitter.com/8nf5gUOlg1
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) March 31, 2020
Lindell announced Monday he hoped to have his company producing 50,000 medical face masks a day to distribute around the country by the end of the week.
“This isn’t a political thing,” Lindell said Tuesday on Fox Business. “We’ve gotta get back to God and pray. … I’m so thankful everybody from all walks of life and all sides of the political aisle did get behind it against this, this evil media that’s out there. … I don’t even know why they do that. I can’t explain it. I don’t know Jim Acosta. I’ve never met him before.”
Acosta, a CNN reporter, suggested Lindell’s appearance during the press conference was a shameless act of self-promotion for his business.
“These briefings could be better designed,” Acosta said after the briefing. “President Trump could come out, say a few words, not have these PR stunts like Mr. Pillow coming out and getting a plug for his company, and let us hear more from Dr. [Deborah] Birx and Dr. [Anthony] Fauci.”
Media: @Acosta in a recap with @wolfblitzer: "These briefings could be better designed. @realDonaldTrump could come out, say a few words – not have these PR stunts like Mr. Pillow coming out and getting a plug for his company – and let us hear more from Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci." pic.twitter.com/JVQLvakPGE
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) March 30, 2020
Trump and Acosta sparred separately on Monday after Acosta accused Trump of downplaying the danger of the coronavirus. Trump dismissed the remarks for what he called Acosta’s “nasty, snarky” question.
Lindell, who is a personal friend of Trump’s, said his company was founded on the idea of “bringing God to people.”
He said he had dedicated 75% of his call center to the federal government’s coronavirus relief efforts.
“My employees, they’re working diligently, they’re working hard right now,” he said. “I want to get this country back just like the president does.”
Author: Dominick Mastrangelo
Source: Washington Examiner: MyPillow CEO tears into ‘evil media’ for mocking his appearance at White House press briefing