Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, is countersuing Dominion Voting Systems after the company whacked the conservative businessman with a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit.
Lindell is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion for trying to “cancel” him and destroy his company with a “scorched earth campaign” of “lawfare,” amplified by friendly media coverage, to “silence debate” on Dominion and its role in the 2020 election.
Lindell alleges “lawfare”
A stalwart Trump supporter, Lindell backed the former president’s challenges to the 2020 election results, including claims that Dominion’s voting machines were hacked in a scheme to make Joe Biden the president.
Dominion sued Lindell and MyPillow in February, accusing the CEO of “defamatory marketing” that “reached millions of people and caused enormous harm to Dominion.”
In his own lawsuit, Lindell accuses Dominion of leveraging “exaggerated” legal threats as part of a “media blitzkrieg” against MyPillow and others who have accused the company of manipulating the election.
He demands $1.6 billion in damages for alleged harm to MyPillow and its employees, who he says have faced daily harassment.
“Through aggressive litigation, threats of litigation, and publicization of these activities, Dominion seeks to stop criticism of election voting machines and suppress information about how its machines have been hacked in American elections,” the lawsuit reads.
Lindell faces wide blacklisting
Lindell’s lawsuit claims that evidence “continues to accumulate” that manipulation of Dominion’s machines was instrumental to Biden’s victory, and notes that concerns about the security of electronic voting systems, including those provided by Dominion, have been voiced by Democrats in the past.
Dominion has also sued Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, and Sidney Powell, the former Michael Flynn lawyer who made extravagant promises of smoking-gun evidence to reverse the election outcome, and the company has sent scores of cease and desist letters to individuals and companies.
“Dominion is using today’s cancel culture to eliminate dissent and to cover up the election issues that compromised the 2020 result,” Lindell’s suit says.
Dominion dismissed the lawsuit, saying, “This is a meritless retaliatory lawsuit, filed by MyPillow to try to distract from the harm it caused to Dominion.”
Lindell has faced widespread corporate blacklisting, having recently been banned from Twitter, and several retailers including Costco have pulled MyPillow from shelves.