Newsmax anchor Bob Sellers said frustration over a misunderstanding led to him walking off set during an interview with MyPillow CEO and staunch Donald Trump supporter Mike Lindell on Tuesday, and Sellers apologized on air to Lindell for his actions.
Sellers said he thought Lindell came on the show to discuss cancel culture and tech censorship, but that Lindell seemed to keep turning the topic to election fraud, which Sellers did not want to discuss.
In fact, the two topics were closely connected in that Lindell was permanently banned from Twitter last week because he has refused to stop talking about election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, which he thinks Trump really won.
During the interview with Sellers, Lindell said he had “100% proof” of election fraud related to the Dominion voting machines used in many swing districts and states, and that’s why Twitter banned him.
In a video clip that now has more than 10 million views, Sellers is shown getting more and more agitated at the direction of the interview.
At one point, Sellers asks the off-camera producers, “Can we get out of here please?”
He then said, “I don’t want to have to keep going over this. We at Newsmax have not been able to verify any of those allegations that you’re…”
But on Wednesday, Sellers used part of his air time to reiterate that Lindell is a friend of the network. “If you watched American Agenda yesterday, you may have seen something out of the ordinary happen during an interview with Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow,” Sellers said. “Mike is a friend of this network, and we were supposed to discuss Twitter’s decision to ban him and the impacts of cancel culture on his business.”
“I was frustrated that we couldn’t focus on the current, very pressing issue of free speech and cancel culture and, in hindsight, there is no question that I could have handled the end of the interview differently,” he continued, adding that Newsmax has not been able to verify the election fraud evidence that Lindell–or anyone else–claims to have.
Lindell permanently banned
Twitter permanently shut down not only Lindell’s personal Twitter account but the corporate MyPillow account as well after Lindell used it to post about the election.
In addition to the Twitter bans, major retailers Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, H-E-B and Wayfair have stopped selling MyPillow products. Still, Lindell refused to back down from sharing his beliefss about the election.
“The real people don’t care. Pillows are not political,” Lindell said, adding that he plans to sell direct if retailers continue to drop the products.
Lindell became somewhat of an advisor to Trump in his last days and weeks in office. Trump never conceded to President Joe Biden and continues to say the election was “stolen” from him.