The right-wing Christian founder of a specialty pillow company speechified at the ongoing CPAC conference Thursday, declaring that President Donald Trump “the greatest president in history” because he was “chosen by God.”
Lindell spoke of his “divine appointment” with then-candidate Trump in 2016, which he says made him believe “God had chosen him for a time such as this.”
“God answered our millions of prayers and gave us grace and a miracle happened on November 8, 2016,” he said. “We were given a second chance and time granted to get our country back on track with our conservative values and getting people saved in Jesus’ name. As I stand before you today, I see the greatest president in history. Of course he is, he was chosen by God.”
Lindell, who aggressively advertises his products on Fox News and other right-wing media says becoming a Christian saved him from his addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine, The Advocate notes. And he credited Trump with saving the U.S. economy (even though President Obama’s largely responsible for this) and rescuing the country from “terrible political correctness.”
Whatever that means. Because he was apparently discouraged by what he noticed while breaking away from his addictions a decade ago. He credits Trump with making things all bright and shiny again:
“What I saw before me were friends unemployed, terrible political correctness, people saying ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’ (oh the horror!), and people trying to take God out of everything, and people not even acknowledging Jesus Christ.”
But all that’s changed now that Trump’s in office he said:
“We finally have a common sense, pragmatic, conservative president who keeps his word.”
Even though this president “who keeps his word” made 8,718 false or misleading claims as of February 17, 2019, notes The Washington Post.
During his speech, Lindell skirted around LGBTQ issues but said the country was suffering from a lack of “family values” before Trump became president. Then he took time to pat himself on the back for appearing in the upcoming anti-abortion documentary Unplanned, which supposedly exposes Planned Parenthood, an organization that he says “murders babies.”
While Lindell’s company promises customers a better night’s sleep, a consumer watchdog group noted in 2016 that MyPillow.com also made some wild claims — that the product could cure sleep apnea, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia. That led to district attorneys in 10 California counties suing the company. Although it settled the litigation by admitting no wrongdoing, MyPillow.com agreed to pay “$995,000 in civil penalties. It also pledged to donate $100,000 to homeless and domestic violence shelters in California, Consumer Reports noted.
Kind of reminds me of that $25 million Trump University settlement. Just sayin.’
Here’s Lindell’s CPAC speech in this Right Wing Watch video below.
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