You never know what you’re going to see or hear during President Donald Trump’s freewheeling daily press briefings. But on Monday, the president shocked even the staunchest cynics when he introduced one of the businessmen pledging to make masks to help combat the spread of coronavirus: MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell.
Lindell has long been an outspoken supporter of Trump, appearing at several campaign rallies and promising he would be “the most amazing president this country has ever seen in history.” His company has sold over 40 million pillows since its inception in 2004, thanks largely to infomercials.
But MyPillow has also been the subject of numerous lawsuits, including false advertising (such as Lindell’s self-appointment as a “sleep expert”) and unsubstantiated claims to cure sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. In 2017, the Better Business Bureau lowered the company’s rating from an A+ to an F, due to a misleading “BOGO” offer.
Given Lindell’s dubious professional history, Twitter users felt less than thrilled about his entry into the fight against coronavirus.
So my Tiger King binge was interrupted by a text saying the CEO of MyPillow is now part of the presidential briefings on COVID19 … please tell me this is a prank.
— Joy VOTE & MASK UP!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) 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
Even the My Pillow guy? 😩
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 31, 2020
OK, who had the My Pillow guy appearing in a "coronavirus briefing" on their crazy BINGO card?
No you didn't. Stop.
This is insanity.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 30, 2020
No one fights a pandemic better or more scientifically than the insane mypillow guy talking bible.
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) March 30, 2020
During Monday’s briefing, Lindell also suggested Americans make the most of their quarantine by reading the Bible and spending time with their families. He even expressed a clear vision of how Americans would eradicate the coronavirus. It wasn’t free testing, beefed-up healthcare, or social distancing—it was prayer.
“God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on,” Lindell said. “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 Bibles and spend time with our families.”
The My Pillow guy Mike Lindell says this: "God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools & lives, a nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bible" pic.twitter.com/tRdlubE08u
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 30, 2020
My favorite part about today's My Pillow guy appearance is that Trump said, "I did not know he was gonna do that." Are these just Rose Garden press briefings just open mics now? https://t.co/DaNeZKw6pG
— Ryan H. Walsh (@JahHills) March 31, 2020
“With our great president, vice president, and this administration and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever,” he continued.
Send up some thoughts and prayers that Lindell’s masks hold up to scrutiny better than his pillows.