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.

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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.”

“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.

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*First Published: March 31, 2020, 5:52 am