It seems the only way to attract more ire from the mainstream media than praising President Trump is by praising the president and then talking about faith and the Bible.
Enter My Pillow’s Mike Lindell, who did both.
Lindell, the CEO of the company, gave an impromptu speech at the Rose Garden last week after being called up by Trump to address the media.
Lindell took the opportunity to encourage Americans to read their Bibles and spend time with their families.
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“Our president gave us so much hope when just a few short months ago we had the best economy, the lower unemployment and wages going up. It was amazing … We will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever,” he said.
Trump’s decision to call Lindell up was a field day for the snarky wing of the liberal elites.
“Is that the my pillow guy?? Do I need to turn the volume up. I was waiting for the doctors,” “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski tweeted. “Trump just called the ‘My Pillow’ guy up to the podium in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up,” MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi wrote.
CNN’s Jim Acosta called Lindell’s move a “PR stunt.”
Lindell told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” on Monday that he was not surprised by the media’s reaction to his speech, but said he was disgusted that in a time when the country should be coming together, his appeal was met with criticism.
Lindell said that facing criticism from the media over his faith is not unfamiliar territory. He said that for years he was criticized for wearing crosses in television appearances and was called a racist after meeting with President Trump a few years back.
“I’ve been down that road so many times with them,” he said. But he said the idea that his speech was well-rehearsed and planned out is just wrong.
“I wrote it right before I went up there,” he said.
Lindell told Fox Business earlier that he was appalled by the journalists at the press conference.
“I used to think that, they are not really that evil. Well yes, they are,” he said.
Lindell announced that his company was going to begin producing up to 50,000 masks a day in response to the crisis. He was praised by Meghan McCain, “The View” host, who said on Twitter that “this is not political.”
“And you should do some serious soul searching if this act of patriotism is triggering you,” she wrote.
Lindell told Todd Starnes, the host, that it is in times of trouble that we look to faith for comfort. He said this is “time to get back in our faith.”
Lindell said that his company remains committed to producing medical clothing during the coronavirus outbreak, including the highly coveted N95 masks.
Starnes joked that he has heard that his masks are the “most comfortable masks you’ll ever own,” a play on his pillow ads.