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According to a Friday, September 8 report published by The Daily Beast, MyPillow chief executive officer and election denier Mike Lindell recently lost his cool over claims that the pillows he sells are flawed.
Per the Beast, footage from a recent deposition "with a former Dominion Voting Systems executive who filed a federal defamation lawsuit against" the CEO "shows Lindell melt down when he's shown a customer complaint describing a MyPillow product as 'lumpy.'"
Lindell insisted, "No, they're not lumpy pillows … when you say lumpy pillows, now you're an a**hole! You got that? You're an a**hole is what you are! Lumpy pillows? Kiss my a**. Put that in your book."
The conservative CEO then added, "Obviously you don't have a MyPillow, too. You don't, do you?"
Per the report, "In a motion filed this week asking the judge to sanction Lindell for his behavior," Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer said the conspiracy theorist was "'vulgar, threatening, loud (and) disrespectful' during three different depositions in the case," according to the Colorado Sun.
The Beast notes that "Lindell refused to provide a direct answer to virtually every question asked, instead opting to shout over Dr. Coomer's counsel and then provide lengthy, meandering filibusters that each consumed substantial amounts of time and several pages of transcript, the motion reads."
The Daily Beast's full report is available at this link (subscription required).
NYU law professor and former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann called the former president’s attacks on him and several other legal experts a “Badge of honor.”
“The group suing me in Colorado to ridiculously try and Unconstitutionally keep me off the ballot (I am leading against DeSanctimonious by almost 50 points, and beating Crooked Joe, BIG!), is TRUMP DERANGED ‘CREW,’ composed of many slime balls & groups like Norm Eisen through Brookings or Just Security, Andrew Weissmann, Joyce Vance, et al. They are, perhaps illegally, working with Weissmann acolyte Lisa Monaco at ‘Injustice.’ I have been beating them for years, including Impeachments. MAGA!!!
Weissmann in a social media post on X said: “’Acolyte’ and spelling my name correctly = sadly Trump could not have written this.” It was in a separate post that he called the naming and shaming a "badge of honor."
Former Donald Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham took to X on Friday in response to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows' failure to get his charges in the Georgia election racketeering case removed to federal court, and highlighted how the affair shows how little regard the former president has for the wellbeing of those loyal to him.
"Remarkable to see where many have ended up post-Trump Admin," wrote Grisham. "Meadows. Bannon/Navarro convicted. Rudy in ruin. People indicted/broke. Meanwhile 'the boss' continues to lie/raise $ off people. It’s so hard to watch. Please speak up-you know who you are. He doesn’t care about you."
Asked by one commenter why anyone even goes into Trump's orbit in the first place when it ends so badly, Grisham offered, "That’s a totally fair ? & all I can offer is you feel 'special/untouchable' when in his circle. Your ego almost mirrors his & u think he’ll never turn on u. If u think about leaving it’s scary - he attacks, both sides hate you, jobs are hard to come by & people need to survive."
Grisham last month excoriated Trump over his ongoing attacks and insults against the prosecutors involved in his legal cases. “I think it's chilling, you know, legally, it doesn't seem like it's very smart, but how is that not intimidation?” she said at the time.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is prosecuting Trump, Meadows, and 17 other co-defendants for a series of alleged organized criminal acts to try to overturn the election results in Georgia, from the standing of false electors, to Trump's phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger demanding he "find" extra votes, to the breaching of elections equipment in Coffee County and the harrassment and intimidation of poll workers.
Some other co-defendants are trying to move for removal of their case to federal court, including former DOJ civil division official Jeffrey Clark — which Willis responded to in a harsh filing pointing out none of what he's accused of doing fits within the scope of a federal official's responsibility.
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