- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 7, 2021

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said delegates from 45 states have registered to attend a three-day event in South Dakota that the outspoken ally of former President Donald Trump insists will result in a unanimous Supreme Court ruling to overturn the November election.

Mr. Lindell claims to have 37 terabytes of “irrefutable” evidence that hackers, backed by China, broke into election systems and switched votes in favor of Joseph R. Biden. He plans to present the evidence at a “cyber symposium” beginning Tuesday.

“Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, this will be the greatest uniting of our country ever,” Mr. Lindell told The Washington Times in an interview. “Because this isn’t about politics. This is about free and fair elections and about the 2020 [election]. And you’ve got to get that righted.”

Mr. Biden defeated Mr. Trump in the general election. Federal officials in both administrations found no evidence of widespread fraud despite claims by Mr. Trump and several of his allies that the election had been stolen. Former Attorney General William P. Barr, who was appointed by Mr. Trump, also has contested the former president’s claims.

Mr. Lindell said Mr. Trump has not backed and is in no way involved in the symposium.

In-person attendance at Mr. Lindell’s event is limited to state, local and national politicians, cybersecurity experts and members of the media.

Mr. Lindell told The Times that he invited thousands of politicians from both parties. As of Friday, he said, registration was close to 500, including politicians or their delegates from 45 states. Mr. Lindell has offered $5 million to any person in attendance who can disprove his claims.

Representatives from Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Hawaii and Maine had not registered to attend, Mr. Lindell said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, declined Mr. Lindell’s invitation to attend the symposium. She cited scheduling conflicts, according to an email obtained by The Times. A member of Mrs. Pelosi’s staff thanked Mr. Lindell for his understanding.

Attendees will receive an in-depth review of the proof that Mr. Lindell claims to have of the Election Day cyberattack. Mr. Lindell said he was approached in early January by multiple people who said they had recorded “packet captures” in real time on Election Day. He said this data provides “objective proof” of a cyberattack. He hired a team of experts, who spent months validating the material and organized the symposium to present the evidence, he said.

Several election officials told CNN last week that Mr. Lindell’s claim is baseless. A Wisconsin election official from a county where Mr. Lindell said votes were switched told CNN that the county conducted a hand recount of every ballot and that a paper trail backs up the results.

The full duration of the symposium will be livestreamed on Mr. Lindell’s website, FrankSpeech.com. He said he hopes to attract 1 billion viewers.

“It’ll be the most seen event in history,” he told The Times. “I believe that because everyone in the world is going to be curious and to see this. And they’re going to be talking, going, ‘You got to see this. This is real. The United States was, their election was taken, hacked into by China.’ ”

He said he would have come forward with evidence of a cyberattack on the election if the roles were reversed and Mr. Biden would benefit. 

The event marks a culmination of months of Mr. Lindell’s highly publicized claims of election fraud. His claims have widely been discredited and cost him significantly financially and in terms of reputation.

Mr. Lindell has produced several documentaries outlining claims of election fraud that are posted on his website. The most recent, titled “Absolute 9-0,” alludes to a unanimous Supreme Court ruling and outlines the specific claim that is the subject of the cyber symposium. 

He said several retailers have pulled My Pillow products from their shelves since he began publicly challenging the election results.

In February, one of the largest manufacturers of voting machines, Dominion Voting Systems, sued Mr. Lindell and MyPillow for $1.3 billion in damages for defamation. The complaint claims Mr. Lindell damaged Dominion’s reputation through his claims of compromised election integrity. In June, Mr. Lindell filed a $1.6 billion countersuit citing the First Amendment and claiming that Dominion had infringed on his right to free speech.

Late last month, Mr. Lindell pulled ads valued at more than $1 million per week from Fox News, one of MyPillow’s biggest promoters, after the network refused to run an ad for the cyber symposium.

“We’ve lost about $80 million worth just with the box stores that dropped us for this year in revenue,” Mr. Lindell said. “And now we’re dropping Fox. That’s another million dollars a week for MyPillow that we lose. So we don’t get that back. We can’t just bring it somewhere else.”

He said he has personally spent close to $15 million on election fraud investigations and the cyber symposium. In total, he said, the election claims have cost him and his company hundreds of millions of dollars.

He said he has also received countless threats to him and his business.

“You cannot imagine what they’d come after me with,” he said. “Even overseas. Anybody that I dealt with, they hired bots and trolls and hit groups, whoever they were, hired to attack me and MyPillow.”

Mr. Lindell did not disclose any names of those who had registered for the cyber symposium or the sources of the raw material used to support his claim out of concerns for their security.

“This is about our country,” Mr. Lindell said. “I would go until the last dime is spent.

“Even if I went down and lost everything and was penniless in the street, it wouldn’t matter,” he said. “This is it. It doesn’t matter about the money.”

• Joseph Clark can be reached at jclark@washingtontimes.com.

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