[guest post by Dana]
It’s Friday afternoon, and you know we couldn’t just end the week quietly.
Loyal Trumper and MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell was seen at the White House today. As an FYI, Lindell has been actively involved in the post-election protest movement, as we all financing the two-week March for Trump rally. In other words, he has pro-actively orchestrated efforts to overturn the legitimate election results. At the White House, Lindell was photographed holding his notes and a coffee cup in one hand. The notes were not entirely obscured by the coffee cup:
— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) January 15, 2021
It sort of looks like Lindell is toying with the idea of martial law:
… BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY TO SAVE THE
…Colon NOW as Acting National Security
…him with getting the evidence of ALL the
…in the election and all information regarding
…using people he knows who already have security
…done massive research on these issues
…at Fort Mead [sic]. He is an attorney with cyber-
…expertise and is up to speed on election issues.
…Insurrection Act now as a result of the assault on the
…martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any
…Sidney Powell, Bill Olsen, Kurt Olsen,
…DOD. Move Kash Patel to CIA Acting.
…on Foreign Interference in the election. Trigger
…powers. Make clear this is China/Iran
…also used domestic actors. Instruct Frank
…evidence on…the more broad
Just a wee bit problematic, no? Of course, it would be both unbelievably stupid and utterly corrupt to be considering such a move, but given Trump’s desperation and limited time left in office, this sort of last-ditch-Hail-Mary-dumbass-move seems like not only something Trump would nod enthusiastically to as it was being presented, but would also be the absolute culmination of all things Trump, and Trumpsim itself:
It may seem ridiculous but Mike Lindell has been at the center of the insurrection effort that resulted in the storming of the capitol.
MyPillow funded the Stop The Steal tour & was the main sponsor for media outlets covering it. His presence at WH is not to be taken lightly
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 15, 2021
UPDATE: Via Maggie Haberman @ NYT:
I got a bit more information about the Lindell meeting. It was a brief meeting, Trump sent him upstairs to the WH counsel’s office to be escorted by an admin official sitting next to Lindell in the meeting. That official, according to another official, was Robert O’Brien.
Once up there, he insisted on meeting with Cipollone. It got contentious, in part bc supposedly on the blacked-out part of his notes was something about how Cipollone should be fired.
Lindell tells me that he was carrying the notes for an attorney he’s been working with to prove the election was really won by Trump, wouldn’t say who it was. Said some of it related to reports Trump is now unable to see because he doesn’t have Twitter.
Lindell insists the papers he was holding, which were photographed and visible, didn’t reference “martial law.” An administration official says they definitely referenced martial law.
I can see with my own eyes that “martial law” was clearly captured by the *photograph* of the notes. Lindell confirms to us that we shouldn’t trust what he says.
UPDATE #2: Via Josh Dawsey @ WaPo:
Talked to Mike Lindell this evening. He said lawyer gave him notes to share with POTUS but repeatedly wouldn’t say what lawyer. He said he met with Trump for 5-10 minutes and then was referred to counsel’s office. Said the lawyers were “disinterested, very disinterested.”
Lindell said he gave POTUS this document & also provided to me. Said, falsely, it was clear Biden lost and Trump won — by 11 million votes. Said the truth would one day come out. After meeting with WH lawyers, who he said weren’t interested, he wasn’t let back in to see POTUS.