My Pillow Guy Volunteers to Be Kimmel Punchline
How badly does My Pillow king Mike Lindell want to continue spreading misinformation about voting machines? Enough to knowingly make himself a national punchline (again), this time on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Unlike, say, Donald Trump’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which seemed to at least legitimize, if not endorse, the candidate, Jimmy Kimmel let his audience know exactly what he thinks of Lindell’s conspiracy theory: It is a goofy-ass joke. Kimmel introduced Lindell as an “unhinged character,” trapping him inside a carnival scam under the auspices of helping the bedding magnate get over his debilitating fear of machines.
“From the corner of Donkey Kong and Q*bert,” Lindell grinned dopily among the stuffed animals, as one does when running for chairman of the Republican National Committee. It all led to Kimmel’s first question: “Why do you think people don’t take you seriously?”
Despite Kimmel’s insults, Lindell stubbornly, cheerfully stayed on message: If claw machines can be rigged, why not voting machines? Well sure, Mike — by that logic, why not sewing machines and washing machines as well? Kimmel offered George Foreman’s Lean Mean Grilling Machine and Gloria Estafan’s Miami Sound Machine as machines that probably aren’t rigged, but Lindell couldn’t quite hear the jokes. That’s right, remembered Kimmel — it’s hard to hear when you’re locked inside a claw machine.
Kimmel used the nine-minute segment to rub Lindell’s nose in his own idiocy, playing a tape of Lindell repeatedly predicting a victory for the chairmanship of RNC. In reality, he got four votes, compared to 111 for winner Ronna McDaniel and 51 for runner-up Harmeet Dhillon. Unfortunately, there were no machines to blame this time around.
Lindell confessed to Kimmel that he’s personally invested about $40 million in his fight against elections he's convinced are fixed. By our math, that’s about 800,320 pillows worth. Kimmel did his part through the night to help Lindell sell more, offering graphics with pillow promo codes that read:
- CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS NUT AGREED TO THIS?
- THIS MAN IS THE CEO OF A COMPANY
- MIKE FOUGHT THE CLAW AND THE CLAW WON
- WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE HIM IN THERE
Unlike claw machines, which occasionally let go of their prizes, the self-owning Lindell admitted he’s never letting go of his mission to discredit current voting methods. Kimmel did give Lindell credit for one thing: He believes that Lindell believes what he’s saying. On the other hand, the host posited, Trump and Rudy Giuliani know full well that the election was lost fair and square. Surprisingly, Lindell didn’t really fight back on that particular point.
“You are definitely committed,” Kimmel marveled as he sent Lindell back into Dave & Buster's hell. “And you should probably be committed.”