- The voting company Smartmatic on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against MyPillow's CEO Mike Lindell.
- "Wild as a fox. Mike Lindell knows exactly what he's doing and it's dangerous," Smartmatic said.
- Smartmatic claims that Lindell runs conspiracy theories to seize a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to sell pillows.
The voting machine company Smartmatic on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against MyPillow's CEO, Mike Lindell, and the company, claiming that he spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election to sell pillows.
"Wild as a fox. Mike Lindell knows exactly what he's doing and it's dangerous," Smartmatic claims in his lawsuit, which includes Lindell's company, MyPillow, as one of the defendants.
The voting machine company sued both Lindell and MyPillow for defamation and misleading trading practices. Smartmatic is asking for an unspecified amount of monetary compensation and for Lindell to withdraw claims he made that they and other voting machine companies switched votes from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden in 2020.
"He knows the voting machines did not change votes from former President Trump to now-President Biden. These facts do not matter to Mr. Lindell because he knows he can sell," the Smartmatic lawsuit reads. "He knows he can sell a preconceived story about voting machines stealing democracy by stealing votes from a president who is incredibly popular with millions of Americans. And of course, Mr. Lindell - 'MyPillow Guy' - knows he has to sell pillows to keep and increase his fortune. "
In its application, the voting machine company further claimed that Lindell took advantage of a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to make money by making baseless allegations of electoral fraud.
"Mr. Lindell deliberately ignited xenophobia and party splitting with the noble purpose of selling his pillows," Smartmatic's complaint read, adding that the MyPillow brand was placed "conveniently" and "strategically" during Lindell's media appearances.
"Mr Lindell's message was as dangerous as it was factually inaccurate," Smartmatic continued.
When Lindell reached out for a comment Tuesday night, Lindell told Insider he was "excited" about the Smartmatic case because it would allow him to present evidence that he says he has on them.
"They are guilty. They have attacked us and were part of history's greatest crime against our country. And they are all going to go to jail," Lindell told Insider when asked for comment on Smartmatic's lawsuit against him. "The reason I go after Smartmatic and Dominion is because they helped commit one of the greatest crimes against the American people, and my grandchildren deserve a future in this country."
"It's a little funny when I've lost over $ 80 million from the checkout counters, retailers, and shopping channels dropping me. And I poured over $ 30 million into this election crime that these guys committed and Smartmatic helped commit," he said. Lindell told Insider. "Also, I sold pillows long before the election."
Lindell previously told Insider he had spent more than $ 25 million on election fraud allegations, adding that the split included $ 10 million, which he said he spent on building Frank Speech, the social media platform from which he broadcasts every evening.
This lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal issues for the pillow. He is also facing a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems. The company filed a $ 1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell, and MyPillow is suing Dominion for $ 1.6 billion.