No one can accuse Mike Lindell of lacking commitment.
The 60-year-old pillow salesman has spent the last 12 months in an unrelenting state of outrage over the false belief that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
And yet, despite never-ending ridicule from the media, and despite repeatedly failing to produce the evidence he claims he has to prove his conspiracy theories, Lindell isn’t slowing down.
On Tuesday he was scheduled to file an election fraud complaint with the Supreme Court that he has spent weeks hyping as a “historic lawsuit.” But once again, he missed the deadline, this time blaming everything from Republican National Committee chairperson Ronna McDaniel to COVID vaccine mandates.
Undeterred, Lindell is now planning to spend his Thanksgiving weekend conducting a 96-hour “Thanks-a-thon” live stream on his FrankSpeech social network, where he will rehash already-debunked conspiracies about how the election was stolen.
“We’re going to take you back before the 2020 election, we’re going to go through all the propaganda and we’re going to silo it out and discredit it and go through a timeline,” Lindell said in a video posted on his website. “God bless you all and have the best Thanksgiving ever.”
It’s hard to imagine a worse Thanksgiving ever than one spent listening to Lindell and his acolytes talk about conspiracy theories, but he’s hoping that his fans will log on and sign a petition to try and get at least one attorney general willing to sign onto his Supreme Court complaint—because Lindell is yet to find one.
Lindell didn’t file the complaint Tuesday, but he did publish the 82-page document on his website for anyone to review.
Sadly for Lindell, where the name of the plaintiff should be, the document simply says “State of [Insert Your State].” And where the complaint should list the lawyer who is bringing it forward, the document simply says: “[counsel name, address]”
The complaint itself is a rehash of long-debunked election fraud conspiracies from states like Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia, claims that were first made in Sidney Powell’s infamous Kraken lawsuits earlier this year.
In fact, the Supreme Court rejected a similar case brought by Texas in December 2020 that sought to get four other states to overturn their election results.
At one point Lindell’s complaint claims that President Joe Biden should be held accountable for failing to “remedy the Constitution” by not fixing the flaws in the electoral system prior to the 2020 election.
Not only is this not something the president can do, but Lindell appears to have forgotten who was president in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
Even though no lawyer was willing to put their name on the complaint, it does appear to have been drafted by an actual lawyer: Lawrence Joseph, a conservative attorney who has filed briefs at the Supreme Court in support of conservative causes and figures. In fact, he helped Texas draft the complaint last year that was thrown out by the Supreme Court.
Given the gaping legal holes contained in the complaint, it comes as no surprise that no attorneys general have put their name on this document. But according to Lindell, there were lots of outside factors preventing the AGs from signing up.
“We believe that [the RNC and McDaniel] have reached out to multiple [attorneys general] and put pressure on them, not to sign the Supreme Court complaint,” Lindell said in a live video broadcast from aboard his private plane on Monday evening.
Lindell based his attack on McDaniel on the fact that she admitted last week that Biden had in fact won the 2020 election. “You can’t tell me why Ronna McDaniel, the head of the RNC, made a statement saying Biden won three days before this Supreme Court complaint was supposed to go to the Supreme Court. What about the timing of that, America!”
In a video posted Tuesday on his own website, Lindell said that attorneys general couldn’t sign his complaint because they had been tied up battling COVID vaccine mandates, and falsely claimed that “children were going to have to take shots,” even though no mandates for children under 12 have come into effect.
But Lindell did admit that some of the attorneys general he spoke to in recent months simply did not want to sign up.
“There's a lot of them out there where I believe people got to them, or they're just plain not with us, they're not with the people,” Lindell said in the video.
Last week Lindell also sought to frame the FBI raid on a Colorado election official’s house as part of a conspiracy to scupper his lawsuit, when in fact the raid was part of an investigation into how sensitive election data was leaked to QAnon influencer Ron Watkins.