If you want the one-sentence answer: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is hurting the cause of anyone who dares think there was voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election because Lindell as you know had substance abuse issues and his election theory is lunacy.
WTMJ’s Steve Scaffidi spent some time preparing for his show today (Wednesday) by watching part of the opening of Lindell’s three-day “cyber symposium” on his assertion the election as rigged.
In Scaffidi’s first segment today he played a clip from the symposium where Lindell got huffy. During the clip Lindell was informed that the event was about to break for a pre-planned lunch.
“So we’re not going on a break. Put up that movie again. Run that movie again. There’s no breaks. We’re streaming 72 hours! Live-streaming, around the world. This never stops!”
Addressing the audience Lindell continued, “You guys can go eat. That’s fine, but I ain’t eating! I’m staying up here for 72 hours before they ruin our signal!”
The audio had not a single word of a conspiracy theory, just Lindell being excited and a bit upset. Enough to make Scaffidi argue Lindell is not to be taken seriously.
Several times Scaffidi mentioned Lindell’s past substance abuse problems. Scaffidi also called out a few GOP state lawmakers who’ve questioned the integrity of the 2020 election, asking if Republicans want to hitch their wagon to folks like Lindell and these legislators who are pushing what Scaffidi called “lunacy.”
Ironically Scaffidi’s CNN-like attack on Lindell and people of his ilk came on the same day a new Marquette University statewide poll was released showing while 97% of Democrats were confident about the accuracy of the 2020 election count in Wisconsin, only 28% of Republicans were.
Scaffidi who claims to be a Republican (not a very strong one I might add) got no traction on the topic and quickly dumped the discussion, maintaining Lindell was hurting the cause of Trump supporters.
If Scaffidi, the self-proclaimed Republican, wanted to truly help the GOP cause he missed a golden opportunity.
Instead of going after Lindell, a favorite whipping boy of the Left, Scaffidi should have targeted WI. Governor Tony Evers who on Tuesday vetoed a bunch of Republican election reforms that lawmakers said would close the loopholes exploited during the 2020 elections.
In all, the governor vetoed seven different Republican-sponsored plans that would have stopped people from returning ballots for other people; redefined who is and who is not indefinitely confined; required almost everyone in the state to show voter ID; stopped local election workers from filling in missing pieces on ballots; and stopped mass-absentee ballot collections like Democracy in the Park in Madison.
“While he claims these bills are ‘anti-democracy,’ his actions speak louder than words,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said. “[The governor] is satisfied with the status quo and refusing to improve future elections. These bills closed loopholes, standardized procedures, established uniformity, guaranteed only the voter can correct their own ballot, and protected the votes of seniors in long-term care.”
“The governor just turned his back on important election integrity bills that, had he signed, would have gone a long way to prove to the people of Wisconsin that protecting the integrity of our elections matters more than appeasing progressive Madison and Milwaukee special interest groups,” Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) said. Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said the governor is making it easier for more election cheating.
“Our commonsense election integrity bills would have made it easy to vote and harder to cheat,” LeMahieu said. “Protecting Voter ID laws and the integrity of our election is fundamental to a healthy republic. Gov. Evers is standing in the way of restoring the trust in our process that has been lost.”
Scaffidi’s shows are guest-heavy. He constantly consistently books guests to help carry him so he doesn’t have to go it alone. But he didn’t have any GOP legislator on the show to blast Evers. I wonder if he even made an attempt to reach out and offer any Republican air time since he never broached the subject. Too busy trampling on a highly visible Trump supporter.
When Scaffidi started out on WTMJ I thought his program was fine for a beginner. The quality went from there to just being OK. Now I’m sorry to say it’s kinda bad and tough to listen to. In my view the average listener doesn’t get top-notch analysis or really learns all that much. He/she does get occasional condescension and lecturing, though.
Scaffidi was a very, very good mayor. I want to reiterate this has nothing to do with whether he’s a nice guy or not. I know he is. But this talk show deal is a totally different story.