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Mike Lindell claims ‘bots and trolls’ behind My Pillow petition

My Pillow man Mike Lindell claims that “bots and trolls” are behind a preferred petition urging main retailers to chop ties together with his company — and he’s employed non-public eyes to show it.

In an interview with The Post, Lindell blasted as pretend a Change.org petition that’s racked up about 105,000 signatures demanding Amazon, Walmart and Costco cease promoting his My Pillow merchandise over Lindell’s continued efforts to sow doubts over Joe Biden’s victory within the 2020 presidential election.

“This petition was put up by companies that are full of bots and trolls,” Lindell advised The Post on Wednesday. “All they’ve done is attack retailers. These are hired groups to attack retailers.”

Asked what proof he has for his claims, Lindell admitted he’s nonetheless attempting to dig that up. He pointed as an alternative to Facebook profiles with “zero friends” which have left damaging feedback on pages belonging to “retailers that were attacked before.”

“I’ve hired investigators out of my own pocket, huge companies to investigate who’s behind these because somebody ordered these attacks,” the embattled CEO mentioned. “Change.org, they’re probably another attack group. We’re gonna find out who’s doing this to our country.”

Change.org, an internet petition company with 400 million customers, shot down Lindell’s claims, saying the MyPillow marketing campaign was began by an actual particular person and that every one the signatures are genuine. The company additionally famous that different customers have began petitions supporting Lindell.

“Our engineering team puts significant resources toward spam detection and prevention, from removing fake or inactive emails and verifying the authenticity of our users’ email addresses to monitoring petitions for suspicious signatures,” a Change.org rep advised The Post in a press release. “If we are made aware of any fraudulent signatures, we remove them immediately — and in this case, we can confirm that the signatures on this petition are not fraudulent.”

Mike Lindell speaks alongside Donald Trump in March 2020.
Mike Lindell speaks alongside Donald Trump in March 2020.

“Bots and trolls” are a standard bogeyman for Lindell. He’s beforehand blamed them for boycott threats towards My Pillow and alleged in January that Dominion Voting Systems — which is suing him for $1.3 billion over his false accusations that the company stole votes — employed “bots and trolls and went after all my vendors.”

Lindell’s repeated claims that the 2020 election was stolen from ex-President Donald Trump has already resulted in some 22 retailers dropping My Pillow merchandise, which he has estimated price him about $65 million in gross sales.

The Change.org petition, launched by California man James Lanigan in mid-January, requires the nation’s largest retailers to cease promoting MyPillow merchandise, together with Bed Bath & Beyond, which has beforehand mentioned it could section out the merchandise.

“Time to tell our major retailers to stop selling his products,” the petition reads. “We will not support funding insurrectionists!”

Lanigan didn’t return requests for remark. His Change.org profile describes him as “just a guy living in California that has progressive values and wants to save the environment.”

Lindell additionally advised The Post that he’s making ready to deliver his personal lawsuit towards Dominion subsequent week accusing the voting-machine agency of quelling free speech with a slew of defamation complaints. But he mentioned he didn’t know the place the case could be filed.

“They suppressed free speech by suing — I don’t know how many now, it could be hundreds of lawsuits and threats to individuals and stations like Fox News,” Lindell mentioned.

Dominion didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

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