- MyPillow’s new lawsuit against Dominion doubles down on election conspiracy theories.
- It’s a different approach than the one Sidney Powell took after Dominion sued her for $1.3 billion.
- Powell’s lawyers argued that “no reasonable person” would take her claims seriously.
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Mike Lindell doubled down on his false conspiracy theory about the 2020 election in a new lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems filed Monday.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Minnesota and seeking $1.6 billion in damages, is a counter-suit against a previous lawsuit from Dominion. It was filed on behalf of Lindell’s company, MyPillow, although Lindell promoted it on his new social network, Frank.
Dominion sued Lindell and MyPillow in February, asking for $1.3 billion in damages. The election technology company claimed Lindell defamed it when he falsely claimed it rigged the 2020 election in favor of Joe Biden against Donald Trump.
The new MyPillow lawsuit reiterates a version of the very same conspiracy theory.
“In its capacity as – and using its authority as – a governmental actor, Dominion allowed manipulation or changing of votes in the 2020 election, as well as suppressed public debate about the election which deprived MyPillow of its rights,” the lawsuit says.
There is no evidence that Dominion allowed the manipulation or changing of votes in the 2020 election. Numerous audits, lawsuits, and analyses of technology used in the election have found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Despite claiming Dominion manipulated election results, the lawsuit brings forth no evidence to bolster that claim. The most recent example of problems with Dominion-related election software included in the lawsuit dates back to 2009. The lawsuit also brings up examples of numerous people claiming before the 2020 election that it would be hacked, but presents no actual evidence of hacking. The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency said the 2020 election was “the most secure in American history.”
The lawsuit further claims Dominion’s litigation against MyPillow, Lindell, and others is an exercise in “cancel culture” and stifles free speech.
“This is a meritless retaliatory lawsuit, filed by MyPillow to try to distract from the harm it caused to Dominion,” Dominion attorney Stephen Shackelford told Insider’s Grace Dean.
MyPillow’s approach to Dominion’s $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit differs from others who’ve been sued over election conspiracy theories.
Lawyers for Sidney Powell, another conspiracy theorist sued by Dominion, defended her statements about Dominion by saying her claims were too outlandish for anyone to take seriously.
“Even assuming, arguendo, that each of the statements alleged in the Complaint could be proved true or false, no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact,” Powell’s attorneys wrote.
Lindell has welcomed a lawsuit from Dominion from the start, claiming litigation would prove his theories to be correct.