Mike Lindell moves the "reinstatement" goalposts again — now Trump will be back by Thanksgiving

"That is locked in stone, everybody," says MyPillow Guy, despite no evidence, no paperwork and no legal case

Published September 23, 2021 5:50AM (EDT)

Donald Trump and Mike Lindell (Photo illustration by Salon/Jabin Botsford/Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Mike Lindell (Photo illustration by Salon/Jabin Botsford/Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Pillow executive turned 2020 election truther Mike Lindell has revised his prediction, yet again, as to when the U.S. Supreme Court will hear his undisclosed legal argument that the 2020 election should be overturned.

As a refresher, for those who might not have been paying painstaking attention to the MyPillow CEO's every move, Lindell originally predicted that the high court would overturn the election and return Donald Trump to the White House by August. But of course that dream did not come to fruition, mostly because Lindell has presented no actual evidence but also because the Supreme Court has no authority to do any such thing. (The court can rule on the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress when they come under legal challenge, but it has no power to undo or revisit congressional actions.) That prompted Lindell to move the goalposts and claim that Trump's second coming would occur by year's end. 

On Tuesday, however, Lindell made an excited announcement that his mysterious legal team has fast-tracked internal research, claiming that its thus-far-imaginary Supreme Court case is now ahead of schedule. 

"This is the big announcement, everyone," Lindell proudly told Steve Bannon on the latter's "War Room: Pandemic" podcast. "I made a promise to this country that with all the evidence I have that we would get it to the Supreme Court, and I predicted they would vote 9-0 to look at the evidence."

He then asserted that before Thanksgiving, which falls on Nov. 25 this year, the court will have heard his case. 

"Originally, I had hoped for August and September. I asked all the lawyers just yesterday," Lindell said. "We are taking this case to the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving. Now maybe Fox [News] will report that today." That aside was a reference to the pillow king's feud with Fox News, which has generally ignored his recent claims and refused to cover his August "cyber symposium" in South Dakota. 

"This evidence is 100% non-subjective evidence," Lindell continued, "and that the Supreme Court, they're going to vote 9-nothing to take it in. We will have this before the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving. That's my promise to the people of this country. We're all in this together. We worked very hard on this!"

Late on Tuesday night, Lindell redoubled his Turkey Day promise. "I talked to all the lawyers today," he said on his Frank Speech website. "One hundred percent we are getting this before the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving. That is locked in stone, everybody." He went on to claim that the case will be the "most important case to our freedom in history." 

Lindell has not released or filed any documents intended to support such a hypothetical case, nor has he explained what legal mechanism he believes might allow the Supreme Court to take action on his unfocused claims of election fraud. Lawsuits do not go directly to the Supreme Court without working their way through the federal court system first. No suit aiming to overturn the 2020 election currently exists, and it's not clear who the plaintiff would be, or what standing they might have to make such grandiose claims. 

In the wake of Lindell's failed South Dakota "cyber symposium," Salon reports have revealed that Lindell has paid at least $3 million to "cyber experts" who provided him with no real evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Lindell and his lawyers, who are listed in ongoing litigation involving Dominion Voting Systems and one of its former executives, didn't return Salon's request for comment. 

Watch Lindell's bold prediction below, via YouTube

By Zachary Petrizzo

Zachary Petrizzo was an investigative reporter at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @ZTPetrizzo.

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