Steve Bannon has enough of Mike Lindell's election "fantasy," pleads with him to "be realistic"

It's not the first time the two have clashed over Lindell's bombastic claims

Published October 27, 2021 4:39PM (EDT)

Steve Bannon and Mike Lindell (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)
Steve Bannon and Mike Lindell (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

Steve Bannon isn't too bullish on MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's chances of re-installing former President Donald Trump anytime soon, calling the bedding magnate's plans to overturn the 2020 election by Thanksgiving a "fantasy."

He made the comments during an interview with Lindell on "Real America's Voice" Wednesday, at one point pleading with Lindell to "be realistic."

Lindell has repeatedly pledged that a number of state attorneys general are going to file an election lawsuit with the Supreme Court by Oct. 23, and that the justices will vote 9-0 in favor of reinstalling Trump.

Bannon, however, doesn't seem so sure.

"What specifically are you asking for, and what law are you using and these attorney generals [sic] using to get standing before the Supreme Court? ... Nobody has got standing." Bannon asked. "So tell me how, Mike Lindell, on the 23rd of November at 9 a.m., how this is anything more than a fantasy?"

Want a daily wrap-up of all the news and commentary Salon has to offer? Subscribe to our morning newsletter, Crash Course.

"I'm not an attorney," Lindell admitted, though he did claim to be in contact with plaintiffs who do have legal standing to file a lawsuit directly to the Supreme Court. 

"I hope to get a minimum of 20 [attorneys general]." He added. "I'd like to get all 50 attorneys generals [sic] because every one of them should be worried."

"But you're not going to get 50, let's be realistic." Bannon replied. 

This isn't the first time that the two right-wing media fixtures have clashed over Lindell's bombastic statements. In March of this year, they argued over Lindell previous prediction that Trump would be re-installed as president come August — a prediction that failed to materialize. 

Likewise, throughout this week's interview Lindell refused to name the 20 attorneys general who would be willing to support the lawsuit — a tall task given the MyPillow CEO's track record of presenting bogus evidence of election fraud. 

"I really believe, like I've said all along, that [the Supreme Court] will accept it and it will be a 9-0 vote for them to accept it," Lindell stated. 

It remains unclear what legal justification Lindell plans to cite in order to overturn last November's election, though he said "It has something to do with our Fourth and 12th Amendment."

More from the frontlines in Mike Lindell's war on democracy:

By Trish Rooney

Trish Rooney is an Editorial Intern with Salon and a graduate journalism student at New York University. Follow her on Twitter @trishroooney.

MORE FROM Trish Rooney

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

2020 Election Big Lie Clip Conspiracy Theories Donald Trump Mike Lindell Politics Steve Bannon Supreme Court