The Smartmatic voting machine company has filed a scathing defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump ally and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, alleging he concocted lies about a rigged presidential election to sell his products.
The suit, which also names the MyPillow company as a defendant, also alleges deceptive trade practices and seeks unspecified monetary damages. In addition, the suit demands that Lindell retract his statements that Smartmatic switched votes from then-President Trump to Democratic rival Joe Biden.
â€œHe knows voting machines did not switch votes from former President Trump to now President Biden,â€ the lawsuit states. But â€œfacts do not matter to Mr. Lindell,â€ it adds.
It accuses him of taking advantage of a â€œonce-in-a-lifetime opportunityâ€ to make money by pushing the vote fraud claims.
â€œMr. Lindell intentionally stoked the fires of xenophobia and party-divide for the noble purpose of selling his pillows,â€ says the suit, noting that the MyPillow name is inevitably placed â€œconvenientlyâ€ and â€œstrategicallyâ€ during Lindellâ€™s media appearances.
Lindell told Business Insider that he welcomed the suit because Smartmatic is â€œguiltyâ€ of vote manipulation and â€œtheyâ€™re all going to prison.â€ (He also said earlier this month that he has the evidence to put at least 300 million Americans â€• somehow linked to what he claims is a fraudulent election â€• â€œin prison for life.â€ Only 155 million Americans voted for president in the 2020 election.)
He said it was â€œkind of hilariousâ€ the suit argues his attacks have been profitable because, he claims, he lost more than $80 million after â€œbig-box stores, retailers and shopping channelsâ€ dropped him amid his controversial campaign.
Lindell peppered a four-day symposium on the election late last year with countless plugs for his pillows.
There is no evidence of any notable fraud involving Smartmaticâ€™s machines, which were used in Los Angeles County in the 2020 election.
Dominion Vote Systems also sued Lindell last year for $1.3 billion in damages for the â€œenormous harmâ€ it says Lindell created with his â€œviral disinformation campaignâ€ about the presidential election.
That suit also claimed Lindell was aware his company â€œcould derive … financial benefits from making … false statementsâ€ accusing Dominion of â€œfraud, election rigging and conspiracy, which are serious crimes.â€