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Trump ally Mike Lindell baselessly questioned whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis legitimately won his 2022 election

Composite image of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (L) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

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  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell baselessly questioned whether Ron DeSantis legitimately won his 2022 election.
  • He said that DeSantis winning Miami-Dade County, a typically blue county, was “a deviation from norm.”
  • Lindell is a fervent Trump ally, and DeSantis is emerging as his fiercest political rival.

MyPillow CEO and ardent Trump ally Mike Lindell baselessly questioned whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis legitimately won his re-election bid in November.

Lindell questioned DeSantis’ win in Miami-Dade County, which has historically mostly voted Democratic, while appearing on his show “The Lindell Report.”

Lindell, who has relentlessly sought to discredit the Democratic election victories, said he now has DeSantis in his sights and wants to audit the Miami-Dade County results.

“I am going after Dade County in the 2022 election,” he said before adding later: “I look at deviations, everybody. That’s a deviation. I don’t believe it.”

“I’m going to find out in Dade County what happened there because it’s a deviation from norm,” he said.

DeSantis, who polls had favored to win, secured a landslide victory and flipped Miami-Dade County to the GOP for the first time since 2002. There has been no evidence to suggest any voter fraud took place.

The Florida governor is emerging as former President Donald Trump’s most fierce political rival. Trump has announced his plans to run for president in 2024, but DeSantis is yet to confirm if he will run against him.

Several conservative commentators, including Newsmax host John Cardillo and The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra, criticized Lindell for his comments.

Lindell has been among the most vocal proponents of  Trump’s election fraud conspiracy theories.

His baseless claims have led to him facing a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by voting technology company Dominion, as well as another lawsuit from voting systems company Smartmatic. 

This is in addition to a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a Dominion employee that he once accused of being a national traitor.

The pillow salesman told Insider in December 2021 that he had already spent $25 million pushing his baseless fraud claims related to the 2020 presidential election.

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