Several media personalities and Trump critics have attacked MyPillow’s Mike Lindell after he delivered brief remarks during President Trump’s coronavirus press briefing on Monday, where the CEO announced the dedication of 75 percent of his manufacturing capacity to produce masks for healthcare workers.
Lindell delivered brief remarks during Monday’s press briefing to talk about what his company is doing to assist the country during the crisis. The inventor and author said he is devoting the bulk of his manufacturing capacity to produce masks for medical professionals. He expects that they will be producing 50,000 masks a day by the end of the week, up from 10,000 per day.
“I’m proud to manufacture our products in the United States, and I’m even more proud to serve our nation in this time of need,” he said at the press conference:The White House / YouTube
He also praised the president and encouraged Americans to use this time to get closer to God and family.
“God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on,” he told the press.
“God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the Word. Read our Bible and spend time with our families,” he continued:
Our president gave us so much hope where, just a few short months ago, we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment, and wages going up. It was amazing. With our great president, vice president, and this administration, the other great people in this country, and praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that is stronger and safer than ever.
While officials have been putting an emphasis on the production of medical equipment for health care professionals on the frontlines, several critics have been mocking Lindell over his remarks and virtually dismissing his company’s assistance in the mass production of masks to help fight the pandemic.
“The ‘My Pillow Guy’ was at the Corona Virus briefing today? Boy oh boy, do we need SNL this Saturday. If this had been a SNL skit we would have thought it was fake, right?” Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown wrote.
“You can’t make this shit up. Who is going to play the ‘my pillow guy’ ?” she asked:
The "My Pillow Guy" was at the Corona Virus briefing today? Boy oh boy, do we need SNL this Saturday. If this had been a SNL skit we would have thought it was fake, right? You can't make this shit up. Who is going to play the "my pillow guy" ? @nbcsnl @ABFalecbaldwin @AlecBaldwin https://t.co/j28Bucs7do
— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) March 30, 2020
“Look, it’s hard to fill up 90 minutes worth of material every single day, so you need to get some sponsored material/infomercials,” New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait remarked:
Look, it's hard to fill up 90 minutes worth of material every single day, so you need to get some sponsored material/infomercials https://t.co/GLawZaojsR
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 30, 2020
“In case you were wondering what My Pillow is doing in a time of coronavirus,” CNN Executive Editor Ram Ramgopal mocked, also ignoring Lindell’s previous remarks on producing thousands of masks:
In case you were wondering what My Pillow is doing in a time of coronavirus. https://t.co/W3ocMJe7Ym
— Ram Ramgopal (@RamCNN) March 30, 2020
“Trump just called the ‘My Pillow’ guy up to the podium in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up,” MSNBC host Ali Velshi said:
Trump just called the “My Pillow” guy up to the podium in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up.
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) March 30, 2020
I predicted a lot of horrible things would happen during a Trump Presidency.
I did not predict a Rose Garden address by the MyPillow guy during the middle of a global pandemic.
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) March 31, 2020
Trump now has the guy from My Pillow doing a campaign commercial for Trump's 2020 campaign in the middle of a press conference about a deadly virus. How can any real news network air this BS?! #StopAiringTrump
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 30, 2020
Is that the my pillow guy??Do I need to turn the volume up. I was waiting for the doctors
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) March 30, 2020
500 people died today. But by all means, let’s hear from the MyPillow Man. https://t.co/0BS0msqEiR
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) March 31, 2020
So marketing. How much money did the my pillow guy donate to Trump. https://t.co/fcnlmStOHm
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 30, 2020
We have dead bodies piling up in refrigerated trucks in Queens because the morgues are overflowing and the ‘my pillow’ guy is saying god gave us Trump at the covid press conference. pic.twitter.com/8nf5gUOlg1
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) March 31, 2020
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell says God put Trump in the White House and tells people to read the Bible while standing behind a presidential seal on government property in a clear violation of the separation of church and state. pic.twitter.com/ND7onUwQZk
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 30, 2020
CNN cuts away from the White House coronavirus briefing when Trump invites the My Pillow guy up to the podium to talk.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 30, 2020
Remember, people, during a national emergency that threatens the lives of your family, the most important thing is to be grateful for the charitable donations of a guy who helped Trump get elected, as he tells you to read your Bible and put God back in the schools. https://t.co/bbg89jFdtY
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 31, 2020
3/26 @JoyAnnReid complains there’s not enough masks for healthcare workers.
3/30 @MyPillowUSA announces they will shift production to make masks for healthcare workers.
Umm, WHAT?!! pic.twitter.com/v6RUDytUOv
— Mary Vought (@MaryVought) March 31, 2020
Despite the critiques, Lindell found support, even from unlikely personalities.
“Everybody was attacking this MyPillow guy,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said on Tuesday.
“Here’s my thought: If you’re going to make 50,000 masks and give them to doctors and nurses on the front lines in New York City, I’m fine with you going up,” he added.
“If Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, takes 75 percent of his manufacturing ability right now, God bless him,” co-host Willie Geist remarked. “If he wants to help, I’m all for it.”