QAnon leader Ron Watkins recently told his followers on Telegram, “Please wait until Mike Lindell’s cyber symposium to learn more. Have a strong feeling it’s going to be huge.” Some QAnon followers believe Trump’s reinstatement will somehow coincide with a test of the nation’s emergency alert system scheduled for Wednesday, while others are eagerly awaiting soon-to-be-released results of Cyber Ninjas’ partisan voting audit in Arizona. But the MyPillow CEO, who has repeatedly said he believes Donald Trump will be back in the White House this month, is denying that he ever made the claim.
“Nobody said that, nobody said that, nobody said that, nobody said that, nobody said that, nobody said that, OK? I think this interview is over,” Lindell told a Vice News reporter as he walked into the South Dakota venue that is hosting his three-day “cyber symposium’, which began Tuesday and was designed to prove that the November election was “stolen”.
The Department of Homeland Security issued yet another warning last Friday, citing “reports regarding an increasing but modest level of activity online calling for violence in response to unsubstantiated claims of fraud related to the 2020 election and the alleged ‘reinstatement’ of Trump.”
Mike Lindell says he’s going to hide cyber guys in some other room and put headphones on them throughout his cyber symposium. pic.twitter.com/Btho2zNrT2
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) August 10, 2021
Lindell’s backtracking is likely to come as a major disappointment to QAnon followers, who adopted Lindell’s Trump reinstatement theory and will be watching closely as the symposium brings together “dozens of ‘cyber guys’ to verify what (Lindell) claims is election data that will reveal fraud in all 50 states.” Others have adopted a conspiracy theory pushed by Pizzagate proponent Jack Posobiec, who claims the Biden administration will use a COVID-19 lockdown to cover up evidence revealed during Lindell’s conference.
After butchering the name of Bolsonaro's son, Mike Lindell refers to him as simply "Brazil" pic.twitter.com/mdIgztTx6i
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2021
QAnon followers are no stranger to “moving goalposts when its prophecies fail,” but experts fear their frustration will eventually lead to (more) violence when the so-called “storm” never arrives.
In the real world, the bipartisan infrastructure bill passes the Senate, MTG is suspended on twitter, Dominion files new $1.6B defamation suits against right-wing media, and Andrew Cuomo resigns.
In the alternative world, Mike Lindell is rambling incoherently at his "symposium."
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) August 10, 2021