My Pillow Guy is Stuck With 2 Million Masks That Trump Supporters Don’t Want
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the instructions to fight the virus were pretty simple. Social distance and wear face masks. Mike Lindell, then thinking masks would be important, began manufacturing them in his pillow factory.
Unfortunately for Lindell, his favorite politician decided not to listen to doctors. Trump refused to tell his supporters to wear masks and he mocked some who did. As a result, the facial coverings became part of Trump’s white grievance culture war. And now the My Pillow Guy is sitting on millions of unused masks.
Lindell told the Daily Beast, “We gave away five million masks to the public, free across this country, and it cost about $4.8 million to make them. Anyone can have them now. I don’t care.”
The pillow entrepreneur continued, “We were only gonna donate to VA hospitals, nursing homes, but the FDA and [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] made it that you could only use certain masks from certain factories.”
Lindell also noted that he had sourced some N95 masks out of his own pocket. Those coverings were sold (at cost) to, “municipalities, police departments, nursing homes, overseas ministries, the state of Minnesota, and the Arizona Navajo Nation.”
The My Pillow Guy did manage to slip a conspiracy theory into the end of the interview, saying, “I got calls into other countries but don’t know if I even want to give them now, because they don’t work.”