WATCH: Mike Lindell Claims Platform Won’t Promote Violence Since It Won’t Support Black Lives Matter
Mike Lindell has turned his attention from pillows to social media, but when faced with hard questions, he resorts to pointing fingers. When asked about his upcoming site, he quickly turned the conversation to Black Lives Matter, dodging questions about right-wing violence.
The Capitol riot was largely planned on conservative social media, with discussions on Parler and in private groups on Facebook. When Mike Lindell appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network to discuss his new site, Frank, he discussed what would not be allowed, although the only specific thing he could name was pornography.
“We are not going to allow pornography and you know, the things you would not allow. But we are certainly going to let people talk about things. Talk about anything the administration’s doing, like the borders.”
However, when asked about extremism and the promotion of violence, Lindell appeared to get tripped up.
When asked how he intends to ensure that extremists will not be able to use his new social media platform to promote violence, Mike Lindell's response was … unconvincing. pic.twitter.com/bL1J2tBHMm
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 25, 2021
“I don’t think there’s anybody out there that’s promoting violence. I don’t believe that, no,” Lindell argued, deflecting, “If anybody promoted violence in our country, start with my governor of Minnesota back last spring when he promoted violence by saying, ‘okay, everybody wreck Minneapolis’…No one’s gonna be on there promoting violence.”
The lack of humanity in this disturbing video is sickening. We will get answers and seek justice. https://t.co/OtDlapBlAK
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) May 26, 2020
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was criticized last year for speaking in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and criticizing the use of force that resulted in the death of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, but he also called in the National Guard and denounced violence when protests turned to riots, as reported by MPR News at the time.