MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell said during an appearance on Newsmax on Monday that he is formally announcing his campaign to become the next chair of the Republican National Committee.
Lindell told host Eric Bolling on “The Balance” that when the party fails and does not change the way it does business, it is destined to fail again. He said the GOP’s recent record is: 2018, fail; 2020, fail; 2022, fail. That’s three Fs in a row. And when you’re CEO or head of any company, you’re out. You don’t get three chances like that.”
Lindell said of current RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, “She has done nothing but fail.” He said that he has talked to “her own people in Michigan” who have confirmed they are disgusted with her leadership and told him there are “big holes in the boat.”
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Lindell said that he has been approached about running to lead the party because of his experiences in operating his family-owned business in the face of adversity and challenges because of his political and religious beliefs. He said, “I’ve proven what I can do; I’ve got businesses, 2,000 employees.”
He argued that McDaniel erred by not making election integrity a central issue in the midterms, allowing the same states where problems have existed in recent elections to come to the fore again. “She raised a bunch of money for election integrity and never spent a dime towards it, and that’s the biggest thing I’m hearing is she lied to the American people,” he said.
Lindell has been closely associated with President Donald Trump over the years but said he will not actively seek an endorsement from him before the RNC chair election scheduled for January 23. He attended Trump’s recent announcement of his 2024 candidacy for another term in the White House at Mar-a-Lago.
Rather, he said he will deal directly with the voters in the RNC. “I’m talking to all 168 of the people that vote in this,” he said.
He also said he is working with big donors who have recently complained that they are “not getting results for their money.” Lindell said that he believes that donors need to feel confident that the party is making progress and is going to win.