The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:
More than two years after brushing aside speculation that he was eyeing a run for office, the 58-year-old mustachioed infomercial maven is becoming less coy about his political future amid renewed calls from state Republicans that he help reverse a long string of defeats in statewide races. Along the way, he’s become President Donald Trump’s highest-profile backer in Minnesota and openly inviting speculation about his own political ambition.
A former crack cocaine addict, Mike Lindell is now readying a series of rallies across the state that will blend his new faith-based Lindell Recovery Network while also promoting both the president’s re-election bid. Recruited last year as a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, Lindell has instead emerged as a possible 2022 opponent to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. He brushed off speculation of a run in 2017, but Lindell now is keeping the door wide open.
Lindell first appeared on JMG when he declared that Trump was chosen by God. Last year he laid off 150 workers days after praising Trump for “bringing back” manufacturing. Also last year, he spoke at Liberty University’s convocation.
From a 2017 USA Today report:
In November 2016 Lindell agreed to pay a penalty of $1 million after a group of California County Attorneys took legal action against the company, alleging deceptive advertising. A consumer watchdog organization said MyPillow’s website made unsubstantiated claims its products can cure snoring, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other health maladies.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has revoked the accreditation of Minnesota-based MyPillow, lowering its rating to an F based on a pattern of complaints by consumers. The BBB made the decision after reviewing MyPillow’s ongoing “buy one get one free” offer, which violates the organization’s code of advertising.
At his June 2018 rally in Fargo, North Dakota, Trump performed on onstage infomercial for MyPillow, declaring, “He does make a great product, great pillows. I actually use them, believe it or not.”