March 31, 2020

"Now, I wrote something off the cuff, if I can read this," said the My Pillow guy. "Okay," said Trump.

Mike Lindell, the My Pillow guy, was there at the Task Force press briefing yesterday, and he delivered his prepared remarks, about how his company was helping — putting 75% of its manufacturing capacity into cotton face masks. But then he wanted to add something that — presumably — nobody had checked out. Trump said "Okay."

Lindell laughed and plunged straight into religion and politics:
God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God. And I encourage you: Use this time at home to get — home to get back in the Word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families. Our President gave us so much hope where, just a few short months ago, we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment, and wages going up. It was amazing. With our great President, Vice President, and this administration and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever.
Trump said:
That’s very nice. Thank you very much. Thank you, Mike. Appreciate it.... I did not know he was going to do that, but he’s a friend of mine, and I do appreciate it. Thank you, Mike, very much.
Trump did not know he was going to do that, but he's a friend of Trump's, so Trump must have known religion was coming. Religion is one thing, but this felt too much like campaigning — campaigning with religion. Trump said "okay" — go "off the cuff" — but he "did not know he was going to do that." Okaaaay.

The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President. Yes, there can be some room to get a little personal, to express some love, and it's fine to speak of God and prayers — a bit. Not too much. But we can't be having that Mypillowism every day.

For some reason, this subject reminded me of the trouble Trump had with the wind blowing his hair. (The head/pillow connection?) At the beginning of the event — in the Rose Garden — the wind was blowing briskly, pulling the long strands of Trump hair away from the usual stuck-together shape. He said: "And we’ve opened up — whoops, there goes our box" — the President had just done an unboxing of a new testing device — "And my hair is blowing around, and it’s mine. The one thing you can’t get away with. If it’s not yours, you got a problem, if you’re President."

Yeah, if it’s not yours, you got a problem, if you’re President. It's just awful when the President's toupee goes flying in the wind. Which President wore a toupee? I don't mean those openly wiggy wigs the first few Presidents wore. I mean the hairpiece that is supposed to deceive us. I tend to think it hasn't been done yet, but if anyone did, I'm going to guess Reagan.

186 comments:

MayBee said...

If any president *would* have worn a toupee, it would have been Kennedy.

Spiros said...

The Pillow Man is a good reason why predators and con men are drawn to careers in religion. A whole bunch of suckers...

Big Mike said...

But we can't be having that Mypillowism every day.

And, of course, we don ‘t.

MikeR said...

The problem was not religion, it's the flattering of Trump. Uncalled for and kinda obnoxious, under the circumstances. These briefings are not supposed to antagonize half the country, and Donald Trump knows that; this guy didn't.
Okay, but he's a good guy who's trying to help, and hopefully most enemies of Donald Trump will understand that and shake it off. Hopefully.

Lurker21 said...

Could we consider what Biden has on his head a "toupee" for statistical purposes?

Ken B said...

I saw the tweets. Lindell was not mocked for his remarks but simply for being “the MyPillow guy”. The fact that his product is a simple pillow and that it is telemarketer was used as synecdoche for rube, fool, deplorable. Class prejudice straight up.

Lurker21 said...

Or the wigs that Washington and other early presidents wore? Do they count as toupees?

Howard said...

I think it's very important that Trump get an hourly boost to his self-esteem. We want him running on all cylinders feeling safe and secure that we like him and believe in him our Lord and savior.

Limited blogger said...

"let he who is without sin cast the first stone"

Ken B said...

I saw mockery *before* he made his remarks.

thesixdayrace said...

"The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President. Yes, there can be some room to get a little personal, to express some love, and it's fine to speak of God and prayers — a bit. Not too much. But we can't be having that Mypillowism every day."

Who says? Why not? We can have ORANGEMANBAD 24/7 though, right? We can have "Trump did too much" - "Trump didn't do enough" - rinse/repeat - and not just "a bit."

Who's gonna set the min/max parameters on "a little personal" ? Thought we still had freedom of speech in the United States.

n.n said...

Whether theist, atheist, or agnostic, everyone has a faith, religion, ideology, and God, gods, or mortal gods.

narciso said...

Everything else is designed to demoralize (pathogen) with dems its placebo. Now progs get the same effect from mueller candles, which arent returnable.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

I'm not super informed about Mike Lindel's story but I think he was a former drug addict who was aided by finding God. An American story.

The left hate him.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

2016: It does feel like an act of God saved us from corrupt horror show Maddow-Hillary Clinton.

Darrell said...

Yeah. A press conference should end with the media photoshopping a halo around the lightbringer's head.

narciso said...

Giving an update on what companies are doing their part in this effort, as opposed to continuing the pantomine which cost us so much time, and so many lives.

rhhardin said...

Scott Adams says nobody's more American than Mike Lindell.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Of course the corrupt Maddow Deep State left sold us that Russia stole the election FROM its rightful owner.

rhhardin said...

Take the bible as a poeticization of ethics, and take an example of ethics as turning your company over to making what America needs at the moment; which the bible poeticizes.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Which VP has plugs?

mccullough said...

As long as the guys company can make the masks, who cares what he says.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Only the religion of the left is appropriate and tolerated.

Tina Trent said...

It's fine to go on and on about abortion, but not God.

Everyone knows that.

rcocean said...

THe Reporters followed Reagan to the barbershop. Good to know the lefty fake newsmen haven't changed in 50 years. Always focused on the important issues.

narciso said...

The press gaggle are like feral rats, amd should be treated as such

rcocean said...

Reagan's big secret is that he had terrible eyesight and needed thick glasses. He started wearing contact lenses in the 30's when they were new and very expensive. And he was never photographed wearing glasses, that I can tell. He even got into the Army Reserve and the Army Air Force by faking the eye chart exam by wearing his contacts.

Gusty Winds said...

"The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President."

Yeah. Whatever. But they can be grandstanding opportunities for Jim Acosta? The Pillow Guy is making 50K masks a day, and retooled operation to do so. Free Speech Ann.

Maybe college campuses should devolve into protest hot spots against conservatives. Unbelievable the lefts reaction to the My Pillow Guy.

We need more like him.

Kevin said...

The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President.

Right. It's the media's job to tell us 24/7 whether the current President is great or not.

If you take that away from them they're basically left with traffic and weather.

rcocean said...

That's the difference between the greatest generation and the boomers. The boomers faked medical conditions to get out of Vietnam. People like Reagan and JFK covered up their 4-F medical problems to get INTO to the military.

Lincolntf said...

Clinton, Obama, Carter all freely used Religious themes without any pushback from the Left. Gee, I wonder why?

narciso said...

Who gives a farthing about acosta, i know a dc district court but otherwise.

rcocean said...

If someone likes Trump and wants to praise him, you won't hear it from the Media. If Trump doesn't give them a platform, no one will.

Lincolntf said...

Clinton walking around with a Bible during the Lewinsky scandal is still one of the funniest fucking things I've ever seen in politics. Still cracks me up.

Kevin said...

Biden's press conferences are about the supposed past greatness of Joe and Barack.

No one who's bothered by Trump seems to mind.

narciso said...

The State must be celebrated at all times, as are other subsidiary deities like moloch, pan et al

Gusty Winds said...

The Press briefings can be whatever The President wants them to be. It was brilliant yesterday to let all the CEO's take the microphone, get publicity, provide specific numbers and contributions, and show a President like Trump can mobilize the private sector. One of the CEOs even took a shot at GM.

Jockey (from Kenosha, WI) was at the brief-ing. (pun intended)

That dynamic is more important that the left's obsession with the My Pillow Guy.

I really hope this time away from campus makes people realize what a waste of money it has become....

stlcdr said...

All we need now is to get school kids singing praises of Trump, and the circle will complete. Maybe via a group skype or something?

rcocean said...

BTW, I can't think of a single regular Pro-Trump opinion writer/talking head on either the WaPo or the NYT or PBS Newshour. And the same if true of NPR/CNN/MSNBC/ABC/NBC/CBS. The most they will have is some "reasonable Conservative" like Peggy Noonan on Meet the Press, who won't attack Trump every single day.

rcocean said...

Imagine if we were back before the internet? We'd have ZERO idea of what Trump was really like. We'd all be swallowing the liberal/left propaganda line, and thinking he was "Just like Hitler". The media must be very sad, that computers came along.

gspencer said...

Lindell has a compelling personal story. He also has an irritating presence on TV with all those frapping ads for his pillows.

SGT Ted said...

"The Pillow Man is a good reason why predators and con men are drawn to careers in religion. A whole bunch of suckers..."

Predators and con men are drawn to careers in leftwing politics for the same reasons.

Krumhorn said...

We can have uninterrupted TrumpHate but it’s not appropriate for someone to show him a little luv for a few seconds?

BTW, I ordered a couple of the guy’s pillows...and promptly sent them back. No bueno.

- Krumhorn

Mr. D said...

The Left may not need God, but it requires a constant supply of Emmanuel Goldsteins.

Skeptical Voter said...

Lindell was, in the eyes of the secular left, waaaaay over the top. Out there on the other side, it was a bit gushy. I understand (perhaps incorrectly) that Lindell was a meth addict at one time. If that's true, Lindell has come a long way, and it sounds as though the Bible and Christian beliefs helped make that journey. Hence the reference to God.

Lindell's comments don't bother me. I read the Los Angeles Times--or at least glance at it. Some things are just too hard to bear. Like Ivory Soaps "99.4% Pure", 99.4% of the content of the Times is filled with pure hatred of Trump. I sure wouldn't see Lindell's comments in the paper--instead I read Virginia Heffernan's statement that Trump's corona virus response is "a firehose of lies". A little balance is not a bad thing, even if I will only hear of it when our host mentions something with which she's disappointed.

AZ Bob said...

A friend who roots for Trump's political demise called to say that God sent the virus to defeat Trump's re-election. I said if God wanted Trump defeated, God would have given the Democrats a better candidate.

Nonapod said...

The guy's producing masks. If he wants to take 30 seconds to preach a bit, who cares? Why do some people seem to always be "triggered" by that sort of thing? You can just choose to ignore it. You can disagree. You can turn the channel. You can choose some other video to watch. You always have other options. There's nothing here, no compulsary activity being mandated. The pillow man is not hurting you or anyone else. If he wanted to talk about Xenu and Thetans I might think it odd, but I wouldn't fret over it.

SGT Ted said...

The Progressive douche bags who quite openly worshipped Obama as the Magical Negro Healer of the Earth and Country for 8 years just need to shut the fuck up about anyone's religion being used to praise a politician.

Bill Peschel said...

"but he's a friend of Trump's, so Trump must have known religion was coming."

Setting yourself up as a mind-reader is a sign of Loserthink, according to Scott Adams.

SGT Ted said...

"Why do some people seem to always be "triggered" by that sort of thing?"

Because they're bigots and garbage people underneath all the "social justice" camouflage.

MayBee said...

If he had been a black evangelical minister or ball player, would people be so upset about what he said?

Spiros said...

SGT Ted that is not true. Liberals and conservatives act differently about sexual predators. The liberals confront this menace head on! Part of the reason is that women have a much greater role in the Democratic Party and part of it is leadership. I think Trump tolerates sexual predation a little bit more. Remember Roy Moore, the pervert from Alabama?

Fernandinande said...

"God is spreading it in your synagogues! You are under judgment because you oppose his son, Jesus Christ. That is why you have a plague in your synagogues. Repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and the plague will stop."

+

"Paint it Black. Paint it Black. Paint it Black, you devil. Paint it Black."

gilbar said...

oh my Good Gaia!

Pro Trump, AND Pro GOD? that sure sounds Impeachable!!!
There is no more room in our society for GOD, than there is for non-democrats!

FREEDOM means the Right to be enslaved into the the democrat way!
the WAR against covid-19 means PEACE from the Terror of civil liberties
IGNORANCE of actual death rates is STRENGTH against opposition to lock downs

Bill de Blasio: NYC churches caught holding services during coronavirus may be 'permanently' closed

gilbar said...

Dr Fauci is WATCHING YOU!

Darrell said...

Remember Roy Moore, the pervert from Alabama?

Yeah. Made-up bullshit from the Left, as I recall.
How's Gloria Allred's case coming, btw?

Michael K said...

piros said...
The Pillow Man is a good reason why predators and con men are drawn to careers in religion. A whole bunch of suckers...


Says the Hillary voter.

wendybar said...

WHO the hell cares??? Mike Lindell stepped up to the plate to help Americans. What are the Media doing other than bitching about him being a Trumpster. Go to hell Media.

Bill Peschel said...

Remember Roy Moore, the pervert from Alabama?

Joe Biden just got #metooed, accused of a "penetrative" assault. Heard about it?

BUMBLE BEE said...

He MUST HAVE KNOWN... quite sloppy for a law professor. You gotta prove it.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

We cannot allow anyone to say anything nice about Trump.
We must make certain that all media communication is anti-Trump. for the common good.

gilbar said...

rcocean said...
BTW, I can't think of a single regular Pro-Trump opinion writer/talking head on either the WaPo or the NYT or PBS Newshour. And the same if true of NPR/CNN/MSNBC/ABC/NBC/CBS


and THEN he asked...
Imagine if we were back before the internet?


IF we were back before the internet, we'd still think that folks like George Will and Billy Chrystal weren't democrats

Lincolntf said...

I remember when not judging people based on their race, color, creed or Religion was a standard part of being raised in a decent family. Some people's parents failed miserably at that task, it seems.

Spiros said...

I think what the Pillow Man is doing is awesome. But he is goofy.

narciso said...

I would say earnest, what are the other kibitzers doing. Bill gates is all about population control so if buffet and the founder of cnn.

traditionalguy said...

Lindell meant every word. His sincerity is what makes his testimony dangerous...he is as bad as that Trish Regan. The reference to November 8, 2016 reminds Christians of experiencing a spiritual weight being lifted off of them that night. It was at about 2:10 AM. EST.

MikeR said...

Many comments are saying that Trump hate is non-stop, so don't complain if there's a tiny bit of Trump love. That's fine - but Mr. Trump is running a very successful campaign program right now. He is presenting to the American people in a way that the media can't control - because his briefings have higher ratings than those commenting on them. He looks Presidential - not too crazy, and surrounded by experts of all kinds, making major decisions together.
It's important to let the average American see this. Turning it into a Trump rally is unhelpful.

Darkisland said...

Blogger Spiros said...

The Pillow Man is a good reason why predators and con men are drawn to careers in religion. A whole bunch of suckers...

What's up with that? All good progfas seem to hate the pillow guy and slander his product. Other than that he supports our president, why?

The pillow is made in the US, in a fairly high wage state (MN) by Americans so is a bit pricey compared to pillows made in China. Consumer Reports thinks it's pretty good.

So what do you have against the pillow, Spiros? Did you use one and not like it?

I've not used the pillow, myself so can't speak to its comfort. Haven't heard anything bad about it, though. As a pillow.

John Henry

gilbar said...

Tucker Carlson RUDELY plays quotes from NYC officials URGING New Yorkers NOT to Socially Distance themselves

In the Immortal Words, of SE Hinton: That Was THEN, This Is NOW!

SGT Ted said...

"The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President. Yes, there can be some room to get a little personal, to express some love, and it's fine to speak of God and prayers — a bit. Not too much. But we can't be having that Mypillowism every day."

This is an argument to restrict free speech made mistakenly in the name of propriety that ignores the press that is utterly negative in it's coverage otherwise.

Would you make this same argument directed at the political press's open and constant negative coverage of Trump? Maybe you have and I missed it.

Spiros said...

The Christians love plagues! In fact, it is very likely that the Antonine Plague of the 2nd century, led to the spread of Christianity through the Roman Empire. The Christians cared for the sick, they offered an appealing explanation for the plague, etc. Heck, we might get a spiritual awakening in the country and a baby boom. So it's not all bad...

Unknown said...

Although religious, I prefer an effort to separate church and state. I am also a history buff and combining the two tends to not go well. Having said that, I am not bothered by this speech at this presser. The guy is retooling his factory to make masks and save lives. Give him a break.

I am eagerly looking forward, however, to this fall. Imagine an entire campaign season without a single speech by a politician (or a political speech from a clergyman) from a worship house podium anywhere in this country. If this incident was a violation of church and state, there heads will explode to see a candidate speak to a church congregation regardless of denomination.

Unknown said...

My apologies. My username here is RoseAnne.

Spiros said...

Darkisland, I think the man is remarkably innovative and intelligent.

Darkisland said...

Blogger Lincolntf said...

Clinton, Obama, Carter all freely used Religious themes without any pushback from the Left. Gee, I wonder why?

Carter got a LOT of pushback from the left for his religion. Why, he didn't even serve wine in the Whithouse! Can you imagine that?

But you are right about Obama and Clinton. No pushback. I think the reason was because nobody thought they were sincere about it. That is was just windowdressing for the rubes. Nothing to be taken seriously or get upset over.

John Henry

Leland said...

I didn't watch, because I didn't care about the trivial stuff. I don't go to the government for hope. I understand some do, and it is funny when those that do then complain that the government didn't give them the hope they wanted.

As for Mr.Pillow; I don't buy his product and likely won't. Still, I appreciate a person that sees a problem and decides to be part of the solution. I don't mind him sharing his motivations, as it may motivate others.

narciso said...

The pastor who was arrested (i guess he made bail) how is that worse than the crowding at walmart and lowes, christianity was underground then and persecuted by the romand who had their collection of deities, is that you want

Ron Winkleheimer said...

The reaction to Lindell is both class based and the natural reaction of TDS suffers who react to anything pro-Trump like a vampire reacts to Holy Water being thrown in its face. But, I found the reaction to a tweet defending him by stating that he was contributing to fighting the pandemic by making masks for health care workers interesting. The deflection was that that was inconsequential because he was going to make a profit on them and he had been exploiting workers for years. I think the underlying assumptions in that tweet are shared by many TDS sufferers. Profit is bad and employers are exploiting their workers. That would seem to the current ideology of the Democrat party, Karl Marx all the way.

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

Reagan's hair was due to excellent genetics, in both thickness and in color. He always had a somewhat low hairline, almost, but not quite, too low to be handsome. The pic of the younger Reagan in the link shows him with swooping Hollywood hair, appearing to somewhat heighten his forehead, and giving him something like a widow's peak. In the other pic it looks like his hairline is TOO low, especially for his age, although not nearly to the Judge Napolitano/werewolf level.

I believe his hair was natural. Both my grandfathers, my uncle, and my father were very old when they died, and each had a lifetime full head of hair. My father's hairline was "better", or lower, than mine, similar to Reagan's. I have a a high hairline, a fivehead, if you will, but full up top, with no bald patch. My brothers actually got it slightly worse, despite both our grandfathers, but they're still not quite bald. There must be a baldness gene lurking from my mother's side, and she had no brothers.

Did Reagan dye his hair? I think he lucked out genetically in hair color, retaining his dark hair well past the point when others go completely white, but he may have had it touched up a bit, especially later on. Some people are lucky that way.

Darrell said...

De Blasio threatened to close churches for good if they didn't obey his orders. Heil, dude.

bagoh20 said...

I would have no problem if this was done with Obama under the same circumstances, despite the facts that I can't stand Obama, I'm not religious, and would prefer religion stay out of politics. It's simply an American doing good work, making sacrifices for others, trying to help, and expressing honest feelings and a positive, optimistic message. I don't think my acceptance of that makes me especially tolerant, but having a real problem with it does show a lot of intolerance.

Bill Owens said...

Mike Lindell is a successful American doing his Christian duty. Can't have that.

Crazy Jane said...

Yeah, the Bible witnessing was naive and inappropriate.

But what do we call the unceasing drumbeat of keep-hate-alive?

We have the largest, best-fed government workforce in human history, and it's proving its incompetence and demonstrating its disdain for lowly citizens every single day. It would have been just as ineffective if the other candidate had won in 2016.

How about we talk about that for a change?

bagoh20 said...

If you see a man riding a horse, he probably doesn't wear a toupee. Photos do not count.

Darkisland said...

Blogger Spiros said...

Darkisland, I think the man is remarkably innovative and intelligent.

Apologies, Spiros. I apparently misread what you were trying to say.

OTOH, I do stand by my note in general. There are a lot of people (not here) who badmouth his pillow without knowing anything more about it than that the guy likes Trump.

And when I said I'd not heard anything bad about it, I'd not read Krumhorn's note. But, different strokes for different folks. My wife has some sort of memory foam pillow that she loves and I could not sleep on if I'd been awake for 5 days straight. I buy my pillows, 3 for $10 at Walmart XXX firm and throw them away after a few months when they lose their firmness.

John Henry

Wince said...

Mike Lindell was just fluffing Trump's pillow.

bagoh20 said...

If he said he smelled sulfur up there, he'd be a hero to the left.

SGT Ted said...

"SGT Ted that is not true. Liberals and conservatives act differently about sexual predators. The liberals confront this menace head on! "

Such revisionist bullshit. Progressives and liberals have openly tolerated sexual predation from their elite far more and for far longer. The Democrats used sexual escapades to get Republicans to resign while tolerating, downplaying and hiding the same behavior from their own members for decades.

#Metoo is an aberration and has since morphed into the typical "protect the elite that are useful to the Cause" double standard that they've always operated under. Which is why Joe Biden's accuser is being ignored by the official #Metoo organization. Progressives only toss the perverts that are no longer useful to their causes into the volcano.

Wince said...

"Fact check" that WaPo.

bagoh20 said...

I suspect it is exactly Linden's religious beliefs that tell him to make the sacrifice he is by switching over production, and I bet he came to that decision pretty fast and easy.

Darkisland said...

Blogger bagoh20 said...

If you see a man riding a horse, he probably doesn't wear a toupee. Photos do not count.

What about John Wayne?

John Henry

Spiros said...

Crazy Jane is right. In my community, the average building inspector, fire fighter, police officer, teacher, etc., is making about $ 100,000.00 per year. They retire early (in their fifties) with lucrative pensions. Their health insurance is remarkable.

So a guy with a family diner and forty employees makes less money per year than a building inspector working 30 hours per week, 46 weeks per year. A family with dozens of apartment buildings is earning about what our local mayor makes. This is amazingly unfair. Local government is a disgrace. And now they're acting like incompetent, out of control tyrants. And their virtue signalling doesn't help.

chuck said...

It's a big world. But the criticisms I saw out there were that Lindell made pillows, what kind of low brow moron makes pillows? So there you have it, the Left hates pillows.

SGT Ted said...

"What's up with that? All good progfas seem to hate the pillow guy and slander his product. Other than that he supports our president, why?"

For the same reason they hate other such people: He is a Christian who is open about his religion being integral to his success in life.

Anonymous said...

Anyone disturbed by Trump's hair comment is shallow and unserious. Full stop.

I'm mildly sympathetic to the concerns about Lindell's claims that God sent us Trump. I'd be a lot more concerned about it if I hadn't been inured to that sort of thing by eight years of adulation prior to Trump. Leading children in songs of praise; Newsweek's cover literally calling him "The Second Coming"; calling him "the Lightworker"; and on and on. If you weren't horrified by that virtually non-stop hero worship, don't talk to me about Lindell.

Bobb said...

The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President.

Isn't that what all the press conferences of Obama devolved into, lead by the press.

RMc said...

The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President.

Not with a Republican in office, anyway.

Big Mike said...

Religion is one thing, but this felt too much like campaigning — campaigning with religion.

And I care about how it felt to you because why? Classic liberal hates Christians. Is that supposed to be news?

Mr. Forward said...

John Wayne took that scalp fair and square.

stevew said...

If the two minute Lindell speech were a daily occurrence delivered by a new speaker I would be bothered by the pumping of Trump's tires. This was perhaps a bit less than spontaneous or extemporaneous, but doubtless sincerely felt and expressed. Not an issue for me. I'm with bagoh20 and his perspective in this regard. Also don't have a problem with the religious expression, again because I believe he is sincere.

As for the hair part, just seems to me like Trump being Trump; part self-deprecation and part tongue in cheek boasting. Eisenhower was bald, all the presidents since have had full heads of hair.

nob490 said...

As Big Mike said, we don't have MyPillowism every day.

But why wait until it is "every day?" Why not start being concerned about it now? Because tolerating a guy's "other" beliefs is only good when his other beliefs aren't so other, right?

Sometimes I get really discouraged what I read here.

Mary Beth (the commenter) said...

Tweets were mocking him for who he is, not what he said. They were in such a rush to get the first snarks in, they had to tweet out something before he even had a chance to speak.

It's bad enough when regular people do this, but when news media people are more interested in their "first with the worst" tweets, it's pathetic. Saying something that gets retweeted is more important to them than covering the event.

Michael K said...


Blogger RMc said...
The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President.

Not with a Republican in office, anyway.


Yup. Sounded like a faculty lounge type comment.

Tom said...

Biden has hair plugs

narciso said...

they are not our countrymen, their goal isn't the improvement of the country, hasn't that been made clear, now Never Trumper Hogan has issued a capricious lockdown, which will do little good,

iowan2 said...

God is the one verboten subject? Not sure how that designation happened.

Since Lindell is rich, he is an authority. Authority can't be question. (I learned that ie, Bill Gates)

Or is one of those slippery slopes arguments that can only be used by leftists.

narciso said...

Acosta, Alcindor stein, any other journolister,

bagoh20 said...

Full disclosure. I do have a MY Pillow. It's great and I don't sleep on anything else now. For years I had regular neck pain, that I just assumed, and my doctor told me, was just something I have to get used to. It's been gone since I started using this pillow. Maybe just a coincidence. His pillow is one of those great ideas that is so simple that you can't believe nobody did it before. It's just chopped up foam in a sleeve, but it does everything they claim, and could there be an easier product to manufacture?

bagoh20 said...

"What about John Wayne?"

John Wayne wore a toupee from about 1948 on. But he never denied it, and in fact made a joke about it when a reported once asked him about his "phony" toupee. "It's not phony," he responded. "It's real hair."

John Wayne doesn't count, becuase he's John Wayne. The horses were afraid to knock it off.

tim d said...

what an inane riff. i guess better than nothing is not such a high standard. oh right, it's 'interestingness.' how provincial. oh wait--it's 'am i being helpful.' so many rules to keep track of

bagoh20 said...

CBS to Obama

"KROFT: You definitely have some impressive accomplishments.

OBAMA: Thank you, Steve.

KROFT: No, you do. And more than a lot of presidents who manage to get reelected. My question is, is it enough? Why do you think you deserve to be reelected?"


Hey Pillow Guy, This is how you talk to your god.

narciso said...

has there been anyone else arrested for breach of the peace, or assembly, than just this pastor from south Africa, why or why not,

Greg said...

I use a Mypillow. Most comfortable pillow I've had. I also like the fact that if I sweat or otherwise get any bodily fluids on it, I can throw it in the washing machine and it comes out good as new.

bagoh20 said...

"An 86-year-old woman died Saturday after being hit in the head and knocked the floor of a New York City hospital by another patient for violating coronavirus social distancing, police sources told the New York Daily News."

"Her 32-year-old alleged attacker has 17 arrests on her record"

https://www.theblaze.com/news/police-sources-woman-86-dies-after-being-hit-in-head-knocked-to-hospital-floor-for-violating-coronavirus-social-distancing

Achilles said...

The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President. Yes, there can be some room to get a little personal, to express some love, and it's fine to speak of God and prayers — a bit. Not too much. But we can't be having that Mypillowism every day.

We watched the media between 2008 and 2016.

This person voted for Barrack Obama and voted for Hillary Clinton and then said this.

There is no self awareness anymore.

Achilles said...

Spiros said...

SGT Ted that is not true. Liberals and conservatives act differently about sexual predators. The liberals confront this menace head on! Part of the reason is that women have a much greater role in the Democratic Party and part of it is leadership. I think Trump tolerates sexual predation a little bit more. Remember Roy Moore, the pervert from Alabama?

Is this serious or a joke?

Are you seriously saying there are more republican sexual predators than democrat sexual predators or are you making a joke?

William said...

It was awkward and over the top, but that just underlined his sincerity. The fair thing to do would be to let him have his moment...My level of cynicism is such that I wonder if Lindell didn't do it in the hope that he would be lavishly dumped on and that the rebound effect would help him sell pillows.....Well, for all that, he makes a good product and now he's making a lot of face masks. He's doing the right thing.

narciso said...

he's very earnest and enthusiastic, unpersonnning is the only proper expression, but only by authorized parties,

Roy Jacobsen said...

Spiros said...
SGT Ted that is not true. Liberals and conservatives act differently about sexual predators. The liberals confront this menace head on! Part of the reason is that women have a much greater role in the Democratic Party and part of it is leadership.

LOL. Good one! Kind of like Nina "Kneepads" Burleigh wanted to confront Billy Jeff Clinton's sexual predation "head on?"

Wait a sec... Were you serious?

bagoh20 said...

Doesn't Google have enough money to pay us all to stay home for a month? I promise to Google everything the whole time. I'll even read the ads. Hell, they can even stand next to the President and praise multiculturalist intersectionality.

SGT Ted said...

"Is this serious or a joke?

Are you seriously saying there are more republican sexual predators than democrat sexual predators or are you making a joke?"

It's the idea that progressives don't tolerate it that's the joke. They tolerate it fine when it serves them to. Polanski, Ted Kennedy, Clinton etc.

tcrosse said...

In one of the MyPillow commercials, where Lindell talks to the couple through the medicine chest, after the guy sleeps on MyPillow he comes around with the same blue shirt and cross around his neck as Lindell. That's some heavy conversion work for a night's sleep on a pillow.
He's keeping his people working through hard times, so good on him.

Anthony said...

Greg said...
I use a Mypillow. Most comfortable pillow I've had. I also like the fact that if I sweat or otherwise get any bodily fluids on it, I can throw it in the washing machine and it comes out good as new.


Technically, it's "waRshing machine". =)

Narr said...

One of my old lefty friends called yesterday, before the presser.

He's the kind of liberal that knew Obama was just pretending to be religious because presidents have to, and it comforted my friend to think that . . .

I think there's an interesting cleavage in American politics--

Ambitious politicians MUST adhere to a name brand faith. On the Left, certain faiths are more equal than others, and some lefties take comfort, like my friend, in the thought that their favorites just pretend to believe all that; while actually religious lefties strenuously insist that of course the proclaimed faith of their favorites is genuine, and the purest expression of love and Godliness to be found . . .

On the Right, it's true also that some faiths are more equal than others, but I see the tendency there towards big-tent but quite explicit Judeo-Christianism, with tolerance (for
now) of individual disbelief as long as it speaks softly.

Narr
But the tolerance of the fearful is an iffy thing

Michael K said...

Spiros IS a joke.

zipity said...


Oh please. If this was President Obama, the media would have been lining up wearing knee-pads waiting for their turn to "praise" the Obamessiah.

bagoh20 said...

So far today, NY has 209 of the 290 new deaths in the country. Build the wall!

bagoh20 said...

I can't wait until we get rid of our cars and only use public transportation.

LordSomber said...

"All hair problems are First World Problems."

-- Johnny Gutts

Phidippus said...

Shorter Althouse: "Religion?! Eeeeeeuuw!!"

SGT Ted @9:57 AM: Oh yes indeed.

Ralph L said...

Late in his presidency, Reagan had part of the side of his head shaved for some reason. Nancy tried to hide the gray stubble, but Ronnie didn't care.

Narr said...

I've inspected the MyPillow, and may have had one years ago, but it won't work for me.

I run hot, and it's not a matter of sliming up a pillow, but does the pillow have a cooling effect or not? I've found one full of beads(?) of some kind that I can freeze, and it stays cool for enough hours that I can get some sleep. I keep a drugstore gelpack nearby as an auxiliary head-cooler--if I don't use it, it's still cool in the morning. If I do use it, it becomes a hotpack in about two hours.

Narr
A mattress-topper salesman once told my wife she sleeps with a six-foot green slime, and I can't deny it

Ralph L said...

Reagan's family had copious hair.

Iman said...

I applaud Lindell, as I do any business people addressing the dire need for PPEs.

What we need less of are the jackass media asking gotcha questions.

pacwest said...

Liberals and conservatives act differently about sexual predators.

They sure do. Take Roman Polanski for instance. Helluva guy. Weinstien was only an inconvenience. And that guy who didn't kill himself? Speaking of Clinton...
stalwarts like Dodd and Teddy.. All women should be believed (except Biden accusers).

Some guy who won the battle against alcoholism, founded a successful American made business professing support for the POTUS, turning his efforts to helping out during crisis? That's simply too much. And he's a Christian to boot. How dare he. The horror.

Ralph L said...

Narr, get all cotton sheets if you haven't already and use two pillowcases, since pillow covers are usually part synthetic. I use flannel ones all year. Poly blend makes me hot and damp.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Leftists and libs both hate the function of religion in addiction recovery. Hate 12 step programs for the same thing. Deep self awareness about behaviors with religious fundamentals are the only thing that works in addiction. Far exceeds their "talkin it out with a "Professional"" approach in terms of recovery. Besides, denying judeo-christion religion lets them feel smarter than "everybody" throughout history.

Iman said...

Lindell is a recovering crackhead. He was on Levin's TV show a number of months back, and described his hellish life and recovery, it was very moving. He is an American success story.

Lurker21 said...

#MediaBeingMedia

The idea circulates that coronavirus will make America less frivolous and more responsible. It's not going to happen.

Reagan's hair was real, but c'mon, he must have dyed it.

thesixdayrace said...

Just wait until some intrepid reporter discovers that Vice President Pence alludes to 2 Chronicles 7:14 almost every time he concludes his remarks...."and heal our land."

Lurker21 said...

Best political toupee: Jim Traficant.

Google it and share the wonder.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

"Of course the corrupt Maddow Deep State left sold us that Russia stole the election FROM its rightful owner."

And that's the context that Althouse ignores. Whenever I hear a criticism of Trump and his actions I immediately examine "compared to who?" or "compared to what?" and 95% of the time find that the criticism is handless, if not baseless. Live in the real world.

n.n said...

there are more republican sexual predators than democrat sexual predators

The former not on principle, but as the exception. The latter has been normalized through psychiatric labels, semantic games, a divergent ideology, and the PC, selective, opportunistic religion.

GingerBeer said...

During the 1980 campaign, a female reporter asked Reagan if he dyed his hair. He invited her up to the podium to run her hand through his hair. It was her conclusion that he didn't, how I don't know. But if Ronnie had been wearing a toupee, I have no doubt she'd have noticed immediately.

n.n said...

Leftists and libs both hate the function of religion in addiction recovery.

Different principles, traditions, and philosophers (e.g. mortal gods and goddesses) with religions couched in quasi-scientific, sociopolitical terms.

hombre said...

Spiros said...
“The Pillow Man is a good reason why predators and con men are drawn to careers in religion. A whole bunch of suckers...”

It must be a comfort to the godless to believe they are immune from career con men, which is why there are so many career con men, a few of whom find their way into churches.

Jamie said...

Hombre, exactly my thought - religious people are overwhelmingly (uniformly?) "suckers" but non-religious people are immune to cons? Show me the money on that one.

I Callahan said...

The Pillow Man is a good reason why predators and con men are drawn to careers in religion. A whole bunch of suckers...

Do you have any idea about Lindell's biography? What he went through prior to starting this company? Maybe if you weren't such a flippant ass, you'd have thought before posting such inane drivel.

Drago said...

Iman: "Lindell is a recovering crackhead. He was on Levin's TV show a number of months back, and described his hellish life and recovery, it was very moving. He is an American success story."

Thats what the left cannot abide.

"You didn't build that!"

hombre said...

The My Pillow works well for me and I have tried dozens of pillows. Regardless, it is not just another pillow. It is innovative.

narciso said...

they just worship different idols, oprah, chopra, et al, roy moore was targeted because he was an outspoken Christian, they found an amiable tool in doug jones the fellow who let eric Rudolph get away for five years

Jerry said...

Ah, for pity's sake.

The country's in trouble, but people gotta friggin' play political games, aghast - AGHAST, I say! - that someone actually stood at the podium and said Trump's doing a good job.

While the media plays stupid gotcha games, working HARD to make sure that NOTHING Trump says is spun in a positive fashion.

Zipity had it right - "If this was President Obama, the media would have been lining up wearing knee-pads waiting for their turn to "praise" the Obamessiah." But Trump? Hell - it's 180 off, and people are noticing it.

He's not 'smooth', he's not 'cultured' - he gets things done while the credibility of the media's dropping - and the only folks they have to blame for THAT are themselves.

Gusty Winds said...

I just ordered the two for one My Pillow deal, and got the My Pillow Doggie pillow for my wing-man.

Gahrie said...

Hombre, exactly my thought - religious people are overwhelmingly (uniformly?) "suckers" but non-religious people are immune to cons? Show me the money on that one.

As a deist, I really have no skin in this game. I don't believe in religion, but I respect those who do. But I do believe in a creator. I also believe that organized religion (or some form of authoritarian external motivator) is necessary for large numbers of humans to live close together.

However I have never understood the contempt that atheists feel for religious people. (at least Christians) Frankly there is far more evidence for the existence of a creator (who some call God) than evidence that there is no creator. It should also be noted that most of the early great scientists were religious people, they were the ones who had the resources to devote to science.

Science and religion are both attempts to explain our existence, neither is infallible.

I generally find religious people to be much better friends and neighbors than atheists. While I have met some religious assholes, I have met far more atheists who are.

D.D. Driver said...

This stuff usually rubs me the wrong way. And the last thing I want is to put religion back in public schools. I am not entirely comfortable with the schools systems teaching my children their version of history. What kind of lunatic wants this system teaching children their version of faith and religion?

BUT the My Pillow Guy seems like such a decent, earnest man. He gets a pass from me.

We need more My Pillow Guys. If the "dark side" of having more My Pillow Guys is that we are exposed to passionate pleas for faith and some well-intentioned but bad ideas, so be it.

Gahrie said...

Liberals and conservatives act differently about sexual predators.

Google Gerry Studds and Bill Clinton and get back to me.

Gahrie said...

I am not entirely comfortable with the schools systems teaching my children their version of history.

Neither am I, and I teach History in a public high school.

Narr said...

Thanks, Ralph, but we use cotton almost exclusively, and I have three (3) covers on the frozen pillow, all of which are washed weekly.

Narr
Along with the CPAP

FullMoon said...

My Pillow guy needs a press pass. Call on Acosta first, MyPillow after. Balance..

FullMoon said...

"...but he's a friend of Trump's, so Trump must have known religion was coming."



"Anonymous sources familiar with Trumps way of thinking have revealed.."

DEEBEE said...

Trump did not know he was going to do that, but he's a friend of Trump's, so Trump must have known religion was coming

Ann that is effing moronic. Perhaps you have been doing an online course in remote mental analysis.

Lincolntf said...

Tag this one "Telepathic-Bullshit".

Narr said...

I had schoolteachers in the family, and some thought of doing that myself; I went to public schools, as did my son (graduated 2004).

Gahrie has my respect.

Narr
His is a sisyphean task

Lincolntf said...


Narr
"His is a sisyphean task"

That phrase changed my life. On a date with a college professor, I was just a bookstore manager, I brought her to a minor league hockey game in town, and on our way back to the car on ice-covered sidewalks, I said "this is a Sisyphean task" as we slid backward, holding each other up. My wife of 19 years told me once, early on, that that was the moment she knew.

pdn said...

Full Moon, That is hilarious. I always wondered how journalists came up with "Anonymous sources familiar with -----" quotes.

Greg the class traitor said...

"The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President"

Let me know when the press stop trying to turn them into testimonials as to how horrible Trump is.

Until one side stops pushing, it's entirely correct for the other side to push back

Known Unknown said...

"The Pillow Man is a good reason why predators and con men are drawn to careers in religion. A whole bunch of suckers..."

At least he's never forced you to buy his pillows with a mandate ...

ConradBibby said...

Criticisms of people like Lindell strike me as religious-phobic. There's no question it's an irrational fear, as the explanation for why religious people pose a threat always seem to involve examples from the Middle Ages (Crusades) or dystopian fiction (Handmaid's Tale). If you look at it at all rationally, it's clear that the sentiments expressed by Lindell or people like him are not only harmless, but loving and worthwhile.

Bilwick said...

I don't know why, but even before this I got the impression that "liberals," "progressives" and other State fellators disliked Lindell. It didn't seem to have anything to do with his product. I guess it's the Hive Mind in action. I don't know if his pillow is any good, but even if it's junk I'll tell you one thing that is worse, because it results in the impoverishment, enslavement and even death of millions: statism. And yet they dislike MyPillow while liking Statism. Weird.

wholelottasplainin' said...

Wanna see an awful toupee?

Look at the brushed aluminum salad bowl on Sam Donaldson's head:

https://tinyurl.com/sslw9y7

tcrosse said...

FWIW the MyPillow website is all jammed up.

John Cunningham said...

Human garbage commies like Spiros hate Christians because God is the enemy of their ruler, Satan.

RBE said...

I have three pillows from My Pillow. Made in the USA. I love the pillows. I punch the pillow to the form I want and it stays put and cradles my head just how I want. If I start putting my arm under my head without thinking, I realize that I need to re-punch to shape and then back to sleep. Really does work for me. He seems like a nice guy and has an interesting life story.

Hoss said...

People sure get in a twist over the littlest things. The guy spent 2 minutes talking of his beliefs and thanking Trump. So what? With so much going on this is what some are worried about? I know, orange man bad and Christians are scary. How about focusing on the fact that his company is going to produce 50000 masks a day? We all can celebrate that. Right?

eddie willers said...

I bought two of his pillows and a set of his sheets.

I did it to support him and his company....and I don't have a spiritual bone in my body

tcrosse said...

I'm just guessing his little speech sold a lot of pillows.

Robert Cook said...

"The press briefings should not devolve into testimonials to the greatness of the President."

When the president is a toxic narcissist, that's all we can expect them to become.

tcrosse said...

When the president is a toxic narcissist, that's all we can expect them to become.

Cook and I would probably agree that it would be hard to name a President who was not a toxic narcissist. Or even a non-toxic narcissist. It is not a job where the modest flourish.

Drago said...

Cook: "When the president is a toxic narcissist, that's all we can expect them to become."'

Strange.

"that's all we can expect them to become"....and yet, they haven't.

Yet, "that's all we can expect them to become".

But they haven't.

Conclusion: Stalinists are unable to properly internalize reality. See: Walter Duranty.

Michael K said...

Cook still misses Comrade Stalin. Now there was a modest fellow.

Banjo said...

I sometimes get an inkling that Ann feels the heavy gravitational pull of the academy.

Howard said...

The Coronavirus Bite My Pillow threads

Francisco D said...

Howard said: The Coronavirus Bite My Pillow threads

That was kinda funny Howard.

Like most wannabe comedians, you miss more than you hit, but keep trying.

And keep with the fiber. It makes you less bitter and grouchy.

Big Mike said...

I told you that New Yorkers would not be grateful to Trump for what he’s doing to try to save their lives.

Gospace said...

Spiros said...
SGT Ted that is not true. Liberals and conservatives act differently about sexual predators. The liberals confront this menace head on! Part of the reason is that women have a much greater role in the Democratic Party and part of it is leadership. I think Trump tolerates sexual predation a little bit more. Remember Roy Moore, the pervert from Alabama?


You forgot the sarcasm tag. People are thinking you really believe this. When you say something so outrageously false with a straight face, you really need to include the sarcasm tag.

Cato said...

Washington did not.
Jefferson did not.
Reagan did not.

Any other questions?