Just so we’re clear, believing SCOTUS will overturn the 2020 election and reinstate Donald Trump as president is completely delusional.
My grandmother was a paranoid schizophrenic, so believe me; I recognize the signs of delusional thinking. I also recognize someone who cannot come to grips when his delusion starts falling apart at the seams.
Back in September, MyPillow’s CEO Mike Lindell went on Steve Bannon’s podcast and said he and his “legal team” were filing a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election. Lindell said once he files the lawsuit, the SCOTUS would rule nine to zero to take the case. And he vowed that his lawsuit would be heard in the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving, adding “That’s my promise to the country.”
Yeah, it didn’t happen.
In fact, in late October, Lindell was back on Bannon’s podcast moving the goalposts. He told Bannon he was filing his lawsuit on Tuesday, November 23 and would be live-streaming the whole thing on his website so the whole world could watch.
Lindell told Bannon that thirty state attorneys general were joining his lawsuit, and he repeated his claim that once it’s filed, the SCOTUS will rule nine to zero to at least review the case.
Well, Tuesday, November 23 was three days ago. And not only did the Supreme Court not rule nine to zero to review the lawsuit, but Mike Lindell didn’t even file it.
And the thirty state attorneys general whom he said had signed on to his suit? Yeah, they don’t exist.
On Wednesday, rather than filing the lawsuit with the court, Lindell posted it online.
There’s just one problem. Okay, there are a lot of problems with the lawsuit, but one is particularly glaring. The area where the names of the plaintiffs are supposed to be listed is blank. Well, not entirely blank. It still has the template wording: “State of [Insert Your State].”
When things started to fall apart, Lindell began scrambling to find someone to blame for reality plowing headlong into his fantasy. Monday night, he did a live stream aboard his plane pointing the finger at Ronna McDaniel and the Republican National Committee whom he accused of orchestrating a “last-minute pressure campaign” to stop state attorneys general from signing on to his quixotic lawsuit.
The RNC wouldn’t have to lift a finger to pressure attorneys general not to hitch their wagons to this crazy train. The “lawsuit” is garbage.
He also questioned the timing of Ronna McDaniel saying just three days earlier that Joe Biden won the election. Lindell is convinced it wasn’t a coincidence and McDaniel said this deliberately to undermine his lawsuit.
Then on Tuesday, Lindell was back on Steve Bannon’s podcast where he blamed the delay on COVID and Biden’s vaccine mandate. Some of the attorneys general Lindell was badgering had apparently told him they had better things to do like file suit against Biden’s COVID mandates.
I’m surprised they gave him any explanation at all, to be honest with you.
Though some didn’t. Lindell told Bannon that he found it surprising that some attorneys general didn’t even give him a reason for refusing to sign onto his silly lawsuit. His only conclusion, he told Bannon, was they didn’t want to save the country.
Or, and stick with me here, maybe they didn’t give him a reason because the reason is self-evident: this lawsuit is delusional.
But you know what bothers me more than Mike Lindell’s bizarre obsession? It’s that people like Steve Bannon are indulging him.
Again, my grandmother was a paranoid schizophrenic. I can tell you from experience that you don’t indulge someone in a delusional episode. You try to encourage the person to come back to reality.
When my grandmother went on a rant about someone going into her basement, stealing her Kenmore washing machine, and replacing it with a Whirlpool, I didn’t play along with her.
What I did was walk my grandmother through every step of this so-called washing machine caper to get her to see that it was wildly improbable. What drove it home for her was when I pointed out how thoughtful it was that the culprits took the time to pull her wet laundry out of the Kenmore and transfer it into the Whirlpool before they left.
Finally, my grandmother said, “I know it sounds crazy!”
“Yes, grandma,” I told her. “It does sound crazy.”
Instantly, the episode was over and my grandmother was back in reality.
Steve Bannon indulging Mike Lindell’s delusion would be like me pretending the washing machine caper happened and calling the police to report the “crime.”
What I can’t figure out for the life of me is why Bannon is playing along.
Does Steve Bannon believe that this “lawsuit” will go somewhere? Or does he secretly think the whole thing’s insane but keeps bringing Lindell on his podcast because he thinks his fans are so gullible they’ll believe it?
Either way, it’s pathetic and stupid.
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