Anne Applebaum’s piece on The Atlantic about how Mike Lindell, the MyPillow Guy, “Really Could Destroy Democracy” has prompted mockery from conservatives, including Dinesh D’Souza, who could not hold back his laughter at the absurdity of the article’s premise.
In his podcast, D’Souza highlighted the article’s core arguments and picked them apart, describing the piece as the “real” danger to democracy, unlike Lindell.
On Friday’s show I was joking about an article that appeared in the Atlantic. It’s written by a respected writer Anne Applebaum, called The MyPillow Guy Really Could Destroy Democracy. And of course I quipped, ”uh, hey, let’s help Mike Lindell destroy democracy by, you know, taking him up on his special on his towels.
“But then I thought to myself, you know, instead of just dismissing the article, I mean, lets sort of take a look. Let me see what they’re saying. How is it possible that an entrepreneur like Lindell is… “really could destroy American democracy?” Is American democracy so fragile over the past 200 years, that one guy in the Midwest can overturn it apparently all by himself?
So the article begins, and I’m going to sort of read a few lines and comment on them to get to the heart of what Anne Applebaum is saying. She starts out by saying when you think about the destruction of democracy, you think it’s going to be done by some rogue general or some jackbooted thugs, leading a group of quote, a “horde of men in white sheets.”
And she goes, well, this guy, Mike Lindell is not like that. And she actually captures an aspect of his personality. She says he “laughs good-naturedly when jokes are made at his expense.” So he’s genuinely a self-deprecating guy, “he’s a man who will talk to anyone willing to listen and many aren’t.”
So this is a guy who was open to conversation. He is quite a philanthropist. He’s a good boss. He’s a patriot. Wow.
D’Souza says that the article argues that Lindell, despite his unassuming nature, could well be doing more damage to American democracy than anyone since Jefferson Davis.
“Wow. I mean, this guy to be put into this kind of historical context, in some ways, I suppose that’s kind of an honor to give Mike Lindell this kind of importance,” D’Souza adds.
She goes on “and there are a few kind of familiar invocations of history.” She says it may seem odd that an entrepreneur could possibly have all this kind of a negative effect, but she goes, think of Olof Aschberg, the Swedish banker who helped finance the Bolshevik revolution or Henry Ford whose infamous anti-Semitic tract “The International Jew” was widely read in Nazi Germany.
So she’s putting Lindell in the category of these business figures who contributed to the rise of Bolshevism in Russia. And of course the rise of fascism in Germany. So how does Lindell fit this pattern? Let’s read on. He is helping create profound distrust in the American electoral system, ah-hah! In the American political system, ah-hah! And in the American public health system, ultimately in American democracy.
D’Souza doesn’t pull any punches with Applebaum, stating that the supposed danger he poses is to Americans’ robust trust in the health system and in the elections, and Lindell may be only person with a large enough platform to gain traction with his efforts to shine a spotlight on the problems in the system.
“Let’s think about it,” says D’Souza. “Is it that the American people, all of us have a robust trust in the health system and American democracy and in the elections. And then along comes this sales guy, Lindell, and he is the one who convinces us” of the problems with these systems.
D’Souza carries on with point after point responding to the core claims of the article, highlighting how the article’s purpose is to effectively “cancel” someone like Lindell and force his products off the shelves.
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