Donald Trump used Monday’s White House daily briefing on coronavirus to parade out private company executives who praised him. Among the executives was MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who used the platform to praise Trump and tell Americans that God gave us “a great president” and urged people to “read our Bibles” amid the global pandemic.
During the briefing — meant to inform Americans about COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus — Trump handed the podium to several CEO’s of private sector companies to tout their efforts to produce sanitizer, masks and other gear for workers amid the pandemic.
MyPillow CEO Lindell said his bedding company would be dedicating 75% of its manufacturing to producing cotton face masks, aiming to get up to 50,000 a day by end of this week. He then said he would read something he wrote “off the cuff.”
“God gave us grace on Nov. 8, 2016, to change the course we were on,” Lindell said, referring to the day Trump was elected. “God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God.”
“And I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the ‘Word,’ read our Bibles and spend time with our families,” he added, touting “our great president” and “all the great people in this country praying daily” as key to getting through the pandemic.
In Lindell’s “off the cuff” remarks, he complimented Trump for “just a few short months ago” having the “best economy, the lowest unemployment, wages going up” in the U.S.
Earlier this month, a record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in one week — more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 — as businesses nationwide were forced to shutter to combat the further spread of the coronavirus.
The president invited a special guest to speak during his coronavirus task force briefing today: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
— POLITICO (@politico) March 30, 2020
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