In the latest filing in a $1.3 billion defamation suit against Lindell, Dominion Voting Systems suggested MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s voter fraud theories helped to breed lingering distrust about last year’s election. It links his claims to a contentious election audit in Arizona.
Dominion is suing Lindell and MyPillow for defamation, claiming he harmed the voting machine company’s reputation by spreading allegations of vote-rigging.
MyPillow has asked a judge to dismiss Dominion’s lawsuit, claiming that Lindell is not alone in questioning voting machines: The company cited the Arizona audit, political concerns about Dominion, and a recent poll about voter fraud.
But in a reply filed Friday, Dominion suggested Lindell helped fuel this widespread suspicion about the election, setting the stage for Republicans in Arizona to launch an “unusual audit” of Maricopa County’s ballots this year.
“Plainly, such materials [about the Arizona audit] reflect the damage that Defendants helped cause; they do not retroactively provide a factual basis for Defendants to have made inherently improbable claims in the first place,” Dominion wrote Friday.
Lindell told Forbes he rejected the notion that people distrust the election because of him and argued he wasn’t the first person to level accusations about Dominion. He pointed to rumors about the company’s voting machines from early November of last year. Still, he acknowledged that he later became one of the most well-known proponents of voter fraud theories. He also told Forbes he’s supportive of the Arizona audit but hasn’t personally donated to the effort.