Controversies

Due to Lindell’s close ties with Trump and the many contentious opinions and claims he’s made over the years, Lindell has been embroiled in several controversies in the last few years.

Promotion of Unproven COVID-19 Cure

A frequent associate of Trump during the coronavirus pandemic, Lindell promoted the use of oleandrin, a plant extract, as a cure for COVID-19 during White House meetings with the president or in public appearances, such as cable news interviews. It was later discovered that Lindell was a board member and had a financial stake in Phoenix Biotechnology, which makes oleandrin. Due to no scientific evidence supporting his claims and the plant being poisonous in low doses, Lindell was criticized for his promotion of the substance as a cure for the coronavirus.

Kyle Rittenhouse Bail

In November 2020, news surrounding Lindell’s $50,000 donation to The Fight Back Foundation Inc. that went on to fund the bail of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged in the Kenosha shootings, led to more criticizing him for helping to bail the controversial figure. Lindell later released a statement that said he was unaware of how his money was being used and didn’t know of the bail fund.

2020 Election Fraud Claims and Storming of the Capitol Comments

With close ties to Trump where he also perpetuated many of his claims during the course of his presidency, Lindell was a significant player in supporting and helping to finance the former president’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election due to alleged voter fraud. Lindell made several appearances and comments on social media, including a call for the imprisonment of some Georgia voters, Trump to impose martial law in various states, as well as generally claiming that the election was stolen from Trump.

On January 6th, 2021, Lindell sponsored various events that challenged the election results and encouraged attendance to the Save America rally where he spoke that occurred shortly before the…

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