- Mike Lindell tore into Gov. Ron DeSantis at CPAC, calling him a “Trojan Horse” for the left.
- He also accused the media of “covering up” for DeSantis.
- Lindell in December also baselessly questioned if DeSantis was legitimately elected in 2022.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell tore into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Tuesday.
“Now I’ll tell you what Ron DeSantis is, and he’s got money behind him, did he do anything for Disney? Remember that was the big thing, you’re gonna go after Disney,” began Lindell. “He did nothing!”
Lindell went on to accuse the media — without substantiation — of “covering up for Ron DeSantis.”
“He is a Trojan Horse, he is the Trojan Horse,” Lindell shouted. “Do not believe anything you’re reading by the media about Ron DeSantis.”
Lindell was then asked if he is backing former President Donald Trump in 2024. The pillow CEO scoffed at the question.
“Hah! Seriously? Am I backing Donald Trump in 2024?” Lindell said, laughing.
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It’s unclear why Lindell does not approve of DeSantis’ fight against Disney. DeSantis in February had a major legislative win in Florida — he abolished Walt Disney World’s special authority and stripped the company of its self-governing status starting June 2022.
“Today, the corporate kingdom finally comes to an end,” DeSantis said during a press conference on Monday, Insider’s Kimberly Leonard reported. “There’s a new sheriff in town, and accountability will be the order of the day.”
Lindell is a staunch Trump ally. In February, Lindell told late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel that he has spent $40 million pushing Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. This amounts to four-fifths of Lindell’s estimated $50 million net worth.
This isn’t the first time Lindell has targeted DeSantis. In December, he baselessly questioned whether DeSantis had legitimately won his election in 2022.
And Lindell isn’t the first of the right-wing fringe to fall into attack formation against DeSantis. In October, Roger Stone, another staunch Trump ally, cautioned DeSantis that it would be “ingratitude and treachery” to run against Trump in 2024.
DeSantis has not announced a presidential run yet.
Trump, meanwhile, has not let up on his attacks against DeSantis. He has written numerous angry Truth Social posts about DeSantis, branded him “average” and “very disloyal,” and taken credit for getting DeSantis elected governor.
Lindell and representatives for DeSantis did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment