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Mike Lindell running for RNC chair sparks wave of jokes

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell‘s latest announcement that he is running to unseat Ronna McDaniel as the chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) has sparked a wave of jokes online.

During a Monday appearance on Steve Bannon‘s War Room podcast, Lindell said that he was “100 percent” running against McDaniel and that one of the committee’s top donors told him that “everybody wants you to be head of the RNC, some of them just don’t know it yet.”

Thus far, McDaniel has received an endorsement from the majority of the RNC’s members, 101 of 168. Lindell, a Trump ally and a 2020 election denier, has not been backed by former President Donald Trump, although he told Axios that he didn’t inform Trump of his decision to run.

Social media users were quick to poke fun at Lindell over his announcement on Monday. One Twitter user posted a photo of him holding a pillow with the caption, “Mike Lindell is perfectly suited to replace Ronna Romney McDaniel as RNC Chair. Don’t sleep on this opportunity @GOP!”

“I want to pitch Mike Lindell’s running for RNC Chair as an upcoming season of @FargoFX. I have been training to write this all of my adult life,” another wrote.

CEO of MyPillow Mike Lindell waves to supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump as they arrive for a rally at the Dayton International Airport on November 7 in Vandalia, Ohio. Lindell announced on Monday that he was running for RNC chair.
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Also over Twitter, author Tomi Ahonen mocked Lindell over his theory about “reinstatement day,” which peddled the idea that Trump would be back in the White House by the morning of August 13, 2021.

“The great thing about Mike Lindell the My Pillow Guy being the chair of the Republican party is that finally the nation gets the federal holiday we all deserve: REINSTATMENT DAY !!!” Ahonen tweeted.

“When Mike Lindell is Chairman of the RNC.. every day will be Reinstatement Day!” he wrote in another tweet.

McDaniel has signaled that she’s prepared to run for reelection, which would see her lead the committee through the 2024 presidential election. She was Trump’s pick to lead the RNC after the 2016 election and successfully won the position in 2017.

However, it’s been reported that she could be challenged by Representative Lee Zeldin, who lost the New York governor’s race to incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul earlier this month.

In a November 17 letter addressed to the RNC’s members, Zeldin wrote, “Due to the amount of requests I have received from both inside and outside the 168 about running to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee, I am very seriously considering your request and am grateful for your messages.”

On Monday, Lindell accused the RNC of collecting money but not doing “anything with election crime” and said he would call on all of the committee’s members to identify the problems in the organization if he was selected.

“It’s going to change real fast. We’re going to get our country right, really quick,” Lindell said.

In response to the announcement, the Republican Accountability Project tweeted, “The Republican Party continues its descent into absurdity.”

“OMG — Mike Lindell has just announced he’s running for RNC chair against Ronna McDaniel!!!” left-leaning political commentator Majid Padellan wrote. “Christmas is coming early! 😆😆😆”

Newsweek reached out to Lindell for comment.



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