Mike Lindell and My Pillow, cancelled
The new dark age of silencing: Because Mike Lindell, owner of My Pillow, is very vocal and active in promoting his pro-Trump and conservative beliefs, his bank has suddenly decided he must be blackballed, and is demanding he close all his accounts with it.
The bank, Minnesota Bank & Trust and Heartland Financial, explained in a phone conversation with Lindell that they were doing this out of fear.
The [controller for Lindell’s companies] asked in the call why the bank, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial, is associated with “someone who could be in the news.”
“Not that the FBI is even sniffing and looking, but what if somebody came and said, ‘Do you know what? We are going to subpoena all of his account records, and this and that. And then all of a sudden we make the news,” the [bank] executive said.
“So it’s more of a reputation risk,” he said.
I have embedded the full phone conversation at the bottom of this post. The bank officer seem so reasonable, even as he is clearly acting to squash free speech as well as destroying another man’s business. He could just as easily be talking to a Jewish businessman in Nazi Germany, explaining that though he means no harm, he can’t do business with that Jew anymore out of fear of what the government might do to him.
In that so-called reasonable conversation, the bank officer explained that it is giving Lindell less than thirty days to close the accounts so that he doesn’t get on “a bad boy list” with all banks. If Lindell voluntarily closes the accounts voluntarily other banks won’t blacklist him.
I say hogwash. If Lindell doesn’t voluntarily close his accounts the bank will then move to close the accounts on its own. In other words, they are forcing him out, and don’t really care if he gets on a “bad boy list.” And you can bet that if Lindell does voluntarily close the accounts, he is going to have a hell of time finding another bank in Minnesota willing to take him on.
And what has Lindell done to be blackballed? The only thing that he has done is use his first amendment rights of free speech. That the Democrats appear to be willing to use the power of government to persecute people like Lindell has now made these weak-kneed cowards run in fear. Rather than defend freedom, the bank will now work with the government to silence opposition.
This bank action follows an effort begun early in 2021 to blacklist Lindell on social media, along with a corporate boycott of his businesses.
To the right is a list of companies that have blackballed Lindell’s My Pillow products. All are teaming up with the Democrats to silence dissent, and to impose tyranny in the United States. And it doesn’t matter if they are doing it only out of fear of attack or because they disagree with Lindell’s politics. In either case they have made it clear that they do not support free speech and an open society. Instead they believe that everyone must shut up. The risk of punishment is too great. Fear must rule instead.
How contemptible. These businesses should experience their own boycott. Why should any lover of freedom buy their products?
Unfortunately, I’m not sure there are enough lovers of freedom left to really damage the bottom lines of these businesses. For sure, the Minnesota Bank and Trust is confident it won’t lose business, since that state is increasingly a haven for Antifa fascists.