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Trump said Mike Lindell's idea to melt down Dominion voting machines and turn them into prison bars was 'very good' during a rollicking 40-minute interview about election-fraud conspiracy theories

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and Donald Trump.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell with Donald Trump in 2017. The two pushed baseless voter-fraud claims in a conversation that aired Tuesday.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • Mike Lindell interviewed former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago for close to 40 minutes.

  • Trump said the MyPillow CEO's voting-machine idea was "very good" and "interesting."

  • Both men pushed baseless voter-fraud claims during the interview.

During a prerecorded sit-down interview with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, former President Donald Trump said Lindell's idea to melt down voting machines and turn them into prison bars was "very good."

Lindell interviewed Trump for close to 40 minutes at the former president's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. During the interview, which aired on the Right Side Broadcasting Network on Tuesday night, Trump and Lindell talked at length about the 2020 presidential election and promoted various election conspiracy theories.

"I want to say, back to the election in 2020, I want to thank you, and everyone does, for standing firm on that," Lindell said. "You've given strength to millions of people."

Lindell then suggested to Trump that machines from Dominion Voting Systems could be melted down and made into "prison bars," an idea he first floated in an interview with Insider earlier this month.

"That's very interesting. That's a very good idea," Trump said.

During the interview, Lindell also said he was looking into voter rolls in the "red states," saying he wanted to look inside their machines and "right into their routers." Trump told Lindell he was looking at the vote count in Texas as well.

"Even though I won Texas by a lot, they should really look into it," Trump told Lindell. "They should really get to it. Because you're going to lose elections in those states eventually — you're going to lose Texas at some point."

Trump won Texas by 5 percentage points in 2020.

Lindell then baselessly identified California, Texas, and Florida as three states where the most votes were "stolen."

Trump won Florida, defeating Joe Biden by about 3 percentage points. Local Florida Republicans are pushing for a "forensic audit" and a recount of the 11.1 million votes cast in the state. Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, said last year, however, that Florida was a model for how states should handle ballots.

Lindell has promoted a baseless claim that Trump won Florida by far more than he did.

Lindell is facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems over his claims involving the company. Lindell attempted to have the defamation lawsuit dismissed during a hearing in June. This effort failed, and the CEO was seen dashing off the stage during an August event as news broke that US District Judge Carl J. Nichols ruled the three defamation lawsuits against Lindell and the pro-Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani could proceed in full.

More than a year later, Trump continues to cast doubt on the integrity of the election, despite there being no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Lindell announced during his interview with Trump that he would be holding a 96-hour marathon livestream over Thanksgiving to "help save our country."

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