MyPillow founder Mike Lindell met with Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill for nearly three hours to "discuss the 2020 election" and the state's election system, Merrill said Friday.
The Alabama secretary of state said Lindell wanted to meet with him to discuss "things they had discovered" about last year's contest despite Merrill boasting confidence about his state's election infrastructure.
"Today our team met with Mike Lindell of My Pillow," the Republican secretary of state posted on Twitter. "We discussed the 2020 Election. He was very impressed by our efforts & said that Alabama had the best election system & the safest procedures he had seen in America! We look forward to our next meeting! #EasyToVoteAndHardToCheat."
Merrill told the Washington Examiner on Friday the meeting with Lindell went well and that "we'd welcome him back and talk to him again."
“We just wanted to educate him about Alabama’s process on elections and answer any questions that they might have about why we do what we do," Merill added, noting he first met Lindell at a rally for former President Donald Trump in Cullman, Alabama, last month.
Today our team met with Mike Lindell of My Pillow. We discussed the 2020 Election. He was very impressed by our efforts & said that Alabama had the best election system & the safest procedures he had seen in America! We look forward to our next meeting! #EasyToVoteAndHardToCheat pic.twitter.com/qHOjQuTlyl
— John Merrill (@JohnHMerrill) September 17, 2021
Still, Merrill contended Alabama's election system is one of the best in the country and that he believes "the best thing to do is when people have questions, talk to them and answer them.”
“My job is to make sure people know what we’re doing … Making sure people know their vote is counted for the candidate of their choice," Merrill added.
Lindell, a supporter of Trump's election fraud claims who recently held an election-focused "cyber symposium" in South Dakota, was sued in a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion alleged Lindell's theories about the election maliciously spread false claims about Dominion and gave "empty assurances that he would come forward with overwhelming proof," Dominion CEO John Poulos said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
Lindell responded by filing his own lawsuits against Dominion.
Election officials on the federal, state, and local levels have insisted there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 contest. Dozens of election fraud lawsuits across the country were dismissed by the courts. The Supreme Court rejected the last of Trump's election challenges in March.
Still, this has not stopped Trump and supporters such as Lindell from arguing the election was stolen.
Lindell and Trump have championed efforts by Republican lawmakers in states including Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, to seek partisan audits that critics warn are being used to undermine confidence in election processes.
Trump defeated Biden in Alabama in the 2020 race, earning 62% of the popular vote and gaining nine electoral votes.
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Original Author: Kaelan Deese