WASHINGTON — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a fierce Trump ally, said that he was kicked out of a three-day meeting of the Republican Governors Association.
Lindell appeared on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast on Tuesday, where he asserted that he’d be confronting Republican Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Brian Kemp of Georgia “one-on-one tonight” about their roles in the 2020 presidential election.
But those interactions didn’t come to pass.
“I was invited, I have a lot of friends who are governors,” Lindell told USA TODAY on Wednesday. “I know Doug Ducey and Brian Kemp because I publicly told them how they being obstructionist in this election fraud, and I’m sure that they got wind that I was coming.”
President Joe Biden narrowly won both Arizona and Georgia. Lindell has repeatedly promoted conspiracy theories and false allegations of voter fraud in these and other states.
Lindell said he was invited and expected to attend RGA events at the JW Marriott Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. But when he arrived at the hotel and collected his credentials, he was almost immediately turned away by event staff who said he was “disinvited.”
“You invite me and then right as we’re getting on the shuttle you go, ‘Oh no, you’ve been uninvited?’ And I’m going OK I came all the way here and you uninvite me? Why’d you invite me in the first place?,” Lindell said.
Lindell claimed that the aide who removed him from the event attributed the decision to Ducey and Kemp. Ducey and Kemp’s offices did not return requests for comment.
“They were probably afraid I was going to ask them questions ‘Why are you doing these things to your state?’ like election fraud,” Lindell said, repeating false conspiracy theories about the presidential election.
The RGA did not return multiple requests for comment. While Lindell provided documents indicating he was invited to an RGA event, USA TODAY was unable to verify the authenticity of the items.
“These events are for RGA members, and Mike Lindell is not currently an RGA member,” an RGA official told Politico.
Lindell has attended past RGA meetings, including a meeting in the winter of 2020 when former President Donald Trump was pushing for Lindell to run for governor of Minnesota.
Lindell told USA TODAY that several governors and GOP operatives privately pushed for him to run for office but added he has not received such calls in recent months from governors.
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