Michael Lindell is one of President Trump’s biggest fans. He’s also an unapologetic Christian, who just committed $1 million to a movie that will expose the truth about Democrat Party donor and darling of the Left, Planned Parenthood.
Michael Lindell, worth an estimated $300 million, tells The Hollywood Reporter he has plowed $1 million into Unplanned, an upcoming feature that was shot in secret due to its critical take on Planned Parenthood.
His investment amounts to one-sixth the entire production budget of Unplanned, which comes from some of the same filmmakers who were behind God’s Not Dead and I Can Only Imagine, a couple of Christian films that did well at the box office, earning $61 million and $84 million, respectively.
“I don’t get into things for the money; I get into them if the message is right,” Lindell says.
Lindell has become a controversial figure among the political left, immune to calls from activist groups to yank his advertising from conservative talk-radio shows and The Ingraham Angle on Fox News after host Laura Ingraham insulted a survivor of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“First of all, let me get it straight. I was never a politician. I didn’t know a conservative from a liberal before I met Donald Trump,” he said in an interview. “I went all-in to back him and to get behind him to be our president. That’s when I actually had to learn what liberal is and what conservatism was. I had to learn all this.”
Since then, Lindell has doubled-down on his support for the president, and has done so proudly. The MyPillow founder was recently chastised on social media for refusing to pull his advertisements from Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show.
“I didn’t back down. I advertise across the board,” Lindell said, noting that he’s fine with advertising on stations that bad-mouth or mock him.
“My sales went up—it went up about 30 percent. Now when they threaten to boycott on Twitter, they go: ‘Don’t boycott MyPillow, he’ll just double down,’” he said, though he did admit that some in his inner-circle initially questioned whether supporting Trump was a smart financial move.
“Did other people tell me that I was nuts for doing it? Absolutely,” he said, but he knew after his private meeting with the president that he “was going to do it no matter what.”
But in the end, it all paid off, and the Minnesota businessman says he is now busier than ever. – Tennessee Star
“When they tell me to back down, I double down, and my sales go up,” says Lindell, who handed out 10,000 My Pillows to hurricane victims in Florida earlier this month.
Lindell, 57, is a former cocaine and alcohol addict who founded My Pillow in 2004. Today, he employs 1,600 people in Minnesota and he has sold 43 million of his open-cell, polyfoam products, one of which President Donald Trump says he sleeps on at the White House. Lindell stood near Trump last month at the signing of a bill targeting opioid addiction.
“I’ve prayed about everything I’ve done,” Lindell says. “I met Donald Trump before he was president and I didn’t know a thing about politics. I walked out of his office thinking there was no better man in this world that I would like to be my president.”