MyPillow, Inc. CEO Mike Lindell has apparently triggered U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09).
As The Star reported this week, Lindell appeared alongside U.S. Republican President Donald Trump at a press conference and announced his company will manufacture face masks for hospitals across the country. Lindell said his company will do this to help alleviate the national shortage of N95 respirator masks in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. While there, Lindell encouraged Americans to start reading the Bible.
But Cohen, on Tuesday, took to Twitter to bash Lindell as just some guy who “makes pillows” and unless Lindell makes personal protective equipment “shouldn’t have been allowed to use the Bible and kiss #trump posterior.”
“There was absolutely no reason for this Guy to appear in a #coronaviruspress conference,” Cohen wrote.
Tweeting back at Cohen, the congressman’s supporters also took the occasion to deride and disrespect Lindell. But certain other people said Cohen acted out of line.
One Twitter user, @Absolutsam18, asked Cohen if he even listened to Trump’s press conference.
“He is converting 75% of his company to make masks. He plans on 50,000 masks a day by the end of the week,” @Absolutsam18 wrote.
“I’m pretty sure masks are in GREAT need and are part of PPE. Thank goodness you are not on the frontlines.”
@DannyTaylor64 said Lindell behaved no differently than an entertainer spouting politics at the Grammy Awards.
Another critic, @Friendspolitics, said he lived in Cohen’s district.
“Once again My @RepCohen rather keep the hate in his heart alive for Trump instead of caring for the American people,” @Friendspolitics wrote.
@stevieboy2967, meanwhile, addressed Cohen as “Col. Sanders” and told him to “sit down and shut up already.”
Finally, Twitter user @007Durham lectured Cohen with the following:
“Yes, how dare he help people by converting his pillow company into making face masks. You could act like a rep and say Thank You.”
This is not the first time Cohen has scorned people of faith.
As reported last year, people who testify before the U.S. House of Representatives no longer must say “so help me God” under oath. This delighted Cohen, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Cohen reportedly said the following about people who want “so help me God” to come back:
“I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” Cohen reportedly said.
“And God doesn’t want to be used.”
Also, as reported, Cohen’s remarks at the time troubled evangelist Franklin Graham.
“We need more of God, not less! What @RepCohen is suggesting is what Communism did in Eastern Europe & is still doing in places around the world like Cuba. Communism only allows worship inside approved churches. God is our Creator & the maker of the universe,” Graham wrote at the time.
“He is present everywhere; He is not limited to churches or temples. The root of the issue is that many politicians don’t want God in any part of their politics or our country’s business because His standards condemn their sins.”
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Mike Lindell” and Background Photo “MyPillow Factory” by Mike Lindell.