The Future of American Democracy Hinges on a Lawsuit

Dominion and Smartmatic defamation suits may shape the future of America, for better or worse.

Nicolas Carteron
4 min readFeb 23, 2021

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Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, has now officially joined the ranks of those sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems. Along with Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, Lindell was Dominion’s most prominent accuser, claiming the election-technology company had conspired with Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong Un to overturn the November election results.

One of the most improbable fascists to have emerged from the Trump era, Lindell’s apparent insanity has no equal but his evident zeal. He found himself involved in the highest rungs of government, close to Trump at every significant turn. Who could have thought that a pillow salesperson would ever advise the President of the United States on matters of martial law?

Now facing a $1.3B lawsuit that could bankrupt him, Lindell is doubling down on his defamatory claims, telling CNBC:

My message to Dominion is thank you for finally getting this done, because it’ll be back in the limelight now.

Lindell is welcoming the lawsuit because, in his opinion, the discovery phase will reveal to the world how Dominion cheated and handed the victory to Biden against the will of the American people. If it were the case, though, why would Dominion sue in the first place? If they had indeed cheated, they would be foolish to sue their rightful accusers, wouldn’t they?

One might think that Dominion is simply after a juicy settlement, but that’s not the case either. Dominion’s CEO John Poulos told NPR Noel King in an interview that:

KING: It sounds like you want this to go to trial. You don’t want a settlement. What you would like to see is a chance to air your grievances and a chance to tell the truth about your company.

POULOS: One hundred percent correct. A settlement does not even begin to address the damage that has been done to our reputation.

Dominion wants a lawsuit; they want discovery to occur, which means they are confident that it will not uncover wrongdoings. On the opposite side, Lindell, Powell, and Giuliani all argue that discovery will…

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Nicolas Carteron

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