(As originally published with bells and whistles, Thu, April 20th 2023, 2:45 PM EDT)
WASHINGTON (TND) — First, he was proven wrong.
Then, he was ordered to pay $5 million to the guy who outsmarted him.
It’s the latest loss for My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his election conspiracy theories.
President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and Lindell convened a so-called “cyber symposium” to showcase data he claimed was related to the election.
Journalists, politicians, and cybersecurity experts were all invited.
Lindell claimed in a deposition obtained by CNN,
The whole purpose” was for “the cyber guys” to say “Yes, this data is from the 2020 election, and you better look at how they intruded into our machines, our computers.
Lindell went as far as to hold a Prove Mike Wrong Challenge. The rule was anyone who could prove his data was not related to the 2020 election could win the multimillion payout.
I thought, well what if I put up a $5 million challenge out there, then it would get news, which it did,” Lindell said in the deposition. “So, then you got some attention.
Lindell was right about buying attention.
Cyber-security expert Robert Zeidman signed up, agreed to Lindell’s contractual terms, and discovered his data really didn’t make any sense.
Unfortunately for Lindell, he could not admit he was defeated by someone with decades of software development experience.
Zeidman, the arbitration panel wrote,
Proved the data Lindell LLC provided, and represented reflected information from the November 2020 election, unequivocally did not reflect November 2020 election data. Failure to pay Mr. Zeidman the $5 million prized was a breach of the contract, entitling him to recover.
Zeidman shouldn’t hold his breath for the money.
Lindell seems hellbent on repeating his mistake of not accepting defeat.
This will end up in court,” he told CNN.
He also told Steve Bannon in a podcast his company took out nearly $10 million in loans to fight defamation suits related to his false election claims.
Besides, he shouldn’t have to pay the winner of a contest that’s impossible to win.
No, because they have to show it wasn’t from 2020 and it was,” Lindell said in the deposition, chuckling.