CEO Who Boasted About Giving His Employees Raises Because Of Trump’s Tax Cuts Lays Off 150 Employees

How does he sleep at night?


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How long has it been since you were awake at 2:30 AM? That’s around the time, if you’re still tuned in to the channels that air infomercials as you’re drifting off, when the “MyPillow” ads begin to air, and they’re essentially unforgettable: A guy who seems a lot like he smokes crack tells you all about a miracle pillow, gesticulating so wildly that the giant cross on his chain necklace swings like a hypnotist’s pendulum.

That’s Mike Lindell, and if his grating, hyperactive television persona doesn’t tip you off, he’s a huge Donald Trump fan. That likely has something to do with the fact that Lindell himself is a huckster like the President.

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He’s run afoul of deceptive advertising laws, eventually being forced in a lawsuit to stop claiming that his product could help with everything from acid reflux to insomnia to cerebral palsy. Another lawsuit forced Lindell to stop referring to himself as a “sleep expert.” He watched his Better Business Bureau rating plummet from an A+ to an F over his refusal to stop airing one ad that promoted his pillows as “buy one, get one free,” and another that promoted the product which normally sells for around $49.99 as “half price, at two for only $99.97” — a savings of a penny.

Of course, Lindell believes that it’s his support for Trump that caused the BBB to drop his rating:

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Frankly, there’s at least another thousand words worth of material I could write on this guy, from what seems to be a fake backstory about a crack addiction to rumors that he’s running for governor of Minnesota. But the reason Lindell is in the news now is that, well…

That’s right. The guy who literally last month wrote an op-ed that claimed that due to Trump’s tax cuts he’d been able to give “across-the-board raises of 5–10 percent to every employee” is now recouping that giveaway by laying off 150 of those same employees. At a workforce of only roughly 1,600 employees, that’s close to 10 percent of his entire pool of pillow-stuffers.

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That sounds pretty familiar — someone who claims a “deal” is amazing and then quietly suffers the consequences of it. Who am I thinking of, you guys? I can’t quite remember.

Let me sleep on it.

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