The Big Sleep: CEO Mike Lindell’s Notes Reference Imposition of Martial Law

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has long been a diehard supporter of President Donald Trump. Indeed, on the day of the infamous speech preceding the riot in the Capitol, Lindell told media that he was confident that the day would bring vindication for the President. The statement left many of us scratching our heads since the certification of the victory of Joe Biden was only hours away. Now, the Washington Post has blown up the notes of Lindell leaving the Oval Office, which appear to refer to the Insurrection Act and the imposition of martial law. Media reports state that President Trump “cut short his meeting with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell within minutes, after the entrepreneur was spotted at the White House brandishing notes referencing martial law.”

I previously condemned General Michael Flynn for his suggestion of martial law and criticized the President for not promptly throwing him out of the Oval Office.

Lindell reportedly denied that the notes referenced ‘martial law,’ but the picture confirms the reference. One line said “martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any….”  The memo also refers to the use “if necessary upon the first hint of any . . .” Thus, it could have been a reference to the use of martial law with any additional violence but Lindell’s earlier reportedly denial left many wondering about the purpose of such a declaration. Moreover, I criticized an earlier tweet of Lindell referencing martial law. That was before the Capitol rioting.

Notably, it also seems to refer to various firings including White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and CIA Director Gina Haspel. It bizarrely refers to relatively low level replacements for positions by previously unknown figures.  The combination of wholesale replacement of reasonable officials and the imposition of martial law sounds quite tyrannical. 

After an assault on our Capitol during the certification of the presidential election, this is hardly the stuff to give us the “best night’s sleep ever.”

My objection remains the same as with the meeting with Gen. Flynn in the Oval Office.  The President continues to surround himself with figures who appear to harbor extreme views on the use of martial law. If a president could unilaterally declare martial law over his own election, it would not be an invitation to tyranny, it would be tyranny itself.

208 thoughts on “The Big Sleep: CEO Mike Lindell’s Notes Reference Imposition of Martial Law”

  1. My God, this movie just keeps getting better!! Can’t wait for the ending! It’s going to be GLORIOUS!

    You can’t stop what is coming…nothing can stop what is coming…the pieces are in place…the clock is ticking down…

    Tick-tock-tick-tock…

  2. Compared to the evidence adduced here to ‘prove’ that somehow Trump may have heard somebody perhaps suggest in passing that perhaps martial law might be necessary if something happened, although it’s not clear what, and that somebody else might be something, if indeed that somebody is intended to replace somebody unspecificed, and so we should all be very very afraid, the evidence for electoral fraud is overwhelming.
    This is disappointing — to treat conjecture and a fuzzy picture of a few sentences as evidence of anything is beyond ridiculous.
    The only real question at the moment is whether we are going to return to a society in which gossip, rumor, and propaganda are not treated seriously, but rejected as gossip, rumor, and propaganda.

    1. Fat chance at that as long as Twitter, Facebook , social media is the way folks are getting news coupled with news organizations masquerading as op ed PACS.

      There is a very old book, written before the internet, social media took off and changed from being a marketplace of ideas into just a bunch of people running around making noise – “Amusing Ourselves to Death” , which pretty much chronicles the state we are in.

    2. An old guy,
      I would like to be a society that is so wise and discerning that propaganda is always roundly rejected. Some is easy to see through. Some is quite insidious and difficult to spot, which is what a manipulator would want. 🙁

      A hint of it in The Century of the Self, Part 1:
      https://youtu.be/DnPmg0R1M04

  3. We’ve been in a slow burn insurrection since Peter Strzok’s insurance policy. It reached its culmination with the blatantly, brazenly stolen election. Oh wait, I hear knocking at the door, must be the FBI to arrest me for implying the election was stolen. I think if Trump had decided to invoke the IA anytime before Jan 6 there would have been screaming from the left but it would have given him a chance to ask the military to investigate the fraud since the FBI wasn’t interested in doing so. Now it’s too late. I’ve supported the President for four years but I’m done. In a way, it’s a shame the Twitter ban didn’t happen sooner. Then the President might have stopped tweeting and actually done something to prevent this country going down into the darkness of socialism. They have taken our speech, they will take our guns, they will take our property, they will take our lives. That’s how this story always goes. It’s greed masquerading as morals. Trump supporters have a lot of property and somebody wants that property. Easiest way to take it is paint us all as demons/threats/ whatever. It’s not rocket science. Those who cannot learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.

    1. Debo, here’s part of the alleged plot to “steal” the election, sinking and burning:

      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/01/statement.html

      We received a lengthy letter from Dominion’s defamation lawyers explaining why they believe that their client has been the victim of defamatory statements. Having considered the full import of the letter, we have agreed to their request that we publish the following statement:

      American Thinker and contributors Andrea Widburg, R.D. Wedge, Brian Tomlinson, and Peggy Ryan have published pieces on http://www.AmericanThinker.com that falsely accuse US Dominion Inc., Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., and Dominion Voting Systems Corporation (collectively “Dominion”) of conspiring to steal the November 2020 election from Donald Trump. These pieces rely on discredited sources who have peddled debunked theories about Dominion’s supposed ties to Venezuela, fraud on Dominion’s machines that resulted in massive vote switching or weighted votes, and other claims falsely stating that there is credible evidence that Dominion acted fraudulently.

      These statements are completely false and have no basis in fact. Industry experts and public officials alike have confirmed that Dominion conducted itself appropriately and that there is simply no evidence to support these claims.

      It was wrong for us to publish these false statements. We apologize to Dominion for all of the harm this caused them and their employees. We also apologize to our readers for abandoning 9 journalistic principles and misrepresenting Dominion’s track record and its limited role in tabulating votes for the November 2020 election. We regret this grave error.

        1. The following facts about Dominion remain true:

          — It’s machines are easily corrupted, as has been demonstrated countless times. (Look it up. Start with Texas.) Does that prove that Dominion committed fraud? No. But it is sufficient grounds for serious investigations. And it proves that if you want the keys to the castle, use Dominion.

          — Dominion’s corrupt Security Chief, Eric Coomer, destroyed the company’s claim to be “nonpartisan.”

          — The company has serious “China problems” that demand investigation. (Financial journalists — where are you?)

          For years, I taught at top-tier MBA and EMBA programs. I taught corruption cases. I wrote about fraud cases and served as an expert witness. If you had asked me to investigate Dominion, here’s what I would have advised (based just on what is currently, publicly known):

          If you know what’s good for you, stay far away. There are serious product deficiencies — and the company is evading any discussion of those product flaws. There are serious financial irregularities — and the company is evading any discussion of those irregularities. And finally, as a sure symptom of trouble — the company aggressively changes the topic whenever questions are asked about those (and many other) problems.

          Don’t trust individuals or companies who will not give a full accounting. Don’t trust people who have mastered the art of deflection. They are trying to hid something.

          And don’t let them bully you. Scam artists are infamous for being bullies.

  4. Trump has been the greatest President ever to deliver a much needed shock to the corrupt Washington establishment. We will miss him and we thank him for his selfless service to the country that he loves so much.

    1. He’s a private citizen who makes pillows for a living. So who really cares what he doodled in his notes? Slow day for the blog? Getting back to things that matter, I would like like to see about half of the thousands National Guard troops in D.C. for the inauguration reassigned to the U.S. Postal Service to clear the backlog. I am still waiting for Christmas gifts, one mailed on Dec. 11 and the other on the 15th. Delivering the mailing is an essential federal government function and the Post Office is clearly not up to the job. The number of NG and federal law enforcement assigned to DC is a ridiculous waste of government funds, so let them be reassigned to where they can do something useful and needed.

      1. Excellent point! It took over a month…five weeks….to get a small First Class package properly delivered! Two weeks for first class Chrtistmas cards! Ridiculous.
        USPS sucks worse than ever. If you want something delivered in a reasonable time, unfortunately we must use Fed Ex or UPS because the USPS is unreliable. Government sucks and it is about to get worse.

      2. The USPS was slowed due to the incompetence of an incompetent Postmaster General appointed by Trump, who also had conflicts of interest, and the fact that they’ve continued working throughout the pandemic and a fraction of the workforce is sick with Covid.

        If you’re concerned about wasted government funds, look at the $3,000/month the Secret Service had to pay to rent someplace with a bathroom with guarding Ivanka and Jared, because the Kushners wouldn’t allow them to use a bathroom in their house, despite the Secret Service being willing to take a bullet for them. That’s an actual waste of money.

          1. Yeah, I’m sure that the Port-a-potty they used for a while and that neighbors complained about was just a figment of the neighbors’ imagination.

            1. Yeah, the fake story is also that Barack Obama, who also has a mansion in Kalorama, “reportedly” was kind enough to let Ivanka’s detail use HIS bathroom. Wake up doofus – it is all fake news to smear Ivanka and Jared. Per usual. Period.

              1. You don’t even have the story right. It wasn’t the bathroom that Obama himself uses. It was a bathroom on the Obamas’ property that the Secret Service protecting the Obamas also used.

                1. Oy, I did not literally mean they used HIS bathroom. Sheesh.

                  And the story is fake news, a lie, as usual.

      1. President Trump was the greatest president we have ever had fighting FOR the people. He should pardon himself on the way out the door because they will hound him until they utterly destroy him and his family. They will never let him or his family rest. Do it! Pardon himself and pardon Assange! Do it!

        1. If he tries to pardon himself, he’s inviting charges to challenge the pardon. No one should be able to commit crimes and then pardon himself.

          1. Alleged crimes. And yes, he should pardon himself, all of his family memebers and closest allies. They are on a never-ending political witch hunt to destroy Trump and everyone around him even as he leaves office. It’s wrong what the Democrats are doing to him and his family…it’s just grotesque. But it is who the Democrats are: sick ruthless dirtbags.

            1. More than one person has already gone to prison for crimes that Trump was involved in. Michael Cohen, for example.

              He can certainly try to pardon himself, but if he can do it, so can every president from now on. Do you want Biden to pardon himself? I don’t.

              If Trump tries to pardon himself, that encourages the DOJ to indict Trump so that the pardon can be tested in court.

              Regardless, Trump is being investigated for state crimes and he’s in the midst of civil suits, and he cannot use a pardon to get out of those.

              1. Let’s see how good Trump’s lawyers are. He needs a few good ones for a change.

                Forget about Biden pardoning himself. What I want is the fake news media to stop kissing Biden’s ass and to actually do their job and ask him some serious hard hitting questions about his ‘family business’ among other topics….and keep pressing him until he answers them. The media double standard is sickening to us all at this point.

                1. As long as people say that Trump can pardon himself, I’ll point out that that implies Biden can pardon himself.

                  Neither can pardon themselves, and if Trump tries, that encourages the DOJ to indict Trump so that the pardon can be tested in court.

                  Fine by me for both the Bidens and the Trumps to be investigated for their family businesses. The investigation of the Trumps is one reason that he may face charges for tax fraud in NY. If Hunter engaged in tax fraud too, he should be charged.

        2. [ previously posted. I am not a so-called liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, communist, libertarian, etc., I have not voted for a Democrat or Republican since Nixon v. McGovern and I did’t vote for Nixon. ]

          No penalty without a law. In other words, that which is not prohibited is permitted.

          Nulla poena sine lege (Latin for “no penalty without a law”, Anglicized pronunciation: /ˈnʌlə ˈpiːnə ˈsaɪniː ˈliːdʒiː/ NUH-lə PEE-nə SY-nee LEE-jee) is a legal principle which states that one cannot be punished for doing something that is not prohibited by law. This principle is accepted and codified in modern democratic states as a basic requirement of the rule of law.
          [ A description and analysis of the principle can be found in Shahram Dana, Beyond Retroactivity to Realizing Justice: The Principle of Legality in International Criminal Law Sentencing, 99 JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY 857 (2009) ]

          It has been described as “one of the most ‘widely held value-judgement[s] in the entire history of human thought'”.
          [ Justice Scalia in Rogers v. Tennessee, citing J. Hall, General Principles of Criminal Law 59 (2d ed. 1960) ]

          Brevity is the soul of wit.
          It is spoken by one of Shakespeare’s characters, Polonius. It goes thus:
          My liege, and madam, to expostulate
          What majesty should be, what duty is,
          What day is day, night night, and time is time,
          Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time;
          Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
          And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
          I will be brief. Your noble son is mad …
          (Hamlet, Act-2, Scene-2, lines 86–92)

          Curious is it not that so-called academics and would be legal scholars would not cite, or, at least, mention one of the foundations of legal jurisprudence.

          Brevity is [may be] the soul of wit. Bloviation, perhaps, is the soul of blogging.
          dennis hanna

    1. This was posted as a response to Art Deco’s comment that he was looking forward to an academic psychologist parsing Mr. Lindell’s doodles.

  5. Parler CEO John Matze, family forced into hiding over death threats, security breaches: court filing
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/parler-ceo-john-matze-family-hiding-deaths-threats

    Of course, Parler deliberately did not moderate violent threats towards others, though they did cooperate with the FBI and turned over the phone number, email address, IP address, and email of a user who made death threats against Trump and Amy Coney Barrett.

  6. I know for a fact that I did not enjoy a good night’s sleep after learning of the conduct of Hillary Clinton, GPS Fusion, a large Law firm, Christopher Steele, the FBI,DOJ, FISA Court, Mueller, Weismann, and Democrats in Congress when they all perpetrated a corrupt criminal effort to unseat a legally elected President and by doing so used extra-legal methods to politically sabotage his Administration and continue to do so today.

    Bluntly….anyone that is more upset, concerned, outraged over some “notes” by a Pillow Maker than what took place the entire time Trump was in office….needs to reassess their thinking.

    On this issue I stand utterly opposed to the Professor….which is extremely rare.

    Questionable as those notes could be they pale into absolute insignificance to the other evil done by those I mentioned.

    Let’s focus upon that huge Elephant in the room. that no one wishes to deal with…..there was a soft Coup attempt to remove Trump from Office which is still going on as we speak.

    Deal with that….admit what happened and prosecute the wrong doers with a vengeance that is allowed under our politicized Legal System….with the same vigor Trump has been prosecuted by those trying to remove him.

    Do that…then we can worry about the trivial things.

    1. The efforts to remove Trump from office weren’t a “soft coup.” Impeachment and removal are explicitly part of the Constitution and totally legal, the opposite of a coup.

      1. Barack Obama got away with it….and so much more corruption, wrong-doing and damage that the fake news media will never mention or discuss. And now the corrupt Big Guy Joe Biden is moving into the White House and the Biden Crime Family is gearing up to cash-in and sell-out like never before in all their decades of grift and slime. It is disgusting all they got away with and will continue to get away with. They will have almost unchecked power to do whatever they hell they want. Do not just sit back and take it, America! Resist! #Not My President!

          1. Information dominance does not make things true – it just means you can get away with the lies.

  7. Thank you for posting my remarks above. I’ll try not to be snippy. Fear makes us paranoid. This clip following from Glenn Reynolds says better what I believe than I can say:

    MICHAEL BARONE: From impeaching incitement to canceling conservatism.

    But a moment’s reflection should have left any believer in free speech feeling queasy about a private firm censoring the president of the United States and preventing him from effectively communicating with citizens over a chosen medium of universal reach. And especially queasy, since a large body of opinion sees this suppression of free speech by Big Tech monopolies not as a one-time exception but as the new rule.

    Oliver Darcy of CNN wants its cable rivals to be held “responsible for the lies they peddle.” Law professors are surprisingly open to speech suppression, as Thomas Edsall reported in his New York Times blog. Yale’s Robert Post lamented that “the formation of public opinion is out of control”; California, Irvine’s Rick Hasen lamented “a market failure when it comes to reliable information voters need”; Columbia’s Tim Wu suggested “the weaponization of speech” makes the First Amendment jurisprudence “increasingly obsolete.”

    Democratic worthies have been singing the same tune. Michelle Obama took the lead in urging the permanent ban on Trump, which Twitter promptly promulgated. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang called for cable news channels to be required to air competing views. Biden press aide Bill Russo wants Facebook to censor “misleading” information.

    The law professors leave it ambiguous who would “control” information and decide what is “reliable information.” But Democrats obviously expect the decisions to be made by folks on their side of the political divide.

    The speech restrictions and speech suppression by Twitter, Facebook, Apple, and Google, including the expulsion from the cloud of Twitter competitor Parler, are all intended to benefit the Left and penalize the Right. These firms come as close as nongovernment actors could to canceling if not criminalizing at least certain strands of conservatism.

    The left always wants to criminalize its opposition.

    1. Betsy, free speech is not under assault or being taken away from you because you’re conservative or a trump supporter.

      When the president’s Twitter messages started crossing a line, which was a long time ago, Twitter finally decided it was enough. The majority of conservatives and Trump supporters don’t understand that the constitution is only about limits on government, not private entities.

      I’ve said it multiple times here and I’ve never had anyone effectively rebut it. Every single person who uses Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc. willingly gives up certain rights the second the “I Agree” button. The second anyone does it your protection from first amendment infringement is pointless. Furthermore none of those companies can violate your first amendment rights because the first amendment only prohibits the government from censoring your speech not private entities.

      What is ironic is that Twitter let Trump get away with violating its policies for nearly four years. They LET HIM exercise his freedom of speech. Until he crossed a line when he incited a mob to assault the Capitol. Trump had been comfortable knowing Twitter was letting him push the limits all the time and believed he could get away with the claims he made of the election. It turns out Twitter had finally lost its patience and shut down the president’s account. What is funny is that Twitter or any other platform is not obligated to carry the president’s message. He has White House briefings for that. Problem is doing that exposes his administration to uncomfortable questions about his claims.

      Notice how Turley has been silent about Twitter shutting down Trump. He KNOWS they can do that and Trump has no right to force them to support his messaging.

      1. Svalez beats a dead horse regarding private ownership not applying to free speech while ignoring anti-trust and RICO monopoly being the applicable legal issue.

        1. DV, RICO and anti-trust don’t apply here. Both of those don’t prevent private entities from censoring free speech if it violates their policies. People willingly give up their rights the second they hit “I agree” when joining up.

          Can you prove the first amendment applies to private entities?

  8. The overlooked conspiracy for insurrection is by Nancy Pelosi herself going to the military in order to seek a way to remove Trump as commander in chief.

  9. History reflects that Martial Law was declared during the Civil War and NEVER lifted!.. We have been living under a ‘state of emergency’ ever since… Why be concerned about ‘declaring something’ that already exists??

  10. Jonathan, don’t you check your sources? This is nothing but MORE FAKE NEWS. Watch the video very closely and although you can catch a glimpse of a few of Mike’s papers that appear within the first few seconds, none are as photographed by WAPO or repeated on CNN and other media claims.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQZToBR4-zs
    Combine that with Twitter writing on Lindell’s account that what Mike (and many other Trump devotees) post is now completely negated with the following, “this claim of election fraud is disputed and this tweet can’t be replied to, retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence”, and that Parler is now finished (another Social Media site that he and others used), you should get a clear understanding of just how far Free Speech is has deteriorated.

  11. There is no win in trying to bring logic. Law. Or common sense to the Ttump presidency charade. I’m ready for another tour of Billy Goat mountain!!

  12. Here’s my question: What happens, say, months from now, in the event an investigation reveals the election REALLY WAS purposely skewed by fraudulent mail-in ballots, political irregularities and/or voting machine algorithms? Do we get a do-over? Or are we stuck with the authoritarian woke Democrats occupying that useless building in Washington, D.C.?

    1. Won’t happen shooter,- see link – but if it does, we’ll have to have numerous members of Congress, state house, etc removed from office.

      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/01/statement.html

      We received a lengthy letter from Dominion’s defamation lawyers explaining why they believe that their client has been the victim of defamatory statements. Having considered the full import of the letter, we have agreed to their request that we publish the following statement:

      American Thinker and contributors Andrea Widburg, R.D. Wedge, Brian Tomlinson, and Peggy Ryan have published pieces on http://www.AmericanThinker.com that falsely accuse US Dominion Inc., Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., and Dominion Voting Systems Corporation (collectively “Dominion”) of conspiring to steal the November 2020 election from Donald Trump. These pieces rely on discredited sources who have peddled debunked theories about Dominion’s supposed ties to Venezuela, fraud on Dominion’s machines that resulted in massive vote switching or weighted votes, and other claims falsely stating that there is credible evidence that Dominion acted fraudulently.

      These statements are completely false and have no basis in fact. Industry experts and public officials alike have confirmed that Dominion conducted itself appropriately and that there is simply no evidence to support these claims.

      It was wrong for us to publish these false statements. We apologize to Dominion for all of the harm this caused them and their employees. We also apologize to our readers for abandoning 9 journalistic principles and misrepresenting Dominion’s track record and its limited role in tabulating votes for the November 2020 election. We regret this grave error.

    2. Relax, Shooter. Trump is going to remain as President for 4 more years.

      The party is just getting started.

  13. It is a bit hysterical nonsense to highlight someone’s personal notes (out of context and from a distance, spying), and typical of a DC circus so to do. It is as if someone stole my personal diary spewing fury and frenzy (cathartic, not real life action), and is once again the silencing of thoughts not actions. We’re in big trouble. Did anyone care to notice how reluctant Trump was for many, many months of
    Democratic sponsored rioting in our cities to impose the National Guard? Always offered, never forced. For the installation of a new President, it is now going to require hundreds of thousands of National Guard troops at the ready. Think about that, if you’d like to ponder tyranny.

    1. DC has requested National Guard for the inauguration and preceding days, and lest you’ve forgotten, Trump is still President. Odd that you consider this “tyranny.”

    2. On the day Trump was inaugurated Democrat voters ransacked Washington DC. They destroyed property, set cars on fire and created mayhem. 68 elected Democrats boycotted the inauguration because they lost.

      After Democrat voters established this conduct as the new norm, the authorities have good reason to believe Trump voters may decide to behave in a similar fashion. The show of force is intended to deter it.

    3. Betsy, “ It is a bit hysterical nonsense to highlight someone’s personal notes (out of context and from a distance, spying), and typical of a DC circus so to do. It is as if someone stole my personal diary spewing fury and frenzy (cathartic, not real life action), and is once again the silencing of thoughts not actions. We’re in big trouble. ”

      That’s a false equivalency. The notes were not stolen like your diary analogy. Second, it’s not spying if it’s open in public.

      The issue is this “my pillow guy” giving trump information that Trump’s own lawyers deemed useless conspiracy theories. This is consistent on how trump gets his ideas. He gets his “intel” from infomercial characters instead of actual intelligence agency officials. Trump’s reliance on such individuals has been what feeds his outlandish and often crazy conspiracy theories he believes are real.

      The “pillow guy” had 10 min. with Trump pitching these ideas of invoking martial law and insurrection. Trump literally took the idea seriously enough that he asked his lawyers to look into it. That’s when this “pillow guy” was not allowed to see the president again. Trump is so unstable right now that he has not actually been doing any of his duties these past two weeks. VP pence has been managing things Trump couldn’t be bothered with like the problems with the vaccine rollout. Turns out the trump administration has been lying to the states about the availability of vaccines.

  14. You don’t know what the notes refer to and the man is not an official of the administration. Haspel and Cippollone are still on the job. (If Haspel were fired, it’s a reasonable wager that the reason would be that she was sabotaging declassifications).

    You’re a sucker for every pseudo-controversy. If you want to understand the President’s actual dispositions, look at his reaction to last summer’s disorders. Revealed preference; it’s great stuff.

  15. Yes, it would be tyranny.

    Over the past four years, I have observed President Trump’s reluctance to impose martial law, even when the circumstances may have warranted such extreme application. I think back to the riots (excuse me…peaceful protests) that occurred in many of our nation’s cities in 2020. Who can explain the odd deliveries of pallets of bricks that mysteriously appeared in the center of where these “protests” were taking place? Then there were the angry denials by various members of the House that said, “Antifa is just a thought; it’s not a group.” And that’s not even getting into the suppression of stories about the election, which had their own reactions.

    1. I’m looking forward to an academic psychologist parsing Mr. Lindell’s doodles. Life seems so Rohrschachy.

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