MyPillow CEO and influential conservative activist Mike Lindell is slamming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for hosting an attorney that has made controversial statements in the past.
Lindell is focusing on the fact that the Florida governor had Dominion Voting Systems attorney Libby Locke on a panel with him discussing media defamation issues. The panel included several people harmed by what DeSantis called “actionable lies,” including former Covington Catholic High School Student Nick Sandmann.
Sandmann won a settlement from CNN following an event at the Lincoln Memorial in which the network framed him as a racist.
One of the members of the panel was especially controversial. Libby Locke serves as an attorney for Dominion. DeSantis described her as an “extraordinare” when it comes to first amendment defamation.”
WATCH: DeSantis is currently hosting a roundtable with lawyers. One of the lawyers is named Libby Locke, she represents Dominion Voting Machines against Lindell, Giuliani, & other conservatives.
He says Libby is an “extraordinaire at first amendment, defamation law.” 🥴 pic.twitter.com/2e6ONNlj1A
— Alex Bruesewitz 🇺🇸 (@alexbruesewitz) February 7, 2023
Locke and her husband Tom Clare represented Dominion in cases against Lindell, former New York City Mayor and Trump counsel Rudy Giuliani, and Sidney Powell.
During the course of these lawsuits, Locke and her husband represented Dominion’s claims for $3.9 billion in damages following the 2020 election challenge.
The attorneys state that their work is non-partisan, though Trump supporters were quick to draw a distinction when DeSantis invited her to the forum. They argue that the effort has shown that the governor is not ready.
Lindell spoke on Steve Bannon’s podcast, arguing that the Florida governor has “totally disqualified” himself from a 2024 presidential run.
“The best thing he can do is endorse Donald Trump tomorrow morning. He should just do it today,” he said.
DeSantis has not yet commented on the pushback from Trump allies.
DeSantis’ decision will likely ripple through the coming 2024 Republican primary process. The Florida governor has not made a formal announcement regarding such a run, though many observers believe he is putting pieces in place for an announcement later this year.