Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael in studio to weigh in on My Pillow CEO, Mike Lindell’s recent comments in Waco who condemned ballot harvesting.
Leahy: Right now Crom, let me just say, I wanna play this clip. Mike Lindell clip who makes really great pillows and is ubiquitous out there on Fox News. Every time you turn around there’s Mike Lindell.
Carmichael: Especially on the My Pillow ads.
Leahy: Selling my pillows. And they’re good pillows. He also is really big on politics.
Leahy: And he was down at that rally in Waco.
Carmichael: Oh, he was? Okay. He was. , let’s just hear what he had to say. And then I, you and I need to react to this a little bit. Here’s Mike Lindell in Waco, Texas yesterday.
(Mike Lindell clip plays)
This voter fraud, but also recently he’s been saying let’s beat the left at their own game, at least until we get into office. So that no. Don’t even go there. I’ve talked to him about that. We are not gonna do what they’re doing. We’re not gonna ballot harvest. And you will not hear him saying that. We’ve worked for two years to get same-day voting, paper ballots, hand counted, no machines. And if you say that we wanna do what they do, ballot harvest and do this the Republicans would just make it legal to what’s illegal in a lot of states, and it’s over, we lose our country. So that narrative, you will not hear him saying that anymore.
Leahy: I have some advice for Mike Lindell. Stick to pillows, buddy.
Carmichael: Ballot harvesting is legal in some states.
Leahy: In many states and it’s legal.
Carmichael: It’s legal.
Leahy: I don’t like it. Do you like it?
Carmichael: No, I do not. But it’s legal. I think it leads to very high levels of corruption.
Carmichael: This reminds me a little bit, I’ve got a couple of friends who absolutely hate it when you can pay a college player. Name, image, and likeness. NIL. I have some friends of mine who hate that, think it’s going to destroy college athletics, and think that colleges should stand against it.
Leahy: But the Supreme Court ruled it’s legal.
Carmichael: It is legal. It is here. And so if a college believes that, that name, image, and likeness is so bad that they refuse to participate then they will end up getting very inferior athletes.
Leahy: They’ll be at the bottom of the range.
Carmichael: They will be at the bottom. Because if the rules e even if you don’t like the rules, you still have to play by the rules if winning is your goal.
Carmichael: Now that doesn’t mean you have to play outside of the rules.
Leahy: Play within the rules.
Carmichael: But you have to play within the rules. And so if Mike Lindell is saying, for example, I believe ballot harvesting is legal in Wisconsin. I believe ballot harvesting is legal in Arizona.
Leahy: And Pennsylvania. And I believe it’s in Georgia.
Carmichael: In Georgia. So if to the extent that ballot harvesting is legal in the competitive states if the Republicans choose not to do ballot harvesting, they won’t win a single one of those states yet.
Leahy: They will get their clocks cleaned. Mike Lindell, stick to pillows.
Carmichael: What’s more troubling is not what Mike Lindell said because he agreed with it. He said no. I’ve talked to him. I’ve talked to him. Meaning Trump. Trump’s the one who is now opposed to ballot harvesting. That’s what Lindell said. I’m only responding to what Lindell said.
Leahy: We’ll let Donald Trump speak for himself.
Carmichael: I’m more worried about what Lindell said as to who he was referring to of who’s against bound harvesting. Because let’s remember Michael, Trump was against ballot harvesting in 2020.
Leahy: And look what happened.
Carmichael: He absolutely opposed it.
Leahy: There is legal and illegal. The Democrats are good at both of them.
Carmichael: Yes. But now they’ve legalized it in the name of COVID. And they even legalized it without going through the legislative process. They were able to do much of it.
Leahy: I agree.
Carmichael: But that’s where we are. Mandates by the governor and then approved by the court.
Leahy: Mike Lindell, three words, my friend. Stick to pillows back after this.
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