A video showing MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell being duped by a prankster into thinking former President Donald Trump had called him during a livestream has been viewed 1M times.© JIM WATSON / Contributor/Getty Mike Lindell was pranked by a caller who pretended to be Donald Trump. In this photo, my Pillow CEO Michael Lindell laughs during a Ò"Keep Iowa Great" press conference in Des Moines, IA, on February 3, 2020.
The pro-Trump businessman was hosting a 48-hour "Frank-a-thon" livestream on Monday to promote his new free-speech social media platform Frank.
Frank was due to go live on Monday morning, but instead, the site was plagued with technical issues and only featured a live stream of Lindell taking calls.
While Lindell was taking calls, one woman claimed to be speaking with the former president and said she would put him on the line.
When Lindell started speaking to who he thought was Trump, he erupted with glee and said: "We have the president here, our real president everyone."
But, moments later the person on the other end of the line shouted something incoherent before yelling "b*****."
As soon as Lindell realized it was a prank, he pulled his phone away and tried to take it off speakerphone and end the call.
He then said: "You see what they're doing. They're attacking us...It even came up as though it was legitimate."
Later another prank call came in from another caller who claimed to be a Wall Street Journal reporter.
Mike Lindell was just duped into thinking Trump was calling into the program. pic.twitter.com/VUMy1etNA3— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) April 19, 2021
A video of the prank call was uploaded onto Twitter by user Zachary Petrizzo, a staff writer at Salon, and has since been viewed more than 1million times. It has also been liked 19,400 times and retweeted on 5,800 occasions.
But, in the evening, more problems plagued Lindell's launch of Frank when the livestream went down during an interview with conspiracy theorist Dinesh D'Souza.
Newsweek has since visited Frank and the website now appears to be working as intended.
Lindell set up Frank to rival YouTube and Twitter and to offer a space where he said people could be "able to talk freely."
But, in an interview with Graham Ledger on the Ledger Report podcast, Lindell admitted users would not be able to use swear words or blaspheme.
He added: "When you come over now you are going to be able to speak out and have opinions. You don't get to use the four swear words - the c-word, the n-word, the f-word, or God's name in vain."
The MyPillow CEO was banned from Twitter in January after he continued to falsely claim Trump won the 2020 election.
Lindell was recently named in a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems after he falsely claimed the company rigged the election in favor of Joe Biden.
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