Mike Lindell finally came face-to-face with archenemy Jimmy Kimmel on April 28 — and an expert says the MyPillow CEO looked “uncomfortable” without a screen to protect him. Following weeks-long televised mockery, in which Kimmel made fun of Lindell’s new website, the television host somewhat jokingly invited him onto his talk show while on air. However, what Kimmel probably didn’t expect was for the avid Trump supporter to accept. Previously, the MyPillow CEO called out Kimmel during his live online broadcast, saying, “Jimmy, your jokes aren’t funny anymore. Because you know what? People have common sense now.” Kimmel had dubbed the website a “live 48-hour yellathon” and compared it to “the Jerry Lewis telethon, if Jerry was on a public access channel and crack,” per Deadline.
After Kimmel booked Lindell, he told viewers that no one “has ever been more excited to be a guest,” which seemed evident in his “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” appearance. Lindell apparently lapped up the attention but was fidgety when put on the spot. Nicki Swift exclusively talked with body language expert and Certified Movement Pattern Analyst Alicia Henderson, who said the MyPillow CEO used plenty of “floppy” gestures as a way to “distract the viewer from his words.” Keep on reading for everything she had to say.
Mike Lindell rocked back and forth 'like an eager child'
When Mike Lindell got permanently banned from Twitter for spreading misinformation regarding voting fraud, he launched his own social media network “FrankSpeech,” depicting, well, just him on livestream. Clearly, Lindell’s a man who craves a little attention, and experts seem to agree. Alicia Henderson analyzed his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and claimed the MyPillow CEO wants to be a “big shot” and follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump — but unfortunately looked more like an “an eager child.” “This is a man who wants desperately to be a big shot the likes of former President Trump but has a real problem owning the platform he created,” Henderson told Nicki Swift.
Comparing his posture to Trump’s, Henderson said Lindell looked less dominant and relaxed as he leaned in forward, drew his shoulders in, and clasped his hands together, rocking “forward like an eager child.” She referred to his “many, many gestures” as being “floppy” and distracting, suggesting he didn’t really know what he was talking about a lot of the time. “It is like a magician using slight of hand to keep you looking in one place while the trick is happening somewhere else.”
In one instance, he tried to show his superiority over Kimmel by pointing at him. “[It] wasn’t very forceful if he intended to put Jimmy in his place,” Henderson shared. Although such wriggles and jiggles could be initial nerves, Henderson believes there’s more to the story.
Mike Lindell covered his mouth when confronted
Although Jimmy Kimmel ticked off plenty of boxes when it came to his first televised interview with Mike Lindell (he covered the MyPillow CEO’s addiction issues, friendship with Donald Trump, and coronavirus vaccines) he left the most important point for last — his false claims of voter fraud. And clearly anticipating that discussion, Alicia Henderson said Lindell looked “uncomfortable in his own body” as “his toes were tapping to let out energy and nerves.” And when Kimmel finally grilled him on his knowledge of computers and voting machines — Henderson explained to Nicki Swift how Lindell kept covering his mouth perhaps as a way to “indicate deceit or a cover up for what he doesn’t know.”
As the MyPillow CEO continued to become agitated, he also began adopting some of Donald Trump’s mannerisms. During a discussion on the United States’ largest voting machine maker, Dominion, Henderson said he “leaned back a bit and took on a slightly Trump-like, looking-down-his-nose at Jimmy” look, which could have been a “subconscious ‘F-you’ moment.”
Henderson called the “winner” of the interview Jimmy Kimmel with his quick quips and questioning, stating Lindell’s “overuse of gestures and energy” diminished his credibility. Speaking of credibility, it’s unclear whether Lindell showed up to the studio with pillows as promised. “I’ll give your whole audience pillows if you pull this off,” he told Kimmel previously, per The Wrap.
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