by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 8, 2021) — A spreadsheet from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s “The Big Lie” webpage recently generated a partial recount of the results of the November 3, 2020 presidential election in the state of Idaho, with the original results affirmed and Lindell’s claims of significant discrepancies rejected.
Since January, Lindell has claimed that the presidential election was hijacked by “cyber attacks” from China based on information he was supplied by The American Report‘s Mary Fanning and Alan Jones, whose source was former government subcontractor Dennis L. Montgomery.
The data purportedly showed the IP addresses where the intrusions took place in thousands of elections across the country, according to Lindell’s “Absolute Proof” and subsequent videos.
On January 15, Lindell presented the information to then-President Trump’s inner circle at the White House.
In late June, Lindell promised to release at an upcoming “Cyber Symposium” what he said was 37 TB of information showing millions of votes were electronically switched from Donald Trump to Joe Biden by China. The conference, held from August 10-12 in South Dakota, concluded without the release of the evidence and with several self-identified cyber experts claiming to have seen no conclusive proof of remote tampering.
Afterward Lindell claimed a “poison pill” had been inserted into the data, rendering him unable to release it to the experts and the public.
According to an October 6, 2021 release from Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, Lindell’s spreadsheet initiated the partial recount. The Secretary’s press release does not specifically mention China as the source of the alleged altered votes.
“Following the manual recount of 8 of 32 Bonner County precincts, the office of the Idaho Secretary of State has wrapped up its review surrounding allegations challenging the accuracy of Idaho’s November 2020 election,” the press release begins. “The findings: As expected, the election was executed with both integrity and accuracy, with the office finding only a roughly 0.1% margin of error across 3 counties.”
“Saturday’s manual review and recount of over 7,700 ballots in Bonner County was the third such review conducted by the office over a 2 week period, a process that was started following citizen submissions of a spreadsheet and webpage published at http://thebiglie.frankspeech.com, a website that bears the copyright of Michael J. Lindell,” the press release further states.
Lindell’s “The Big Lie” subdomain is divided into a summary page and separate navigational tab containing spreadsheets for all 50 states, some of which were reportedly won by Biden and some by Trump. The state of Idaho’s page is here.
In Bonner County, the spreadsheet alleged a difference between the reported results and “the truth” of 2,244 votes. Camas and Butte Counties were also reviewed in the presence of Democratic and Republican representatives, the press release states.
Idaho’s four electoral votes were awarded to Trump when results showed him winning 554,119 votes vs. 287,021 for Biden as reported by CNN. Lindell’s alleged results disputed those from all 44 of Idaho’s counties. Overall, it alleged “the truth” as being fewer votes for Biden and more for Trump.
Chief Deputy Secretary Chad Houck, who oversaw the recounts and is seeking election next year to replace Denney, told KMVT of Lindell’s spreadsheet, “Once we had the document in hand, we immediately believed there was something amiss…At least 7 Idaho counties have no electronic steps in their vote counting processes. That was a huge red flag, and one we knew we could either prove or disprove fairly directly.”
The press release reported minor counting errors which were corrected upon recount.
“The Secretary’s office has offered to reimburse any expenses incurred at the county level” for the recent audits from federal funds appropriated in 2018, the press release states. On Thursday, Houck said on CNN’s “New Day” that the Secretary of State’s office “will be sending him [Lindell] a bill” for the recount expenses.
“We went after the numerical approach that the numbers that were being alleged to have been shifted,” [sic] Houck said. “Now, interestingly…Oklahoma just recently went after the other side of the data, all the IP addresses that were allegedly the starting points of this manipulation, but independent [inaudible] looking at these sets of data said there’s absolutely no validity to them.”
On July 6, after covering the Fanning/Jones/Montgomery narrative extensively for years, The Post & Email asked, “Did Mary Fanning and Dennis Montgomery set up Mike Lindell for a Hard Fall?”
On Twitter Friday morning, Lindell was roundly ridiculed for various claims he has made regarding the 2020 election which have not come to fruition.