Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, was invited up to the podium during President Donald Trump’s press briefing on the coronavirus on Monday.
During his remarks, Lindell said that his company will be producing 50,000 N-95 face masks a day by Friday. His company announced earlier in March that it would begin producing much needed medical supplies.
Additionally, Lindell said that his company had devoted 75% of its production to healthcare supplies to help medical professionals dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
But, Lindell’s comments were not without controversy, as he went on to encourage Americans to read the Bible, “God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on.”
He continued, “God had been taken out of our schools [and] lives, a nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the Word. Read our Bibles and spend time with our families.”
“We will get through this and get back to a place that is stronger and safer than ever,” he added.
CNN’s media reporter Oliver Darcy pointed out that his network broke away from the briefing once Lindell starting speaking.
His comments and appearance at the briefing drew sharp criticism on Twitter.
However, conservatives argued that he deserved to be there since his company was producing medical supplies.
Lindell’s comments made My Pillow trend on Twitter as users shared their opinions of his appearance.