'My Pillow' Trends After MyPillow Founder Urges Americans to Focus on Religion During White House Coronavirus Briefing

After MyPillow founder Mike Lindell appeared Monday during a White House coronavirus task force briefing to announce his company's intention to produce face masks to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the term "My Pillow" became the number one trending topic on Twitter.

Lindell told reporters he had diverted 75 percent of his company's manufacturing capabilities to producing cotton face masks with a goal of creating 50,000 masks per day by Friday.

After speaking about what his company was doing to help in the fight against coronavirus, Lindell made some comments which he called "off the cuff."

"God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on," Lindell said, referencing the date President Donald Trump was elected. "God had been taken out of 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."

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"With our great president, vice president and this administration and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that's stronger and safer than ever," Lindell continued.

Lindell's appearance alongside Trump rankled some social media users as being akin to an infomercial while others were more concerned with his company's willingness to make face masks for U.S. health care workers.

"'The My Pillow Guy' that you ungrateful jerks are ranting about is named @realMikeLindell and he just re-tooled his company to provide 50K face masks per day while we get through a deadly global pandemic," tweeted radio host Larry O'Connor. "You don't need to thank him, but you could at least STFU about him."

"the my pillow guy has done more to combat the spread of coronavirus than 99% of the blue checks whining about him right now," wrote Logan Hall, social manager for The Daily Caller.

"I like the My Pillow," said director Brandon Darby. "Glad that company is helping our country. I don't see the issue. Maybe some of you are taking out your frustrations on that guy or something."

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MyPillow founder Mike Lindell urged Americans to "read our bibles" during Monday's White House coronavirus task force briefing. Stephen Maturen/Getty

"Trump just had the My Pillow guy speak," tweeted comedy writer Nick Jack Pappas. "The My Pillow Guy. These aren't press conferences to calm the American people. They're infomercials for Trump and his friends. #StopAiringTrump"

Podcast host Scott Dworkin tweeted, "The My Pillow guy just said a prayer about how great Trump is and I can't watch this anymore. #StopAiringTrump"

"Two idiots," tweeted television writer Steve Marmel, "one pillow."

"I appreciate all the support and give the glory to God," Lindell said in a Monday statement to Newsweek.

Lindell met with Trump during the administration's Made in America week in 2017, a series of meetings that highlighted American made products.

"It is obvious that President Trump cares deeply for manufacturers and their employees," Lindell said in a 2017 press release. "Vice President Pence clarified that is a priority for this administration, declaring, 'Made in America is not a slogan; it's a mission."

"I am proud to share that mission with Mr. Trump," Lindell continued. "I felt the overwhelming presence of God when I visited the White House—from the president and everyone on his staff."

Lindell had a net worth of around $300 million in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Updated 12:00 a.m. EST 3/31/2020: This story has been updated to include a statement from Mike Lindell.

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