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Newsmax host walks out during chaotic interview with MyPillow guy

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's wild conspiracy theories about the presidential election forced Newsmax host Bob Sellers to walk out of their on-air interview in frustration on Tuesday.

The interview was seemingly intended to be about Twitter's decision to suspend both Lindell's personal account and MyPillow's company account because he was using them to spread the conspiracy theories. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, Lindell attempted to use his Newsmax appearance for the same purposes, claiming to have evidence about voting machine tampering. Sellers quickly shut that down and tried to get the exchange back on track, but Lindell continued ranting — although it is difficult to tell what, exactly, he was saying as he and Sellers talked over each other. Eventually, Sellers gave up and walked off set.

When former President Donald Trump and his allies first began pushing their unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, Newsmax played a significant role in amplifying some of the theories, but the network has since cooled off. There's speculation that the pro-Trump network has changed its tune at least partly because of the threat from Dominion, the company behind the voting machines Lindell rants about, to hit Newsmax with a defamation lawsuit. Tim O'Donnell