John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s, compared recent US government actions to Nazi Germany during a podcast interview on Thursday.
The former pizza chain CEO made the comments to Patrick Bet-David on the PDB Podcast. During the appearance, Schnatter explained how FBI agents recently confiscated the cellphone of Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, as well as how federal agents raided the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump in August.
“You saw last night when Mike Lindell was raided with the FBI, Trump was just raided. I mean, we have Nazi Germany now, where if you’re a conservative and you believe in conservative principles and that you are outspoken, you have the KGB,” Schnatter told Bet-David.
Schnatter founded Papa John’s in 1984 but left the company following a series of controversies. He resigned as CEO in early 2018 after criticizing the NFL for not doing enough to stop players from protesting during the national anthem, which led to the league ending its association with the company. .
Later in 2018, he resigned as chairman of the company’s board of directors after it was leaked to forbes that he used a racial slur during an outreach conference call. After he left Papa John’s, he claimed the board conspired against him with the conference call incident to get him fired.
Schnatter targeted several government agencies while he was on the PDB Podcast.
” THE G [attorney general], the FBI, you know, the Internal Revenue Service, now. I mean, yes, the government is now an enemy of people’s freedoms,” he said.
“If you don’t think that, you know, if they attack Lindell, Trump, [Michael] Flynn, Papa John – if they attack us, sooner or later they will attack every American who doesn’t believe in their ideology which has a voice.”
On Tuesday, Lindell posted videos online in which he said FBI agents surrounded him while he was at a Hardee restaurant and seized his phone. Lindell has long been one of Trump’s most prominent allies and has devoted significant time and financial resources to pushing debunked claims that the 2020 presidential election was marred by fraud.
Trump posted an angry post on Truth Social after Lindell shared his videos. The former president called the action taken against Lindell “disgusting” and said Americans were living in an “armed police state”.
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