Minnesota entrepreneur Mike Lindell, inventor of the MyPillow, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in a speech streamed on Fox Nation.

Lindell told the crowd in Oxon Hill, Md. on Thursday that a decade ago, he was enmeshed in a crack cocaine and alcohol addiction.

"On January 16, 2009, God freed me from [the addictions] and started me on a path to a restored heart. Praise Jesus," Lindell said.

He said that when he became clean, he realized he had not followed what he called the national decline in America.

"Friends were unemployed, [America had] terrible political correctness... People were trying to take God out of everything. Police [were] getting attacked for doing their jobs," he said.

"It looked like the End Times prophesized in the Bible," Lindell, 57, continued.

He said that when Donald Trump announced his presidential run following an iconic escalator ride in Manhattan, N.Y., he wanted to find out more about liberal versus conservative politics.


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"I knew God had chose him for such a time as this," he said, adding that he realized he was a lifelong conservative. "God answered our prayers and gave us Grace."

Lindell said Trump has become a symbol of America being "given a second chance to get our country back on track."

Regarding the president's critics, Lindell said he "doesn't understand the hate" or the lack of "common sense" when it comes to border control, adding that drug trafficking is an issue that is personal to him after his battle with cocaine.

"We're saving minnows in California and killing babies in New York," he said incredulously, referencing liberal policies in both blue states.

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