Twitter troll Douglass Mackey, aka Ricky Vaughn, was arrested on Wednesday and faces ten years in prison for “tweeting” and “retweeting” joke memes on Twitter telling people they can “text” in their votes.
Social Media Influencer Charged with Election Interference Stemming from Voter Disinformation Campaignhttps://t.co/lJ0FJz2llr
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept)
Here’s some excerpts from the full complaint:
That’s a reference to people sharing photoshopped memes of Taylor Swift and others with MAGA hats on.
The case was put together under the Trump administration by William Barr appointee Seth D. DuCharme, the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
FBI special agent Maegan Rees appears to have led the investigation.
The indictment says “at least 4,900 unique telephone numbers texted ‘[Candidate’s first name]’ or some derivative to the Text Code on or about and before Election Day, including many belonging to individuals located in the Eastern District of New York.” [Emphasis added]
“Of the approximately 4,900 numbers that corresponded with the Text Code, approximately 4,850, or 99%, sent their texts after MACKEY first tweeted a Deceptive Image from MACKEY Account 2.”
For the record, those memes were shared by tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people as a joke. The meme was popularized on 4Chan.
The indictment didn’t include any proof that these 4,850 texters were in fact disenfranchised, nor did it include any evidence they saw the meme due to Mackey’s account.
The feds also tried to connect this indictment to the Capitol protests.
“The co-conspirators were not named in the complaint, but one of them was Anthime Gionet, a far-right media personality known as ‘Baked Alaska,’ who was arrested this month for participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a person briefed on the investigation,” The New York Times reported.
The indictment accuses Mackey and his “co-conspirators” of the “unusual charge” of “conspiracy to violate rights” for sharing these memes:
“The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison,” The Times reported.
Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter can conspire together to rig the entire internet in favor of Democrats without any issue but Twitter trolls who helped Trump win in 2016 are being charged over memes.
This is absolute lunacy!
The Biden regime told us they were going to deliver “unity and healing” — instead they’re conducting mass arrests of Trump supporters for so much as walking around the Capitol and vindictively persecuting them over memes they shared four years ago!
UPDATE: This appears to be the little-used law they’re charging him under:
If Mackey can be charged with “conspiracy to violate rights” over memes, what’s stopping right-wing prosecutors from charging anti-Second Amendment groups for “conspiring” to take away our Second Amendment rights?
What’s stopping prosecutors from indicting the media outlets and social media heads who are conspiring to take away our First Amendment rights?
Tucker Carlson On Biden’s DOJ Going After Doug Mackey Over Memes He Posted During The 2016 Election
“What you may be wondering does a case like this mean for the 1st Amendment. Well, it means that it is effectively suspended. You can be arrested for saying the wrong things.” pic.twitter.com/Dioymd55we
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle)
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