Douglass Mackey Sentenced to 7 Months in Prison for Sharing Anti-Clinton Memes During 2016 ElectionChris Menahan
Oct. 18, 2023
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Pro-Trump Twitter power user Douglass Mackey, aka "Ricky Vaughn," was sentenced to 7 months in prison on Wednesday for sharing joke memes on Twitter claiming Democrats could vote for Hillary Clinton by phone in the 2016 election.
From Courthouse News, "Pro-Trump troll sentenced to seven months over Election Day shenanigans":
Douglass Mackey, the man "on trial for memes," was sentenced to seven months in prison Wednesday for his efforts to trick Hillary Clinton voters into staying home on Election Day in 2016.
Mackey was also a member of private direct-message groups on X, formerly Twitter, where he discussed and agreed with others on how to disseminate messages "intended variously to provoke, mislead, and, in some cases, deceive voters in the 2016 presidential election," prosecutors said in a sentencing memo.Anti-Trumpers shared similar memes and none of them were even charged, so yes, Mackey was sentenced to prison entirely for his political views.
Zero evidence was ever produced showing anyone was actually tricked out of voting from the 4chan memes he (and many others) shared.
The charge against him carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Considering the draconian sentences handed down to J6 protesters, his sentence could have been a lot worse. Nonetheless, this is a travesty of justice and Mackey will go down in the history books as the first man jailed for sharing joke memes.
UPDATE: Mackey addressed the sentence on Wednesday by sharing an incorrect headline from the Daily Beast claiming he was sentenced to "7 years" in prison along with a woozy face emoji.
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