Social Media Influencer Douglas Mackey aka “Ricky Vaughn” is Convicted of Election Interference
On March 31, 2023, Douglass Mackey, better known by his social media personality “Ricky Vaughn” was convicted in March by a federal jury in Brooklyn of Conspiracy Against Rights originating from his alleged plot to “deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote”. The final verdict came after a one-week trial that was held before United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly. Once sentenced, Mackey is expected to face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Mackey gained notoriety for posting pro-Trump memes and jokes prior to the 2016 election. Mackey was able to remain anonymous until he ended up being doxxed. For a while, Mackey’s activity was never considered to be criminal.
However, things changed in 2021 when the Justice Department charged him with engaging in election interference. At the time, The Justice Department issued a press release where it stated the following:
“Mackey [i.e., Ricky Vaughn] conspired with others to use social media platforms, including Twitter, to disseminate fraudulent messages designed to encourage supporters of one of the presidential candidates (the ‘Candidate’) to ‘vote’ via text message or social media, a legally invalid method of voting.” In effect, the Biden regime characterized Mackey’s behavior as a form of voter suppression. Mackey was notorious for posting memes that ridiculed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Under the pretext of “fortifying” elections, Mackey has his free speech rights infringed on.
In 2016, Mackey had a sizable Twitter following of approximately 58,000. During this trial, it was revealed that between September 2016 and November 2016, Mackey allegedly conspired with other prominent Twitter personalities and with members of private online groups to use social media platforms, which included Twitter, to spread farcical messages that called on supporters of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to “vote” for her through text message or social media. Technically, such activity could not count as a legal vote.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), were the individuals who announced the recent verdict against Mackey.
“Mackey has been found guilty by a jury of his peers of attempting to deprive individuals from exercising their sacred right to vote for the candidate of their choice in the 2016 Presidential Election,” declared US Attorney Peace. “Today’s verdict proves that the defendant’s fraudulent actions crossed a line into criminality and flatly rejects his cynical attempt to use the constitutional right of free speech as a shield for his scheme to subvert the ballot box and suppress the vote.”
Simply for sharing memes that poke fun of the present regime, an individual could be imprisoned. That’s how bad things have gotten in Clown World USA. The rest of this century looks to be very volatile