Man sentenced for mocking Hillary Clinton, Douglass Mackey, wins release pending appeal

December 5, 2023

The corrupt political class that rules America never seems to face any consequences.

Here's some good news for once: Douglass Mackey, the man sentenced to prison for mocking Hillary Clinton with Twitter memes, just had his sentencing stayed pending appeal. 

The Second Circuit Appeals court granted his motion for bond, meaning he will be free while he fights his conviction.

If you've never heard of Douglass Mackey, here's a quick refresher.

Sentenced to prison for memes

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Mackey ran one of the most popular pro-Trump accounts on Twitter, "Ricky Vaughn."

Within days of Biden's inauguration, Mackey was arrested for "interfering" in the 2016 election by sharing tongue-in-cheek memes that encouraged Clinton supporters to vote by text.

The memes included Clinton campaign slogans like "I'm With Her."

Mackey was charged with "conspiracy against rights" and convicted in a federal court in Brooklyn, despite living in Florida.

Ominous implications

U.S. attorney Breon Peace, a Biden appointee, said Mackey "weaponized disinformation in a dangerous scheme to stop targeted groups, including black and brown people and women, from participating in our democracy."

Peace called the prosecution "groundbreaking," perhaps not grasping the ominous implications of his boast.

In October, Mackey was sentenced to seven months in prison and ordered to report to his cell on January 8, 2024.

Mackey explained in a Substack post that the appeal ruling is "huge" because it means the court found "substantial" questions that could lead to his conviction being reversed.

"IT HIS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant-Appellant Douglass Mackey's motion for release pending appeal is GRANTED," the order reads.

"Mackey's surrender date is stayed. The District Court is ordered to determine the appropriate terms of release, without prejudice to the government's making a future request for detention."

Biden's war on free speech

The major free speech implications of Mackey's case have drawn the attention of Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump.

Like Mackey, President Trump has been charged with "conspiracy against rights" in Jack Smith's 2020 election indictment, which accuses Trump in Orwellian terms of spreading unlawful "disinformation."

Trump gave Mackey a shout-out in a short video assailing Biden as a tyrant.

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