A judge appointed by former President Obama in New York City has sentenced Douglas Mackey, who ran the influential pro-MAGA Twitter account "Ricky Vaughn" in 2016, to seven months in prison for "election interference."
The DOJ arrested Mackey shortly after Joe Biden assumed office in 2021. The case filed against him alleged that he interfered with the 2016 election through a satirical tweet instructing people to "text their vote" to Hillary Clinton's campaign line, as Breitbart News reported.
Shortly after Mackey's arrest, Breitbart News' Joel Pollak dissected the legal case against him, observing that a left-wing comedian had posted the exact same joke in reverse with no legal repercussions.
The criminal complaint alleges that “at least 4,900 unique telephone numbers” sent a message with the candidate’s name to the number given, “on or about and before Election Day.”
It is unknown if any of them abstained from casting a valid vote.
However, neither the complaint nor the FBI's accompanying press release explains how the government intends to withstand a challenge under the First Amendment.
It is illegal to "injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person... in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right," according to the law. There is no explicit reference to providing inaccurate information.
The sentence was handed down by Judge Ann Donnelly, a federal court judge appointed by Obama, after a New York jury convicted Mackey in March of this year.
According to Mackey's legal team, prosecutors are employing similar strategies to prosecute Donald Trump and his team members.
According to Memedefensefund.com, despite residing in Florida, Mackey was prosecuted and convicted in the Eastern District of New York by two liberal justices.
On October 18, he was sentenced to seven months in federal prison and commanded to report on January 8, 2024, though he will file an appeal. Reversing this conviction is crucial not only to secure his own liberty but also to prevent the suppression of free speech for all Americans for political reasons.
Mackey was accused under 18 USC 241, also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, which was passed after the Civil War to prevent violent deprivations of civil rights. The Biden Justice Department is currently employing this against others of Biden's political adversaries.
Most notably, Special Counsel Jack Smith is using this statute against President Donald Trump for his "disinformation" surrounding the 2020 election, with the Mackey case serving as a trial balloon, according to the majority of legal experts. It has also been utilized by the Justice Department to prosecute pro-life activists.
The attorneys for Mackey intend to file an appeal with the Supreme Court, citing the First Amendment and other grounds.