In an outrageous display of selective justice that has set the conservative world on fire, Douglass Mackey, a fervent Trump supporter and creator of a popular pro-Trump Twitter account, has been sentenced to seven months in prison. His crime? Posting memes on social media ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Mackey, who ran the Twitter account under the pseudonym “Ricky Vaughn,” was convicted of election interference for a meme that humorously suggested people could vote from home by texting ‘Hillary’ to a certain number. The U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly, an Obama appointee, had the audacity to describe this satirical tweet as an “assault on our democracy.”
The Department of Justice, under the Biden administration, charged Mackey a week after Biden assumed office and almost four years after the 2016 election. According to them, Mackey conspired to “injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate” people from exercising their right to vote, which is a gross exaggeration considering the satirical nature of the meme.
The selective nature of this prosecution becomes evident when one considers the case of comedian Kristina Wong, who made a video urging Trump supporters to vote by text, a day after the 2016 election. Despite her actions being similar to Mackey’s, Wong faced no consequences, revealing a clear bias in the enforcement of justice.
Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy, writing for National Review, argued that Mackey’s right to free speech had been violated in this politically motivated case by the Biden administration. He described it as a “three-fer: the prosecutorial creation of a crime Congress has not prescribed, the trivialization of civil-rights law, and the intrusion of government as a monitor of political speech.”
The sentencing of Douglass Mackey for a satirical meme is a chilling reminder of the increasing control over free speech and the selective application of justice in our society. It’s a stark example of how conservative voices are being silenced and punished for expressing their views.
This case is not just about one man, Douglass Mackey, but about the future of free speech and fair justice in America. If we allow this blatant bias to continue unchecked, we risk losing the very foundations that make our nation great – liberty, justice, and the right to voice our opinions without fear of reprisal.