Joke on Hillary, go to jail.
In fact, it has gotten that bad.
Except perhaps when an adult steps in and rules Douglass Mackey can remain free while he appeals his case.
Recall that Mackey, aka Ricky Vaughn, was convicted earlier this year of posting a comical meme in 2016 telling Hillary Clinton voters to avoid lines and “Text 'Hillary' to 59925 Vote for Hillary and form part of history.” according to the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.
It was, of course, a joke.
But Democrats weren't amused, and their Justice Department flatly said Mackey was involved in “election interference,” and Mackey was looking at 10 years in prison after a jury in Brooklyn, New York. condemned him of “conspiracy against rights”.
These are the same Democrats who weren't kidding when they used their, um, creative efforts to suppress the Hunter Biden story during the 2020 election.
In October, Mackey received one seven month sentence in federal prison. But on Monday, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals stayed his extradition date and ruled he could remain free while he appeals his conviction. Just the news reported
Has the federal government become a weapon against conservatives?
There's a lot at stake in the case, as Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who carried X, previously described Twitterto call it “One of the worst violations of free speech of our time!”
Douglas Mackey should never have gone to jail in the first place!
One of the worst violations of freedom of expression of our time! https://t.co/7zOdh6V79j
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) December 5, 2023
Tucker Carlson agreed in his X post, saying “The First Amendment is done” and included a compelling interview he recently did with Mackey.
To many, Mackey's obvious crime was being a Trump supporter, and he told Carlson that he thought that was his right as an American.
The meme he posted wasn't original to him, but it was already on the Internet, and as a joke Mackey posted it as satire, he told Carlson.
He said he wasn't aware he had done anything wrong until more than four years later, when, seven days after Joe Biden's inauguration, eight or more law enforcement officers arrived at his door at 7 in the morning and arrested him, handcuffing him without telling him the charges until they got to a court.
Mackey said he had no idea what was going on and told Carlson that his initial thoughts were, “I knew that politicians could be vindictive and that the federal government at some point could be influenced by these politicians. . and I know they can be very creative with federal statutes, so if I was the enemy of their candidate, then I thought maybe they could cook something up.”
Ep. 38 The First Amendment is done. Douglass Mackey is about to go to jail for mocking Hillary Clinton on the Internet. We spoke to him just before his sentencing. Remember as you watch that this could be you.
(3:12) The Hillary Clinton meme
(4:20) Hillary's… pic.twitter.com/MLwz2SboGr
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 9, 2023
Patrick Casey, writer and host of “Restoring Order,” posted “If Douglas Mackey had burned down a building for BLM instead of posting memes, he wouldn't be facing seven months in jail.”
Casey's post was accompanied by a post from The Blaze stating two individuals who burned down an Atlanta Wendy's in a BLM riot were only subject to a $500 fine and no jail time.
If Douglas Mackey had burned down a building for BLM instead of posting memes, he wouldn't be facing seven months in prison
Total madness https://t.co/kHNOvUbheq
— Patrick Casey (@restoreorderusa) December 4, 2023
A defense fund can be found for Mackey here.
We hope that legal appeals will eventually free both Mackey and what remains of the First Amendment.
[v] 7:39 of Carlson X's video