A badly timed joke could ruin the life of one Donald Trump support.
He was charged with a serious crime.
A Trump supporter faces ten years in jail for what he said about Hillary Clinton.
Instead of looking into cases of actual voter fraud the DOJ under the Biden administration is choosing to press charges against a former Trump-supporting former Twitter troll for “depriving individuals of their constitutional right to vote.”
The criminal complaint alleges that the accused, Douglass Mackey (AKA “Ricky Vaughn”), conspired to “injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate persons in the free exercise of a right and privilege secured to them by the Constitution.”
Douglass Mackey was thrown off Twitter years ago for posting politically incorrect and offensive material.
The meme in question told Hillary Clinton voters that they could vote by text of Twitter during the 2016 election.
“Federal prosecutors accused Douglass Mackey, 31, of coordinating with co-conspirators to spread memes on Twitter falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton’s supporters could vote by sending a text message to a specific phone number… As a result of the misinformation campaign, prosecutors said, at least 4,900 unique phone numbers texted the number in a futile effort to cast votes for Mrs. Clinton… Their effort to misinform voters began after the group saw a similar campaign intended to deceive voters in the 2016 referendum in Britain on whether to leave the European Union, also known as Brexit, according to the complaint.” The New York Times reported.
BuzzFeed revealed a screenshot which showed that response the people reportedly got when they texted the number, the Clinton campaign sent a reply saying that the ad wasn’t legitimate.
That should have made it crystal clear to everyone that they couldn’t vote by text and there’s no evidence that anyone stayed home because they thought they had already voted by text.
But still William F. Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office claimed that what Mackey did is “nothing short of vote theft.”
It was a joke, whether it was funny or not is perfectly debatable but it shouldn’t be made criminal.
It’s a common joke made on social media around the time of elections and Democrats can do the same thing and get away with it.
A comedian named Kristina Wong posted a video on November 8, 2016, telling Trump supporters to vote on November 9.
But the FBI didn’t come crashing down on her door and she isn’t facing a decade long prison sentence.
This prosecution is setting a truly dangerous precedent with this prosecution.
America could become a country where making a conservative joke on the internet could get you thrown in prison.
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