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April 01, 2023
A Pro-Trump influencer got convicted of "election interference" for creating a meme and it should terrify you
I still cannot believe this story is real. We have officially reached the point in America where citizens are being arrested for meme-making.
Douglass Mackey was found guilty by a New York court on charges of election interference yesterday. In 2016, Mackey jokingly posted a meme encouraging Democrats to vote for Hillary Clinton by text. Which is obviously not real.
\u201cThis is the meme that Douglas Mackey is going to prison for. What a disgrace our justice system has become.\u201d— Joel Berry (@Joel Berry) 1680296792
The DOJ claimed this constituted election interference, even though they can't prove anyone was actually fooled by the meme. The phone number led to a real line, and some users didn't "immediately receive error messages," according to Law and Crime.
Mackey claimed he was just trying to make a viral meme and that several Hillary Clinton supporters had made similar jokes without getting prosecuted. But the prosecution argued Mackey worked with other meme makers in some type of conspiracy to make the memes as real as possible and "vaporize votes".
The Eastern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement, "Mackey has been found guilty by a jury of his peers of attempting to deprive individuals from exercising their sacred right to vote for the candidate of their choice in the 2016 Presidential Election. Today’s verdict proves that the defendant’s fraudulent actions crossed a line into criminality and flatly rejects his cynical attempt to use the constitutional right of free speech as a shield for his scheme to subvert the ballot box and suppress the vote.”
It was a JOKE.
\u201cTucker Carlson on the Douglass Mackey trial:\n\n"Hillary Clinton apparently is OK with sending a man to prison for 10 years for making fun of her. If you ever wondered whether she's a cruel and horrible person, the answer is yes she is."\u201d— The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1680310534
Many Twitter users have since pointed out that this chick Kristina Wong did the exact same thing but, for Donald Trump voters. As far as we can tell, no charges have been brought against her.
Wong tweeted, "Hey Trump Supporters! Skip poll lines at Election 2016 and TEXT in your vote! Text votes are legit. Or vote tomorrow on Super Wednesday!"
\u201cDouglass Mackey was convicted for posting a joke meme about Hillary Clinton. He is facing ten years in prison. Kristina Wong @mskristinawong posted the same joke meme about Donald Trump. She is running for office and is facing no time in prison. Why the different treatment?\u2026\u201d— @amuse (@@amuse) 1680300059
Plus, these charges against Mackey weren't brought until after Joe Biden's inauguration - over four years after the meme in question was made. And now he faces a 10-year prison sentence. For a meme. He reportedly plans to appeal the decision, so here's to hoping it gets overturned.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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