The Persecution of Douglas Mackey: When Political Humor Lands You in Jail
Have you heard about the alarming case of Douglas Mackey?
You might not know his name, but he’s a conservative social media influencer who’s just been convicted of election interference.
Now, let’s be clear about what that means.
It means that a jury has decided it was illegal for Mackey to use Twitter to spread a humorous meme and message that were critical of the Democratic Party and its candidates during the 2020 election.
Back in 2016, Mackey, who operated a Twitter account under the pseudonym “Ricky Vaughn,” had amassed a following of approximately 58,000 individuals.
Through this platform, he shared humorous and satirical memes that purportedly encouraged people to cast their ballots via text message for a specific candidate, who many believe was Hillary Clinton.
According to prosecutors, these memes were designed to discourage people from voting, particularly African Americans and other minority groups.
Now, here’s the reality of this case.
Mackey is being punished for using humor and satire to make his points.
If this is what we’ve come to in America, where people can be prosecuted and punished for expressing political humor, then we’re in serious trouble.
Did the Founding Fathers leave out humor when they drafted the First Amendment?
Let’s not forget about Benjamin Franklin’s witty one-liners.
If anything, the Founding Fathers were big fans of a good joke.
So, why are we now living in a world where expressing our political humor can land us in jail?
But it’s not just about the First Amendment. It’s also about the double standard that exists in our society today.
Let’s face it; if Mackey had been a left-wing influencer, he never would have been prosecuted.
The mainstream media would have celebrated his clever memes and praised him as a hero of free speech.
But because Mackey is a conservative, he’s being treated as a criminal. He’s facing up to 10 years in prison, all for expressing his conservative political humor on social media.
This is not justice. This is persecution.
If we permit the government to censor and penalize us just because some radical leftists cannot take a joke, then many of us will join Mackey in jail.
Maybe that’s why they’re so sensitive – they’re just jealous of our superior sense of humor!
Ignore in all this is the REAL act of election interference: The arrest of presidential contender Donald Trump.
Yeah, he’s not being prosecuted for “political humor”.
When you can’t win an election fairly, gerrymandering, voter suppression and election lies are your only weapons.
Try picking better candidates and stop worshiping false idols.
But no outrage over the CLEAR election interference of arresting Donald Trump?