Douglass Mackey, the man who posted a Hillary Clinton meme ahead of the 2016 election, was sentenced to seven months in prison Wednesday for the crime of “conspiracy against rights,” meaning, in this case, election interference. Mackey’s sentencing is unprecedented. It means America is now a place that puts citizens in prison for posting information disfavorable to the left, including satire, a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.
Mackey is going to prison for posting a fake Hillary Clinton ad prior to the 2016 election telling voters to “vote from home” by texting “‘Hillary’ to 59925.”
Anyone with a working brain — especially pre-Covid, when voting was done overwhelmingly in person — knew that casting your vote via text was ridiculous. The meme posted to Mackey’s now-suspended troll Twitter account was clearly a joke, and no one appears to have been foolish enough to actually cast a sincere vote for Hillary via the provided phone number. Neither of those things, however, stopped the feds from going after Mackey.
Ironically, Mackey’s post was making a mockery of Democrat election interference. The Clinton campaign would have loved it if votes could be cast via text, as would all Democrats who persistently push to dismantle voter security rules and regulations, like requiring individuals to vote in person on election day and provide identification.
Even more ironic is that Democrats within the federal government, corporate media, and Big Tech have engaged in real widespread election interference and waged real disinformation campaigns to annihilate election integrity but have so far faced zero consequences.
For instance, none of the Russia collusion hoaxers in the federal government, Hillary Clinton campaign, or corporate media have been charged, let alone put in prison. Recall that Russia hoaxers used false information and illegal tactics to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency and literally attempt to overturn the 2016 election results.
There have been no charges brought against current Secretary of State Antony Blinken or his dozens of co-conspiring ex-national security officials who, ahead of the 2020 election, falsely claimed the Hunter Biden laptop was somehow Russian disinformation.
Nor have there been any charges brought against the Big Tech giants who systematically suppressed the reporting surrounding Hunter Biden’s laptop, which contained evidence implicating then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in a foreign pay-for-play scheme.
It’s important to note that polls after the 2020 election indicate that, had the Biden laptop story not been suppressed, Joe Biden might not have won the 2020 election.
The DOJ has done nothing about the various leftist organizations funded by Mark Zuckerberg that changed election rules and regulations ahead of the 2020 election in key swing states in order to help Democrats electorally.
There have also been no criminal charges brought against employees within the deep state, such as those working for the Department of Homeland Securities’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), who, ahead of the 2020 election, directly suppressed largely conservative voices critical of mass mail-in voting and leftist Covid measures. The censorship of information disfavorable to the left, including information CISA knew was true, undoubtedly swayed the 2020 election in Democrats’ favor.
According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblowers, DOJ officials, such as Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, thwarted an investigation into Hunter Biden’s tax crimes prior to the 2020 election. If true, this obstruction covered up links between then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son’s sketchy foreign business deals before the election.
Election interference is indeed prevalent in the U.S., but it’s not perpetuated by meme lords. Instead, the federal government, including the DOJ itself, in partnership with its corporate media PR department and Big Tech oligarchs, is annihilating election security and censoring conservatives in the digital public square to ensure Democrats win elections.
Mackey’s sentencing is emblematic of the Biden DOJ’s push to criminalize all of the left’s political opponents. As Federalist Senior Contributor Jonathan S. Tobin wrote: “The timing of the prosecution speaks directly to the political implications of the case. Mackey wasn’t arrested in an FBI raid on his home until Jan. 27, 2021, the week after Biden took office. The decision to try to jail him didn’t take place until the supposedly moderate Attorney General Merrick Garland took control of the Department of Justice.”
Mackey is just one of the Biden regime’s many enemies. He is joined by countless peaceful pro-lifer protesters, traditional Catholics, and Biden’s primary political opponent, Donald Trump. Not only is Trump facing over a lifetime in prison thanks to charges brought by Biden’s DOJ, but a federal judge overseeing one of the former president’s cases issued a gag order prohibiting him from criticizing his prosecutors on the campaign trail. If inhibiting a presidential candidate from campaigning isn’t brazen election interference, I don’t know what is.
Like a third-world country, America is now a place where politicians and unelected bureaucrats use the power of the state to destroy their political opponents.
Mackey’s prosecution and sentencing was an exercise of power meant to send a message: There will be severe punishment if you dare deviate from leftist orthodoxy or criticize the deep state — even as a joke.