Mackey Gets 7 Months In Prison For Meme

In an unprecedented move, viral meme-maker Douglass Mackey has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison for “election interference” for posting an internet meme. A U.S. District Judge handed down the sentence on Wednesday. It represents a stark deviation from America’s fundamental principles and directly threatens the First Amendment.

Mackey, known by his pseudonym “Ricky Vaughn” on social media, posted a meme ahead of the 2016 election depicting a fake Hillary Clinton ad that encouraged voters to “vote from home” by texting “Hillary” to a specific number. To any rational individual, this falls under the category of satire, a form of speech obviously protected by the First Amendment.

However, the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) didn’t see it that way. Instead, they charged Mackey with “conspiracy against rights,” alleging that he interfered with the election process. This is despite no one appearing to have been fooled into casting a vote via text message. Mackey’s joke was just that — a joke.

It’s worth noting that Mackey’s post was a commentary on Democrat election interference. Democrats have long pushed for less stringent voter security rules and regulations, such as voting by text message. But regarding actual election interference, the Biden DOJ has disregarded much more legitimate and substantial cases.

For instance, those who peddled the Russia collusion hoax — a fabricated false narrative intended to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency — have faced no consequences. Nor have those who suppressed the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which contained evidence of Joe Biden’s involvement in a foreign pay-for-play scheme. The DOJ has entirely ignored these instances of real and consequential election interference.

Mackey’s sentencing is emblematic of the Biden DOJ’s push to criminalize its political opponents. The timing of the prosecution, which began just after Biden took office, speaks directly to the case’s political implications. Mackey is now counted among a growing list of individuals targeted by the Biden administration, including peaceful pro-life protesters and the former president himself.

This is an alarming trend. America is becoming a place where politicians and bureaucrats use the state’s power to suppress their political opponents. This behavior is reminiscent of a third-world country, not the land of the free and home of the brave.

We must ask ourselves: Where do we draw the line? How far are we willing to let the government suppress political dissent and criminalize humor? We must stand up for our First Amendment rights and ensure that satire, a crucial element of our democratic discourse, is protected. Otherwise, we risk losing the very essence of what makes America great.