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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Arrested for illegal tweets

Ricky Vaughan is arrested for four-year-old tweets... which "amounted to nothing short of vote theft":

A Florida man was arrested this morning on charges of conspiring with others in advance of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to use various social media platforms to disseminate misinformation designed to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote.

Douglass Mackey, aka Ricky Vaughn, 31, of West Palm Beach, was charged by criminal complaint in the Eastern District of New York. He was taken into custody this morning in West Palm Beach and made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart of the Southern District of Florida.

“According to the allegations in the complaint, the defendant exploited a social media platform to infringe one the of most basic and sacred rights guaranteed by the Constitution: the right to vote,” said Nicholas L. McQuaid, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This complaint underscores the department’s commitment to investigating and prosecuting those who would undermine citizens’ voting rights.”

“There is no place in public discourse for lies and misinformation to defraud citizens of their right to vote,” said Seth D. DuCharme, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “With Mackey’s arrest, we serve notice that those who would subvert the democratic process in this manner cannot rely on the cloak of Internet anonymity to evade responsibility for their crimes. They will be investigated, caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

“Protecting every American citizen’s right to cast a legitimate vote is a key to the success of our republic,” said William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office. “What Mackey allegedly did to interfere with this process – by soliciting voters to cast their ballots via text – amounted to nothing short of vote theft. It is illegal behavior and contributes to the erosion of the public’s trust in our electoral processes. He may have been a powerful social media influencer at the time, but a quick Internet search of his name today will reveal an entirely different story.”

The complaint alleges that in 2016, Mackey established an audience on Twitter with approximately 58,000 followers. A February 2016 analysis by the MIT Media Lab ranked Mackey as the 107th most important influencer of the then-upcoming Election, ranking his account above outlets and individuals such as NBC News (#114), Stephen Colbert (#119) and Newt Gingrich (#141).

As alleged in the complaint, between September 2016 and November 2016, in the lead up to the Nov. 8, 2016, U.S. Presidential Election, Mackey conspired with others to use social media platforms, including Twitter, to disseminate fraudulent messages designed to encourage supporters of one of the presidential candidates (the “Candidate”) to “vote” via text message or social media, a legally invalid method of voting.

Now they're just trolling us. 

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91 Comments:

Blogger Darwin is a Harsh Mistress January 27, 2021 6:38 PM  

Mayor Richardson Dilworth lols from hell.

Blogger Crew January 27, 2021 6:38 PM  

Muh First Amendment!

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 27, 2021 6:42 PM  

Which statute us he charged with violating?

Blogger Joe Smith January 27, 2021 6:43 PM  

They're seriously not going to quit until Americans literally rise up and hang them all. I'm somewhat in awe of their steadfast inability to read the crowd.

Blogger Enzo January 27, 2021 6:45 PM  

In related news, everyone's uncle Jim has been arrested for encouraging voters to cast their vote on November 4, an act which erodes the public trust in dad jokes.

Blogger Cinco January 27, 2021 6:48 PM  

Because people stupid enough to believe that you can vote via text message should totally be voting for a man to have control of nuclear weapons.

You can’t make it up.

Blogger Stilicho January 27, 2021 6:49 PM  

May this inspire a million Ricky Vaughns

Blogger Daniel January 27, 2021 6:50 PM  

Yes. I feel, reading this and others "I can't believe this is true" things that now they are just trolling us.
for example: the new covid anal test. Actually it is NOT a joke. They are mocking us

Blogger mh01701@gmail.com January 27, 2021 6:51 PM  

I used to think I had a clue but since the new administration i am completely in the dark. What the heck is going on?

Blogger M. ANTHONY January 27, 2021 6:52 PM  

So you can be arrested for a twitter poll?

Blogger matveidaniilovich January 27, 2021 6:53 PM  

Ricky Vaughan is a general of the meme wars of ‘15/16. I salute him.

Blogger Hescominsoon January 27, 2021 6:56 PM  

the eastern district of new york has no jurisdiction in florida. That florida judge shoudl not be putting that guy on trial in florida as the new york district needs to extradite the defendant to new york...

Blogger wahr01 January 27, 2021 6:58 PM  

The first amendment clearly protects public speech.

This is clearly "punishment by process" and I'll be glad to see the day 5 years from now when Ricky Vaughn retires on the settlement he gets from the DOJ over this harassment.

Blogger Stilicho January 27, 2021 7:00 PM  

MPAI, but 4900 of them are too stupid to be allowed to continue stealing oxygen that actual humans could use. Everyone knows that text voting won't be allowed until 2022.

I wonder if the DOJ bothered to confirm if any of the 4900 were actaully eligible to vote?

Blogger basementhomebrewer January 27, 2021 7:00 PM  

Anyone advocating for gun control online can arguably be charged for the same thing.

Blogger Alexamenos January 27, 2021 7:00 PM  

If I ever get arrested for an anonymous tweet, I hope it's when I'm using a handle like 'HughJayness' or 'SexyBoi69.'

Blogger Stilicho January 27, 2021 7:03 PM  


>>Stg58/Animal MotherJanuary 27, 2021 6:42 PM
Which statute us he charged with violating?<<

The one about mocking clownworld

Blogger ar10308 January 27, 2021 7:03 PM  

Ricky Vaughn was and remains a legend in his day. His Twitter account was on tier with the The_Duck, run by the world's greatest PR spokesman, Pax Dickenson.

Federal Prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York join those of the Southern District of New York for being beyond contempt of the American public and will have fully earned the tarring and feathering that is coming their way.

Blogger Romulus January 27, 2021 7:05 PM  

Its everyone's patriotic duty to disenfranchise as many dummies as possible

Blogger The Lab Manager January 27, 2021 7:06 PM  

Dude, we're free!

Blogger Critias January 27, 2021 7:07 PM  

"ranking his account above outlets and individuals such as NBC News (#114), Stephen Colbert (#119) and Newt Gingrich (#141)."

Point and laugh!

Blogger Canadian Warlord January 27, 2021 7:10 PM  

Wow, this is playing with fire. Keep setting those precedents, press.

Blogger Steve Canyon January 27, 2021 7:13 PM  

So those groups that bus folk from the hood to the polling station need to lawyer up next, right?

It could happen. If so, it'll be right before samesame happens to the SPLC.

Blogger Wild Man January 27, 2021 7:15 PM  

In 2016, just prior to the election, Obama was making some cryptic remarks directed towards potential Clinton voters, that upon one obvious interpretation, was instructions for non-citizens as to how they could potentially vote anyways. I suppose I could go back and find those vid links (if they haven't been permanently erased by now).

Tit for Tat. The justice department must arrest Obama on charges of conspiring with others in advance of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to use various social media platforms, and mainstream media outlets, to disseminate misinformation designed to provide individuals instructions as to unconstitutional voting.

Blogger The Lab Manager January 27, 2021 7:20 PM  

They really are trying to stir the pot:

https://patriotlibertynews.com/2021/01/27/dhs-issues-terror-threat-aimed-at-trump-supporters/

Blogger Taignobias January 27, 2021 7:22 PM  

And the war on humor marches on. Reminds me of Count Dankula and the infamous not-see pug.

Related: I don't know that I've seen such all three laws of the SJW apply at once quite like this.

Blogger Meanoldbasterd January 27, 2021 7:22 PM  

Gotta check ur athtole thir! Gotta check ya assshhhole!
(South Park did it best)

Blogger Cinco January 27, 2021 7:26 PM  

It’s probably a federal crime.

Blogger Grey Man January 27, 2021 7:30 PM  

He's charged under Title 18 Section 241. The theory of the case is he deprived people of the right to vote by tweeting memes. Which is retarded, but it is Fedgov so it checks out.

Blogger tuberman January 27, 2021 7:34 PM  

The absurdity reaches new territories.

Blogger Lando January 27, 2021 7:34 PM  

Oh come on, with idiots "registering" people to "vote" on ever street corner in Northern Virginia come July of any given election year since 1998, how can they possibly make this stick?

Back in the day, you had to register with the Selective Service AND register to vote ONLY at your local Post Office.

How can one be checked without the other? His lawyer better be born post 1976 and pre 1982 and have the attitude of Gordon Gekko becasue this is ridiculous, and should never make it to the discovery phase.

Get the fuck outta my face with this shit.

Blogger jkmack January 27, 2021 7:35 PM  

Are there any adults left in the US legal system?

Blogger Gallant January 27, 2021 7:36 PM  

I don't get it - Facebook told me to vote, both early and on election day, about 600 times last year.

Blogger Filter Bear January 27, 2021 7:38 PM  

Alexamenos wrote:If I ever get arrested for an anonymous tweet, I hope it's when I'm using a handle like 'HughJayness' or 'SexyBoi69.'

Funnily enough, I know a guy from Canada who got visited by some feds who addressed him by his facebook moniker "Stane Daynus"

Blogger Dan in Georgia January 27, 2021 7:48 PM  

Lawyer up, Mini AOC!

Blogger Scott January 27, 2021 7:51 PM  

“Trust the plan”

Blogger Lazarus January 27, 2021 7:54 PM  

AKA Hall of Fame

Carlos Danger
Ron Mexico
Ricky Vaughn

feel free to nominate others

Blogger Br1cht January 27, 2021 8:00 PM  

Wasn´t this guy a Fed informant? I´ve seen that some time ago but it would fit, the rulers throw you away when you have served your purpose.

Blogger JamesB.BKK January 27, 2021 8:03 PM  

What’re ya in for?
A: Twitter jokes that were funnier than Colbert’s.

Blogger Leo Littlebook ID:16216229492837658552 January 27, 2021 8:05 PM  

Mustn't mock sacred niggers' sacred votes, massa.

Blogger JamesB.BKK January 27, 2021 8:07 PM  

I need to exercise my sacredest right to vote that my folks got a few decades ago from the most generous and dumbest people maybe ever and some govt officials in black robes.
A: You from around here? Got any ID?
R: How double dog deer you!

Blogger JamesB.BKK January 27, 2021 8:08 PM  

Could be we’re reading quotes from some of them there affirmative action hires.

Blogger eclecticmn January 27, 2021 8:09 PM  

Kind of a modern IQ test to vote. Anyone who fell for this failed the test.
Reminds me of the fake Apple ads telling people they could charge their iphone quicker in the microwave.

Blogger A.D. January 27, 2021 8:14 PM  

Trolling?! Hardly. This, if true, is the wicked, deranged escalation of the left's Pure Evil.

Blogger Watcher of the skies January 27, 2021 8:15 PM  

MEMEing is NOT a crime

Blogger jsmalone1 January 27, 2021 8:18 PM  

Well trolling maybe, I will say of all the disturbing events in just the last few weeks this is by far the most. They have been working on these cases for 4 years.

Blogger tublecane January 27, 2021 8:20 PM  

“He may have been a powerful social media influencer at the time, but a quick internet search of his name today will reveal an entirely different story.”

Okay. Weird flex.

Everyone knows this is because he was an early purge victim. Unless he’d have given up in the meantime anyway.

Blogger Kingly Gift January 27, 2021 8:20 PM  

The media pundit and politician's job is to work with the real government to maintain the illusion of a constitutional republic. One of the real government's jobs is to control who is allowed to play the role of dancing monkey in the media/politician group. In 2016, the internet disrupted their mechanism of selecting who got to play the dancing monkey role of POTUS. They easily hedged in Donald for 4 years (since POTUS doesn't actually have any real power), and now they are working to rectify the capabilities of the internet that caused the disruptions in 2016.

It's a tough road for them to bring the internet under the same level of control that they have over the broadcasting airwaves, but it is worth it to them since the internet provides the same level of mind control as old media, but with the added advantage of mass surveillance.

They don't want to physically try to control all the lines of communication on the internet, that task is too daunting. Instead they want a chilling effect from this prosecution to intimidate everyone into 'behaving' themselves. As this abuse becomes more apparent, the more the charade of constitutional democracy is seen as the farce that it is, the harder it will be for them to control the plebs without frequent acts of violence. Which will only hasten the dismantling of the illusion of representative government. Which will lead to greater intimidation and violence from them.

The question is, will the well intentioned rank and file who work to carry out the legitimate functions of government be awoken from their delusion that they serve in a representative government, and begin to refuse, at personal risk, to perpetuate the abuse from the parts of the government that function as a crime syndicate? Or will they be purged out of the ruling system before they wake up and can do anything to turn it around?

If you are praying for your civil leaders, as God commands us to, be sure to pray for these 'lower magistrates' to have the insight and capability to restrain this corruption.

Blogger Paul Thompson January 27, 2021 8:23 PM  

Keep in mind that it doesn't matter to the leftists whether this guy is convicted or not. The ('legal') process IS the punishment.

Blogger Azimus January 27, 2021 8:28 PM  

“There is no place in public discourse for lies.."

I'm so glad he said that...

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot January 27, 2021 8:34 PM  

Proof that voter ID is not enough; we need to require an EEG to prove actual brain activity.

Blogger tublecane January 27, 2021 8:35 PM  

In 2004 my roommate left a joke-note telling me Election Day had been postponed. Can I have him arrested?

Blogger Rakshasa January 27, 2021 8:36 PM  

In a sane world, he would be guilty since elections are a sacred act we must protect and he was the most serious violator of that right.

In this world, I can only wonder why they don't just count those text messages as valid votes.

Blogger PeopleMakerBear January 27, 2021 8:48 PM  

I remember that guy when I used to be on the Twatter! He was funny as Shit. His avatar picture was that of Charlie Sheen with a Mohawk from major league. If you believed anything he said as a reputable source, you deserved to lose your vote.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 27, 2021 8:52 PM  

Let them eat fake!

Blogger Unknown January 27, 2021 8:55 PM  

These people have no idea how much they are hated.

They're playing with fire.

Blogger Dire Badger January 27, 2021 9:02 PM  

Does that mean that it's now illegal to tell people that the best way to vote in the 'new Amerika' is to go down to your local gun or sporting goods store, and pick up bulk 'absentee ballots' in your preferred caliber?

Blogger Chuck January 27, 2021 9:04 PM  

Where would one go to find this "constitutional right to vote"?

Blogger Chuck January 27, 2021 9:04 PM  

Where would one go to find this "constitutional right to vote"?

Blogger Anonymous Commenter January 27, 2021 9:05 PM  

February 2016 analysis by the MIT Media Lab ranked Mackey as the 107th most important influencer of the then-upcoming Election, ranking his account above outlets and individuals such as NBC News (#114), Stephen Colbert (#119) and Newt Gingrich (#141).

So, some guy on Twitter is more important and believable than NB fucking C news, not to mention Corbet (a half assed comedian) and Newt (swamp creature poster boy) Gingrich? This is why he is being charged, not because he did anything wrong, but because people listened to him instead of what the magic box in their house told them to.

Blogger jsmalone1 January 27, 2021 9:14 PM  

Yes sir

Blogger JD Curtis January 27, 2021 9:14 PM  

John Rivers was part of that same purge from Twitter that claimed Vaughn before the '16 election.
Top Kek stuff.
They should be rewarded and instead are hounded

Blogger Unknown January 27, 2021 9:17 PM  

I think it was the "vote by text" thing that was the crime, rather than the satire.

Blogger Unknown January 27, 2021 9:17 PM  

I remember the /pol/ threads.
Several of them had the honour of bearing my shitposts.

I feel proud, i achieved Greatness.

Blogger FutureDeadWhiteButNotDeadYet Male January 27, 2021 9:38 PM  

This is why whitey needs an underground railroad. To bring people like Sir Ricky to freedom. Maybe, if we get one going, and if the US is still hanging in there in 2032, we can get one of our pictures on the $20 bill (20 trillion dollar bill, that is).

Blogger A.D. January 27, 2021 9:44 PM  

...but a massive conspiracy to defraud an entire nation by stealing THE most crucial election is not a crime, I guess. Pence, Mitch, Pelosi, and every single SCOTUS justice (just for starters) should be tried, convicted, and executed for Treason.

Blogger Heath D January 27, 2021 10:39 PM  

Who’s next, Hannibal Lecture?

Blogger Akulkis January 27, 2021 10:51 PM  

>> It could happen. If so, it'll be right before samesame happens to the SPLC.

You know as well as I do that even though we point out that it's samesame samesame, the SPLC will shout, "No! Different Samesame!"

I'll be standing by with the pre-knotted rope.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella January 27, 2021 10:56 PM  

How does one send something to cheer him up? He has fans, after all. It has to be lonely and disorienting to be arrested for a common high school joke.

What a disgrace.

He made the whole Donald Trump campaign fun.

Blogger Akulkis January 27, 2021 10:56 PM  

>> He's charged under Title 18 Section 241. The theory of the case is he deprived people of the right to vote by tweeting memes. Which is retarded, but it is Fedgov so it checks out.

That's actually a win for us... They're admitting that Title 18 Section 241 is legit and deserves to be used.

They're not going to like it when we wield T 18 S 241.

Blogger Akulkis January 27, 2021 11:01 PM  

>> Reminds me of the fake Apple ads telling people they could charge their iphone quicker in the microwave.

That will put a charge on the phone. The problem is, you don't want a charge on the phone, you want it inside the battery.

Blogger ScottC January 27, 2021 11:10 PM  

If the guy committed a crime so serious that it merits a 10 year prison term why has it taken so long to prosecute him? What was the missing piece of evidence that suddenly turned up that gave the state cause to try him in court?

Blogger 1683Bear January 27, 2021 11:23 PM  

I must be too sleepy... and some people must be too stupid to be voting...1st Amendment?

Blogger Noah B. January 27, 2021 11:36 PM  

Just goes to show how fake and ineffective the media is when one bright and funny young man can run circles around the so-called professionals. This is a totally illegitimate political prosecution and it's nothing more than the feds running a protection racket for their media cronies.

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot January 27, 2021 11:54 PM  

His true crime is demonstrating just how moronic the average Dem voter really is. All the hysterical keening about "voter suppression" means "requiring them to make any effort at all", a requirement they managed to bypass this time around.

Blogger tublecane January 28, 2021 12:55 AM  

@72- The missing piece was not evidence, presumably, but a higher authority calling for scalps. Gotta keep the crisis going, even if one must reach back 4 or 5 years to find a speechcriminal.

Blogger Reprehensible Adam January 28, 2021 1:09 AM  

Democrats are trolls. Coming out of their caves and bridges to scare the peasants.

Blogger Dan in Georgia January 28, 2021 2:16 AM  

In retrospect, perhaps Trump should've started with the MSM and worked back from there. I mean, if most of the MSM is not there to bitch because they're all in Gitmo, waiting to be hanged, who would've stopped him?

Blogger weka January 28, 2021 2:28 AM  

But tarring and feathering requires something that ensures they won't come back. Run them out of town on a rail

Blogger weka January 28, 2021 2:31 AM  

If there are no legal recourse for lies how can progressives promise what they know they cannot deliver?

At least in NZ we Parliament can over rule the courts.

Blogger RadixMalorum January 28, 2021 3:33 AM  

These are typical female shit test tactics except applied on a civilizational level scale.

Blogger Eduardo January 28, 2021 4:46 AM  

So wait... We can arrest anyone for stupid shit like this. Any Leftard? Just find a dumb twitter post?

Blogger FALPhil January 28, 2021 8:20 AM  

Eduardo wrote:So wait... We can arrest anyone for stupid shit like this. Any Leftard? Just find a dumb twitter post?

This is so funny on so many levels, not the least of which is the issue that there is no right to vote in the constitution, merely the right not to be discriminated against if a vote is held.

Blogger Didas Kalos January 28, 2021 8:57 AM  

Would it be reasonable to assume that any State Atty could charge anyone, such as Barry or any CNN anchor etc for the same crime? And have them arrested?

Blogger theartistformerlyknownasgeorge January 28, 2021 9:13 AM  

This is insanity.

I recall dozens of people sharing memes about "Don't forget to vote (the day after the actual election)!" all over the antisocial medias for quite few elections.

Are the feds coming for all those people now?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 28, 2021 10:04 AM  

"In retrospect, perhaps Trump should've started with the MSM and worked back from there. I mean, if most of the MSM is not there to bitch because they're all in Gitmo, waiting to be hanged, who would've stopped him?"

We were saying this from the beginning. Remove the MSM and the banksters, and there are no opponents left standing, they'd all wilt instantly. That being said, they know that too, so it's not gonna happen as easily as it sounds.

Blogger jsmalone1 January 28, 2021 11:06 AM  

They have been working on this for 4 years, they have stacks of indictments ready to go.

Blogger RadixMalorum January 28, 2021 11:25 AM  

Eduardo wrote:So wait... We can arrest anyone for stupid shit like this. Any Leftard? Just find a dumb twitter post?

Anyone can arrest anyone for anything so long as they have the power to. All the laws in every document ever written are as useful as letters to Santa Claus without institutional power behind them. This is why the enemy always infiltrates and converges institutions of power and influence before trying to implement their plans. People on this side of the fight needs to realize this too and act accordingly.

Blogger kerdasi amaq January 28, 2021 12:20 PM  

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Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 28, 2021 1:47 PM  

jsmalone1 wrote:They have been working on this for 4 years, they have stacks of indictments ready to go.
I think we're seeing unsealing of the first of those 100,000++ sealed indictments. Q said that the first arrest would shock everyone.

Blogger Darren January 28, 2021 3:09 PM  

John Rivers was one of the OG on Gab.com back in 2016 and is still going strong now.

No nonsense, no bs

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