tucker on ricky vaughn's arrest (1/2) pic.twitter.com/JFoPVm8ynV— ghostwriter (@violent_words) January 28, 2021
tucker on ricky vaughn's arrest (2/2) pic.twitter.com/gFqiNJB3iR— ghostwriter (@violent_words) January 28, 2021
Tucker Carlson addresed Ricky Vaughn’s arrest at the top of his show.
The indictment came from Seth DuCharme, the Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York — who was appointed by Trump-appointed Attorney General, William Barr. This case was put together under the Trump administration. pic.twitter.com/IISckCxHHK— Chris Menahan ?? (@infolibnews) January 27, 2021
We need to wait for more reporting on this issue before jumping to conclusions.
Ricky Vaughan pissed off someone so powerful that one of the first acts of Biden’s DoJ during this Admin was to have him arrested.— 6’3″, 81 IQ (@Progrockfarmer) January 27, 2021
Remember the account known as “Ricky Vaughn?”— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) January 27, 2021
The DOJ just announced the man behind that account, Douglass Mackey, has been charged with election interference stemming from actions in 2016 pic.twitter.com/WS5Eh6UIv4
Democrats have only controlled the government for a week and pro-Trump online trolls are already being indicted for criminal “conspiracies” involving the posting of memes on Twitter in 2016 pic.twitter.com/8orJ4D7U01— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 27, 2021
Although it’s pretty funny that records from a Group DM entitled “Fed Free Hatechat” ended up being used to form the basis of a federal criminal indictment pic.twitter.com/hEHxbJOGVH— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 27, 2021
Pretty sure part of the vast criminal “conspiracy” entailed tweeting fake images of Taylor Swift wearing a MAGA hat pic.twitter.com/3hUGvts8no— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 27, 2021
Glad to see Trump DOJ was working on the real fraud and packaged this up nicely for Biden, instead of going after the vote bundling and drop offs in MI and elsewhere https://t.co/Ljwcx7Oa5T— Andrew Kloster (@ARKloster) January 27, 2021
The DOJ just indicted a social media influencer for a meme pic.twitter.com/3MotGRnNZ5— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) January 27, 2021
OH NO NO NO NO NO NO pic.twitter.com/Rc4bznaUhK— . (@Crisprtek) January 27, 2021
They’re actually arresting people for memes now. https://t.co/AYnCVGriT8— Tony Hovater (@Tony_Hovater) January 27, 2021
Douglass Mackey, aka far-right influencer “Ricky Vaughn,” has been charged in Brooklyn Fed with 2016 election interference, with a scheme to limit black turnout.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) January 27, 2021
The complaint cites this meme and BuzzFeed story. https://t.co/gN6AzrfSVW
Story soon @LambeJerry, @LawCrimeNews. pic.twitter.com/Z7Var5tXgU
This is a grotesque abuse of power.
While I don’t care for Ricky Vaughn (we were targeted by his “wignat” psyop after Charlottesville), nothing that Douglass Mackey has done on the internet is nearly as worrisome as the DOJ prosecuting him for “conspiring” to share memes on the internet to “influence” an election. The indictment alleges that Ricky Vaughn accumulated a larger Twitter audience than NBC News and Stephen Colbert and that constitutes election interference. This reeks of political retaliation and butthurt over the 2016 election.
Baked Alaska and Microchip are allegedly being charged as Ricky Vaughn’s “co-conspirators” based on a BuzzFeed article. What about the people who banned the president of the United States and hundreds of thousands of his followers from social media? Is that election interference?
Note: It is unclear whether this case was already in the pipeline during the Trump administration. The FBI was already working on it before the 2020 election.