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A new report from Revolver News documents how the Joe Biden administration is trying to put a popular internet voice in jail for the Hillary Clinton memes he posted during the 2016 presidential race.
That was when Clinton became a two-time loser in the presidential sweepstakes.
Calling it the "most important First Amendment case you've never heard of," the report explains how Biden's Department of Justice is accusing Douglass Mackey of "conspiring …. to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote."
What did he do?
Posted anti-Hillary memes that were based on the age-old joke that members of the "other" party, in this case, Democrats, "are so stupid they'd probably believe someone telling them election day is Wednesday."
"At the risk of being tedious, we will explain: memes promoting incorrect election dates are old hat. People have been making them online and in print since at least 2000, and who are we kidding, probably well before that. They’re either a humorous indication of one’s desire to win a race or else a political in-joke," the report explained.
Mackey's social media statements said, "Avoid the line. Vote from home. Text 'Hillary' 59925."
The report noted Mackey "had no external reason that anyone should care what he said. He held no office. He had no byline at an elite publication. He had no vast pool of wealth that conferred legitimacy, deserved or undeserved, on what he had to say. Mackey’s notability, like that of Bronze Age Pervert or Libs of TikTok, came exclusively from what he had to say, and that people found it funny and compelling."
The report said, "The DOJ claims that the … meme merits a prison sentence of up to ten years, for violation of 18 U.S. Code § 241. The law, which concerns 'Conspiracy against rights,' is a subset of the Enforcement Act of 1871, better known as the Ku Klux Klan Act. The DOJ’s argument is that, by posting the … memes on Twitter in 2016, and designing it to resemble a Hillary Clinton ad, Mackey deceived the public into casting invalid text message votes, as part of a conspiracy to deprive them of the right to vote."
It continued, "To be clear, the federal government can’t show that this actually happened. But the government says that proving a dumb meme fooled a single person is not necessary to find one guilty of the dastardly crime of disinformation."
Revolver reported, "This bears mentioning over and over again, if necessary: the law has never been used in this way before. This case is a drastic escalation in the use of 'disinformation' as an excuse to target dissenting political voices. A regime that previously relied on de-platforming or doxing (both of which have already been used on Mackey) now makes use of outright felony prosecutions with the threat of decade-long prison sentences."
A Clinton-appointed judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis, rejected a request to dismiss the case, claiming the case is about "conspiracy and injury" even though the government hasn't produced anyone who was injured.
Garaufis, in fact, said, of the dispute, "Treason is still treason if it is spoken aloud."
The report noted, "The federal government has not produced a single person who failed to cast a ballot due to Mackey’s supposed perfidy. It hasn’t produced anyone who claims they almost failed to vote based on Mackey’s memes. All it can produce is evidence that people texted the number on the meme, a completely meaningless measurement when any number of people might have done so just to see what would happen."
The trial is scheduled in court in the Eastern District of New York.
The report warned that if, in fact, Biden obtains a conviction, "'Disinformation,' a term with no legal definition, will suddenly become a ready tool in the arsenal of ambitious prosecutors who want to rise through the left’s ranks. And even if actual prosecutions remain infrequent, the chilling effect over the wider political ecosystem will be massive."