Fake Clinton Ad Allegedly Created by Douglass Mackey

Fake Clinton ad allegedly created by white nationalist troll Douglass Mackey, a.k.a. Ricky Vaughn.

Douglass Mackey, the man behind the alt-right “Ricky Vaughn” Twitter account, was just “s—posting” the meme that landed him a federal indictment for election interference, his lawyer told a federal jury on Monday.

“Whether he was a great thinker or a Neanderthal caveman, none of it was a criminal conspiracy to defraud voters,” Mackey’s attorney Andrew Frisch insisted.

A little more than two years have passed since federal prosecutors first charged Mackey, who was seated in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn at the defense table, wearing a suit and tie.

For years, Mackey tweeted anonymously behind the meme war nom de guerre “Ricky Vaughn,” named after the character from the baseball-themed movie “Major League.” An avid Trump supporter, “Ricky Vaughn” went by an image of actor Charlie Sheen in a red “Make America Great Again” cap instead of the Cleveland Indians one that his character wore. That was part of a series of photoshopped images Mackey created to rebrand pop culture icons into Trump’s would-be social media ambassadors.

Ricky Vaughn Twitter account

Mackey’s Ricky Vaughn account (Screenshot via Internet Archives)

Mackey also slapped a virtual MAGA hat on musician Lana del Ray, whom Frish noted was decidedly not a Trump supporter.

Federal prosecutors agree that most of Mackey’s memes were lawful, and anti-hate watchdogs noted that Mackey posted many that were racist, antisemitic, and in line with white supremacist talking points.

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