Douglass Mackey

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Douglass Mackey, also known by his online pseudonym Ricky Vaughn (1989–), is a white nationalist[1] and neo-Nazi who first rose to prominence on Twitter under his @Ricky_Vaughn99 account. On October 18, 2023, Mackey was found guilty and later sentenced to 7 months in prison for conducting an illegal voter suppression scheme, in which he told people they could vote for Hillary Clinton via text.[2][3] He was convicted of violating 18 U.S.C. § 241,[4] which is always a felony.[5]

On November 9, 2023, Douglass Mackey was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on his Tucker on X show.[6] As expected, it was a softball interview in which Carlson downplayed Mackey's intent and didn't show any of the bigotry that he had posted.[7]

Twitter activity[edit]

Before the 2016 election, Mackey regularly tweeted. His tweets tended to dogwhistle towards alt-right and antisemitic themes.[8] Mackey also started tweeting memes such as "Save Time; Avoid The Line. Vote from home. Text 'Hillary' to 59925 and we'll make history together."[9] He also tweeted, "Obviously, we can win Pennsylvania. The key is to drive up turnout with non-college whites, and limit black turnout."[10] Unsurprisingly, he was subsequently suspended from pre-Musk Twitter.[11]

The doxxing of[edit]

Within the first week of April, 2018, Douglass was doxxed by fellow white supremacist Paul Nehlen on Gab, after he appeared on a podcast that has previously been critical of Nehlen.[12] This all caused a big schism in the alt-right movement, one of the many schisms that epitomised its reduced profile.

Crime time[edit]

In January 2021, Douglass was arrested for the voter suppression scheme, under the charge of "conspiracy against rights".[13] On March 31, he was found guilty of that charge,[2] and on October 18, he was sentenced to the incredibly-lenient time of 7 months in prison.[3] The Department of Justice actually proved that over 4,900 people texted the number that Douglass had given in the image.[14]


  1. Flashback: Alt-Right Troll Ricky Vaughn Explains His Path to White Nationalism, Angry White Men, November 19, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Trump supporter found guilty in 2016 Twitter scheme to undermine Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post (via, March 31, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Social Media Influencer Douglass Mackey Sentenced after Conviction for Election Interference in 2016 Presidential Race, The United States Department of Justice, October 18, 2023.
  4. United States v. Mackey (1:21-cr-00080) District Court, E.D. New York (Last Updated: Nov. 18, 2023, 5:06 a.m.) Court Listener.
  5. Statutes Enforced by the Criminal Section Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
  6. The First Amendment Is Done. Douglass Mackey Is About to Go to Prison for Mocking Hillary Clinton on the Internet., Ep. 38 of Tucker on X, November 9, 2023. ( mirror)
  7. Tucker Carlson Defends White Supremacist Troll Convicted In Voter Suppression Scheme, Angry White Men, November 10, 2023.
  8. Why Is Donald Trump Jr. Following White Supremacists on Twitter?, Little Green Footballs, July, 2016.
  9. FBI Informant ‘Microchip’ Surfaces in White Supremacist Election Interference Trial, Unicorn Riot, March 23, 2023.
  10. The criminal complaint filed against Mackey, pg. 21.
  11. Alt-Right Celebrity @Ricky_Vaughn99 Suspended From Twitter, the Southern Poverty Law Center, October 6, 2016.
  12. The Alt-Right Continues To Disintegrate After White Nationalist Troll ‘Ricky Vaughn’ Gets Unmasked, Angry White Men, April 6, 2018.
  13. Douglass Mackey ’11, far-right troll, arrested for 2016 election interference, The Middlebury Campus, February 4, 2021.
  14. Twitter Troll Tricked 4,900 Democrats in Vote-by-Phone Scheme, U.S. Says, The New York Times (via, January 27, 2021.