Far-right influencer convicted in 2016 voter suppression scheme
Douglass Mackey, a right-wing influencer from West Palm Beach, Florida, was convicted last week on charges that he allegedly conspired to deprive citizens of their right to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Mackey, along with several other internet influencers, spread fraudulent messages to Hillary Clinton supporters encouraging them to vote via text message or on social media, knowing that these votes would not count in the election. Mackey even edited his social media posts to mirror real advertisements and posts put out by the Hillary Clinton campaign. By election day in 2016, over 4,900 telephone numbers texted “Hillary” or something similar in an attempt to cast their vote to a number that was allegedly spread by Mackey and his co-conspirators.