Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for the resignation of US Attorney General Merrick Garland and for criminal charges against Douglass Mackey, also known as Ricky Vaughn, to be dropped. Mackey is facing criminal charges for posting a meme instructing voters to cast their ballots for the 2016 election via text, which is not possible.
In a letter addressed to Garland, Greene expressed her profound dismay at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) case against Mackey, stating that he is being charged with a subset of the enforcement act of 1870, also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act.
Greene argued that the charge against Mackey is not only laughable but a clear indication that the DOJ does not have a sound grasp on how to interpret the law.
She contended that the law Mr. Mackey is accused of violating is clearly intended to criminalize physical violence and intimidation used to prevent people from exercising their rights as outlined in the Constitution, not for the sharing of memes on social media.
Greene speculated that the DOJ is deliberately contorting this statute to apply to the free speech exercise by individuals with dissenting political views.
She slammed Garland for the DOJ’s tactics, stating that they are nothing new since his appointment as Attorney General. She argued that the DOJ seems intent on criminalizing disinformation, a legally undefined term, in order to squash freedom of speech.
In addition, Greene called on Garland to order the DOJ to drop its charges against Douglas Mackey and to immediately thereafter resign as Attorney General of the United States.