One Of The Election’s Most Influential Trump Twitter Trolls Gets Unmasked: The Man Behind ‘Ricky Vaughn’

The Huffington Post is reporting the real  identity of alt-right/white nationalist Twitter account user Ricky Vaughn, has been outed by fellow white supremist Paul Nehlen, a congressional candidate, challenging Republican Paul Ryan in the 2018 Republican primary for Ryan’s seat. Nehlen has been heavily condemned for posting ant-semitic content online and has been banned permanently from Twitter.

After getting into an online spat with Ricky Vaughn on Gab, a social media site popular with white supremacists, Nehlen, disclosed Vaughn’s true identity. His name is Douglass Mackey, a 28-year-old, college graduate who lives in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Mackey grew up in the small town of Waterbury, Vermont. His father is a lobbyist and former aid to, now deceased, Republican Senator Jim Jeffords. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center described the beginnings of the dispute between on their website:

 The alleged dox appears to have grown out of a running spat between white supremacist Christopher Cantwell and infamous neo-Nazi troll Andrew “weev” Auernheimer. Weev has accused Cantwell of being a federal informant and Cantwell has responded by accusing weev of colluding with @Ricky_Vaughn99 to deliberately split the far-right movement between “vanguardists,” i.e. those who advocate for militant street action, and “mainstreamers,” embodied by Vaughn. 

This initial fight split the White Nationalist/Alt-Right into two groups. On one side were the extremist who wanted to continue taking their message to the streets, like the Charlottesville riots and on the other side, those like Mackey who wanted to take a more tech approach by pushing increasing propaganda online. On Monday, this argument boiled over leading Nehlen to share Vaughn/Mackey’s true identity. 

Lydia Polgreen, Editor in Chief at Huffington Post, took to Twitter in a series of tweets breaking down the full story. 

One question on people’s mind was if the white supremacists are so proud, why do they hide?

Many thought the doxxing was well deserved. 

There was zero sympathy for his privileged life. 

H/T: Huffington Post, Southern Poverty Law Center