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.
To get a sense of how powerful the account was, consider this: The MIT Media Lab named him to its list of top 150 influencers on the election, based on news appearances and social media impact. He finished ahead of NBC News, Drudge Report and Stephen Colbert.— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) April 5, 2018
One question on people's mind was if the white supremacists are so proud, why do they hide?
If you have to hide anonymously online to spread your views, then you're probably wrong.— TJ Reynolds (@Zenolds) April 5, 2018
He's so proud of the hatred and destruction he imparted within our Country that he hides his real identity. Why is it these guys hid behind false identities or disguises?— Rebekah Conner (@arcticmother) April 6, 2018
Why is it guys who express themselves as he has hide their identity? He's a coward and the kind of guy you never let get behind you. Great reporting!— brian wise (@bridwise) April 5, 2018
I wish him more difficult times.
Many thought the doxxing was well deserved.
Have been reliably informed that Paul Nehlen just doxxed "Ricky Vaughn" over on Gab and if that statement makes no sense whatsoever to you, gentle reader, be grateful for your unfamiliarity with alt-right/anti-semite social media.— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) April 2, 2018
This guy, Douglass Mackey, 28, went to Middlebury, son of lobbyist Scott Mackey, lives in Manhattan. He’s a Nazi with a huge following. Don’t let him hide in plain view any longer. Don’t make the mistake Quinn Norton made. No quarter for these people. pic.twitter.com/HkSfa3Pour— David Klion (@DavidKlion) April 5, 2018
There was zero sympathy for his privileged life.
He’s a real big burly dude who grew up on hard times and bad decisions on the tough streets of Vermont and Manhattan. He slummed his way thru private school and was forced into the life of Alt-Reich nazism. AKA, Douglass Mackey. pic.twitter.com/DsKe0mDTTy— Erin Stirnaman (@erinstirnaman) April 6, 2018
So, Douglass Mackey aka "Ricky Vaughn" is living off of mommy and daddy's money in the center of one of the most liberal, diversified, Jewish, pro-gay rights cities in the country. Conflicted much Ricky?— ♣RR#9♣ (@Elgirrl) April 6, 2018