Dean Browning, a former Pennsylvanian Republican congressional candidate (who is DEFINITELY a white man) claimed to be a gay Black Trump supporter.
Browning tweeted from his main account,
“I’m a Black gay guy and I can personally say Obama did nothing for me, my life only changed a little bit and it was for the worse.
Everything is so much better under Trump though. I feel respected – which I never do when Democrats are involved.”
The tweet was accompanied by Browning’s profile picture. Hello?!
He quickly deleted it but Twitter users caught it called him for the false claim.
Browning exposed himself using a fake account purporting to be a Black gay Trump supporter, which he forgot to switch to before posting.
Browning had another explanation,
“I was quoting a message that I received earlier this week from a follower.”
Then Washington Post journalist Phillip Bump found the fake account. He included screenshots of Purdy’s frequent replies to Browning and tweeted,
“You know who replies to Dean Browning a lot? ‘Dan Purdy’, a gay Black Trump supporter who joined Twitter in October.”
The profile pic on @DanPurdy322 account was a cartoon of a Black man wearing a beanie as its avatar and a Trump 2020 logo as its header. A quick look through the account revealed a history of racist and sexist remarks, including
“Black people can’t count”
“Black women will be the death of America”.
Then, the plot thickens: the account posted a video of a Black man who claimed to be Dan Purdy himself, and insisted that Browning’s tweet was a real message from him.
“My name is Dan Purdy, and I am indeed a Black, gay man.
Donald Trump has never done anything to hurt me, either as a gay man or as a Black man, nor has he done anything to hurt anybody in the four years he’s been in office because he hasn’t had time to!
So what’s the big deal? I sent that message to Dean, Dean accidentally posted it somehow, that’s the end of the story. No, he’s not a sock puppet. No, I’m not a bot.”
Twitter was not convinced. Commenters accused the man of being a hired actor.
“How much is he paying you?”
The video was viewed more than 200,000 times before Twitter permanently suspended the account for violating the platform’s rules – and then things got even WEIRDER!
Internet detectives (it’s a pandemic, some people have a LOT of time on their hands) uncovered many different names “Dan Purdy” uses online. On LinkedIn he goes by the name William Holte, and on Twitter he’s listed under a suspended account with several other aliases, including “Pat Riarchy” and “White Goodman”.
Dan Purdy’s photos and avatar were traced to the Facebook account of Byl Holte, otherwise known as the adopted son of Patti LaBelle.
Yes, THAT Patti LaBelle!
Someone with the byline Byl Holte HAS written several stories for the website Medium complaining about feminism and anti-racism in the media and he calls himself an
“anti-feminist TV critic.”
Browning, so far, is still sticking to his original story.
so the video was taken down, but here it is in case you want your brain to melt: pic.twitter.com/umGPjt5sN4— alex (@alex_abads) November 10, 2020
(via Pink News)