Pennsylvania Republican County Commissioner Dean Browning (of Lehigh County) revealed Tuesday that he may have a fake Twitter account of a gay Black former Democrat that he uses to troll people.
Accidently tweeting on his campaign Twitter account, Browning, who lost in a Congressional primary earlier this year, tweeted that the Democratic Party has never done anything for him.
"I'm a black gay guy and I can personally say that 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 demcorats (sic) are involved," he tweeted.
Dean Browning, former Lehigh County comissioner who seems to have forgotten to log into his burner account, was abo… https://t.co/CBvYgtBsM5— Jacob Rubashkin (@Jacob Rubashkin) 1605041608.0
Washington Post reporter Philip Bump noted that Browning seems to get a lot of replies from a gay Black man named "Dan Purdy," who started his account in October.
His statements as Purdy have been so bad that Bump speculated that Browning will have a lot of explaining to do.
lmao this isn't even Dean Browning's first "Dan Purdy" account. his last one was suspended. via google cache: https://t.co/Fk4nU89rR6— Matt Binder (@Matt Binder) 1605043753.0
Browning attempted to cover for the mistake by saying he was trying to "quote" something that someone said to him. It doesn't track, however, with the gay, Black, ex-Democrat sockpuppet account that he frequently interacts with.
Regarding the tweet that is going viral from my account — I was quoting a message that I received earlier this week… https://t.co/zRzoZJLmNf— Dean Browning (@Dean Browning) 1605042428.0
The problem, of course, is that Browning isn't Black nor is he a former Democrat, it's unknown if he's secretly gay.
The plot thickened when Dan Purdy appeared to post a video to the account saying that he was real. The problem, however, is that the man speaking to the camera looked exactly like Patti LaBelle's nephew Byl Holte known for posting offensive comments to Browning's account. On Instagram, LaBelle referred to him as @byl322 and Purdy's account is @DanPurdy322.
UPDATE: The account has since been suspended by Twitter.
The move brought up former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal, who passed as Black for years before she was outed for lying about it.
4 Seasons Total Landscaping: I am *legit* the best thing to happen on twitter in 2020! Dean Browning Sock Puppet Account: Hold my beer— Dr. Sarah Parcak (@Dr. Sarah Parcak) 1605042415.0
https://t.co/YYiRi4RPjR— G O L D I E. (@G O L D I E.) 1605042104.0
https://t.co/cc5pEkAYMb— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel) 1605041727.0
It appears that Mr. Browning forgot that he was still on his real account and not on his fake one. Oops 😬 https://t.co/d0Snuj2T4t— 🌊🌸Melissa wears a 😷 🇺🇸 (@🌊🌸Melissa wears a 😷 🇺🇸) 1605042076.0
Here is Dean Browning's sockpuppet account. His top Bot Sentinel phrases are interesting. More here:… https://t.co/F2DQk4OZtU— Christopher Bouzy (@Christopher Bouzy) 1605044209.0
A screenshot of SOME of "Dan Purdy's" replies to @DeanBrowningPA in just the past WEEK… "gay black man" Dan Purdy… https://t.co/mVTu01b7K0— William LeGate 🇺🇸 (@William LeGate 🇺🇸) 1605044261.0
Congratulations to Dean Browning, today's main character.— Chris Geidner (@Chris Geidner) 1605042003.0
I’ll give Dean Browning credit. That’s a hell of a way to destroy your career.— Nick Stellini (@Nick Stellini) 1605041789.0
Former Lehigh County commissioner Dean Browning has apparently lived quite a life. https://t.co/TCe5cCubTu— James Santelli, from the union (@James Santelli, from the union) 1605041793.0
When you forget to switch to your sock account in Tweetdeck. Great job, former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Brow… https://t.co/Ic96JHbfNK— Brooke Binkowski (@Brooke Binkowski) 1605041915.0
After losing in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District seat, Dean Browning now spends… https://t.co/ZrzShGPu91— Charles, Space Professional (@Charles, Space Professional) 1605042489.0
I rarely use the phrase “delete your account” but Dean Browning needs to delete all his accounts and never come back here again.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski) 1605043272.0
Dean Browning is many things, but "a black gay guy" probably is not one of them. https://t.co/smoqcUNPFm— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noah Smith 🐇) 1605042116.0
was about to log off until Biden's inauguration day but Dean Browning secured my spot here for at least another week— Shay Spence (@Shay Spence) 1605042552.0
As a young japanese girl, I just want to thank Dean Browning for making Twitter fun again you absolute fucking idiot.— Bad Thought Enthusiast. (@Bad Thought Enthusiast.) 1605043240.0
ok don’t let the dean browning failed burner tweet distract you from his cover photo https://t.co/tfatNPB1lW— katherine fitzgerald 🌵🗞 (@katherine fitzgerald 🌵🗞) 1605041905.0
Wow!!! Dean Browning has said some reprehensible things using his sockpuppet account! https://t.co/kggPkTg7UH— Christopher Bouzy (@Christopher Bouzy) 1605044935.0
Folks, we’re cutting live footage of Dean Browning https://t.co/OpsnxGOLYW— Christina Grace (@Christina Grace) 1605042306.0
Many people are saying that Dean Browning met a black gay guy somewhere near Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and no… https://t.co/ve6wEM7dP7— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1605045336.0
Dean Browning uses racist and inflammatory anti-immigrant language to fire up others. As Lehigh County Commissioner… https://t.co/nPFZT1qWfs— 🎅🏼🎄bah humbug brett 🎄🎅🏼 (@🎅🏼🎄bah humbug brett 🎄🎅🏼) 1605044972.0
Having a bad day? Just remember you're not Congressional candidate, Dean Browning, who slipped up and revealed his… https://t.co/UwSKBipNpd— Jamie Ford (@Jamie Ford) 1605045228.0
Noted "black gay guy" Dan Purdy. DAN PURDY. https://t.co/XBFu5vYAIy— 🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿 (@🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿) 1605045616.0