White Pennsylvania Republican ridiculed after tweeting he's a gay Black ex-Democrat
Dean Browning identifies as Black gay Democrat (Photo: Twitter profile)

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.

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.

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.

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.