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Dean Browning’s “I’m A Black Gay Guy” Tweet refers to a tweet from white, Pennsylvania Republican congressional candidate Dean Browning that proclaims “I’m a black gay guy” and goes on to criticize Barack Obama and Democrats. Browning insisted he was copying a message from a follower, but most onlookers believed he had accidentally tweeted from his main account and meant to tweet from an alternative account he’d created to criticize Democrats as a black gay man. Twitter users suspect that the alternate account is @DanPurdy322, a user whose account was created shortly before the incident and often replies to Browning’s tweets clarifying “I’m a black gay guy.”


On November 10th, 2020, Dean Browning, a white, former Republican congressional candidate in Pennsylvania, tweeted, “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 democrats are involved.”


Shortly after the tweet was discovered, it began spreading widely on Twitter as users suspected that Browning had meant to tweet from an alternative account in which he poses as a gay black republican. Twitter user @JacobRubashkin pointed out that Browning was relatively close to winning his primary, gaining over 6,600 retweets and 15,000 likes (shown below, left). User @AwexWane declared Browning was Twitter’s Main Character for the day, gaining over 120 retweets and 500 likes (shown below, right).

Browning defended himself by saying he was quoting a message he’d gotten from a follower (shown below).

Dean Browning @DeanBrowningPA 000 Regarding the tweet that is going viral from my account -I was quoting a message that I received earlier this week from a follower. Sorry if context was not clear. Trump received record minority votes & record LGBTQ votes. Many people won't say it vocally, but do in private. 4:07 PM · Nov 10, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Text Font Line

The existence of a suspected alternative, “sock puppet” account appeared to be confirmed when Twitter users discovered the account “@DanPurdy322,” whose account was created in October of 2020 and often responds to Browning’s tweets supporting him. User @fart noted that it appeared the @DanPurdy322 account used to belong to a user named “soulcookie322” who was a white guy with the aliases “Pat Riarchy” and “White Goodman.”

Philip Bump @pbump 000 You know who replies to Dean Browning a lot? "Dan Purdy," a gay black Trump supporter who joined Twitter in October. @DanPurdy322 Dan Purdy @DanPurdy322 1. Arizona + PA = MAGA 2020 000 2. Nevada + PA = MAGA 2020 to @noahmichelson 3. NV + AZ + PA = MAGA 2020 ack and gay and I find it disturbing that you think own personal and biased needs should come before or EVERYONE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY. My sister is Do and she seems to feel the same way but WHY? makes either of you so special? Wisconsin or Michigan are not needed. Arizona is not called yet and Nevada is very winnable. In any case, court time! O 35 17 302 941 Dan Purdy @DanPurdy322 · Nov 4 000 Yeah except all the courts are biased too! 1. Oct 29, 2020 - Twitter for iPhone Dean Browning O @DeanBrowningPA Nov 7 Can somebody PLEASE tell Lindsey Graham what team he's playing for and who just put him back into office? Dean Browning @DeanBrowning No one would be complaining if Bide 27 467 M 1.9K Chiefs Fan @ArrowheadPride1 - Nov 7 52 27 254 000 He is donating 500k to Trump. What you mean? O 11 Dan Purdy @DanPurdy322 Nov 7 I think he means because he wants to work with democrats to give amnesty to illegals - exactly the opposite of what the country needs right now. Tucker did a piece on it last night. Dan Purdy @DanPurdy322 · Nov 6 I would. 00 t7 3 Text Font Line food truck drove away with my debit card @fart 00 so from googling it would appear @deanbrowningpa's black guy identity "Dan Purdy" was also once used on the suspended account @soulcookie322. but before that account became Dan Purdy, it was a white guy named "Pat Riarchy" and "White Goodman". dean is really something else Pat Riarchy @soulcookie322· 2d Love how this stupid virus is destroying everything I hate. No more movies no more concerts no more sports and no more DISNEY!!! Twitter 400 x 400 口 Twitter O Twitter 口 Purdy (@soulcookie322) | Twitter White Goodman (@soulcookie322) | Twitter s may be subject to copyright. Learn More Images may be subject to copyright. Learn More 4:21 PM · Nov 10, 2020 · Twitter Web App Text Media Technology

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