By: Sloane Hughes
Hi there! Hello! Did everyone have a good Tuesday? Was it pretty regular and unremarkable now that the election is over and things have started to return to the pandemic new-normal? Well, sorry to inform you that that part of your day is over.
Buckle up, fuckos, shit is about to get so weird.
Okay, for those of you who, like me, are not familiar with minor players in the Republican Party, Dean Browning is a Pennsylvania-based Republican who ran for Congress this year and lost in the primary in June. Today, though, he managed to become one of the most talked about Republicans in the entire country ‘ for the worst, most insane reason.
Earlier today, in response to one of his own tweets, Dean Browning tweeted this.
If you ‘re confused and thinking, Wait, is that Dean Browning, a whole entire blue-eyed white man who is married to a woman, saying that he ‘s a “Black gay guy ‘? Don ‘t worry! You ‘re not having a stroke, that is indeed what ‘s happening here.
So, the question is, what the fuck?
That tweet from Dean Browning seems like it definitely was not intended to come from Dean Browning because, well, it wasn ‘t supposed to come from Dean Browning. As sleuths on Twitter quickly discovered, this exact language matches a different account bearing the name of Dan Purdy and a cartoon of a Black man as the display picture. But how does Dean fit into this? Well, you know all the talk of fake accounts and “Russian bots ‘ out there on Twitter and Facebook whose sole purpose is pushing specific political narratives and agendas? In this case, the call is coming from inside the house.
“Dan Purdy ‘ is a fake, alternate account Dean Browning was using in order to make his extreme right-wing views appear supported and endorsed by the very people they target and threaten the most: People of color, particularly Black people, and the LGBTQ+ community.