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Former GOP Official Claims To Be Gay Black Trump Supporter; Scrambles To Explain

A Republican who used to be the County Commissioner in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and ran for Congress this year, is being called out for claiming to be a gay Black Trump supporter. Now he’s scrambling to explain “context” of the tweet.

Meet Dean Browning. According to his official campaign site, he’s a “proudly pro-life and pro-2nd amendment Christian conservative.” According to Ballotpedia, he was a close second (of two candidates) in the GOP primary for Pennsylvania’s 7th District’s Congressional seat.

[Screenshot via Dean Browning/Twitter]

And according to a tweet he’s since deleted, he’s a gay Black man whose life was better under Trump’s presidency, and worse during the Obama years.

Dean Browning, gay Black Trumper
[Screenshot via Dean Browning/Twitter]

“I’m a [B]lack 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 [D]emocrats are involved,” he claimed.

He’s being called out for it widely and accused of holding a second account, a ‘sock puppet’ in which he pretends to be a Black man. Twitter recently purged a mass of fake accounts that were created to pretend to be Black Trump supporters, so users are very aware that this is a tactic that has been used to try to portray Trump as a good choice for minorities.

Browning responded to the criticism by claiming that it was a message he’d received from a constituent, and that he just accidentally completely forgot to use quotation marks or in any other way explain this.

(Nobody is buying it.)

In fact, fact-checker Brooke Binkowski seems to have found what could be Browning’s second account — with a cartoon Black man as a profile pic, the account seems to reply supportively to an awful lot of Browning’s tweets, and has only existed on Twitter since October.



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