Herman Cain’s Twitter Account Attacks Joe Biden, Kamala Harris — Two Weeks After His Death
A tweet from Herman Cain’s verified account on Thursday, August 13, lashed out at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, calling the campaign “completely nuts” and promoting a Trump campaign ad. The biggest problem with this? Herman Cain had died on July 30, two full weeks before.
Herman Cain’s verified account has tweeted several times since his death. The account’s name has been changed to ‘The Cain Gang,’ though it keeps the same handle, @THEHermanCain. Immediately after Cain’s death of COVID-19, possibly contracted at a mask-free Trump rally, the account tweeted a link to Cain’s website, eulogizing him. The account’s description makes it clear that it has been taken over by family and others.
Official Twitter for Team Cain. Formerly run by Herman Cain, now supervised by his daughter team and family. The mission continues.
A post on Cain’s website Thursday explained this further.
Hello. I’m Dr. Melanie Cain Gallo, and I am proud to say that Herman Cain was my dad. He believed in using his voice to teach, enlighten and give hope. It’s one of the ways he used this web site every day, and he wouldn’t have wanted that work to stop with his passing…So we will continue. We’ve decided here at Cain HQ that we will go on using this platform to share the information and ideas he believed in. He often talked about the site going on once he was ready to step away from it.
However, on Twitter, it was clear that people found the sudden posts in Cain’s name, especially before the account name was changed, jarring an inappropriate.
Herman Cain died from COVID-19 two weeks ago. Why is he still tweeting? pic.twitter.com/12C41Ztw2i
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) August 13, 2020
While a lot of people found the tweets amusing and piled on jokes about the right-wing getting both the ‘birthers’ and the ‘deathers,’ the predominant sentiment appeared to be that it’s ghoulish and disrespectful to use an account of a man who died to continue promoting the same agenda that allowed the virus that killed him to flourish.
The Republicans have been accusing Democrats of gathering votes from the cemetery.
But they are utterly silent as Herman Cain continues to campaign for the president over a week after his death.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.
— OlderButOpen🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@HaydenJ81439319) August 13, 2020
So Herman Cain is tweeting again. Can we start a deather movement and demand to see his death certificate?
— The Drake 🇺🇸🇨🇦🏴☠️ (@if_you_see_kaye) August 13, 2020
The whole Herman Cain thing just reveals how ghoulish, bizarre, and inhuman the modern Right has become.
The man died unnecessarily going to an underwhelming rally, was completely forgotten by his own party, and then his name and social media cultivated for profit.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 13, 2020
The MAGA regime is using Herman Cain’s verified account weeks after killing him to post propaganda for themselves on behalf of someone who’s now dead because of them. It doesn’t get more ghoulish unless they decide to use his remains too.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 13, 2020
Thank you, Herman Cain, for tweeting from beyond the grave to support me! That's next-level devotion after you already killed yourself for your cult leader. Sorry I couldn't be bothered to attend your funeral. https://t.co/DxEVcaXwaM
— Donald J. Drumpf (@RealDonalDrumpf) August 13, 2020
There are also calls for Twitter to at least remove Cain’s verified checkmark, since it’s clearly no longer him tweeting.
The verified account owner of @THEHermanCain is very much dead.
Disable the account or strip it of its verification. https://t.co/jlFNplcwhR
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 13, 2020
1) Herman Cain died from exposure to the coronavirus weeks ago.
2) Herman Cain's verified @twitter account tweets pro-trump information.
3) Account info changed to The Cain Gang.
4) @jack, how is it still a verified account? pic.twitter.com/weHAowJ1vK
— Aquatic Ecologist (@H2OEcologist) August 13, 2020
Herman Cain was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, and before his death, he attended the Tulsa rally for which Trump has been so roundly criticized. That rally has been associated with a surge of new cases in Oklahoma at the time, in late June. It’s not verified that Cain contracted the virus at that event, though his illness and death followed it closely.