2020 is definitely one of the most ridiculous years ever on record, especially in the world of politics.
While the country is currently watching the lame-duck president, Donald Trump, throw a tantrum on Twitter becuase he just doesn’t want to accept the fact that America handed him his pink slip, a Pennsylvania Republican is caught up in one hell of a conspiracy. Oh, and it involves Patti LaBelle’s nephew/adopted son. Sit back as we unpack this for you.
Pennsylvania Republican Dean Browning — who lost his election — had Twitter scratching their heads and believing he had a “sockpuppet account” when he dropped an interesting tweet that claimed he was a Black gay ex-Democrat.
“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 (sic) are involved.”
Dean Browning, former Lehigh County comissioner who seems to have forgotten to log into his burner account, was about 2,500 votes away from being the GOP's nominee in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional district this year. pic.twitter.com/ftiY68wae6
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) November 10, 2020
Brown swiftly apologizing, claiming that he was “quoting a message” he received from a follower.
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.
— Dean Browning (@DeanBrowningPA) November 10, 2020
Little did Twitter know that tweet would take them down a rabbit hole that would eventually somehow drag Patti LaBelle into this mess. Washington Post reporter Philip Bump discovered for whatever reason that Browning was receiving a lot of tweets from a user name Dan Purdy. Initially, folks believed Dan Purdy was Browning’s “sockpuppet account,” but more digging would reveal that Dan Purdy happens to be LaBelle’s nephew William Holte. She adopted Holte along with his sister following their mother, her sister’s death.
Turns out "Dan Purdy" is run by famous singer Patti LaBelle's son William Holte… pic.twitter.com/NdTEEHN9sJ
— William LeGate 🇺🇸 (@williamlegate) November 10, 2020
In a now-deleted tweet, Browning shared a video of Holte claiming to be Purdy and that he was the one behind the tweets.
so the video was taken down, but here it is in case you want your brain to melt: pic.twitter.com/umGPjt5sN4
— alex (@alex_abads) November 10, 2020
Is your mind blown yet?
Twitter is still trying to process this entire whole mess that unfortunately got Aunt Patti’s name involved. You can see the reactions in the gallery below.
Photo: Getty Images / Getty
White PA Republican’s “I’m Gay Black Ex-Democrat” Tweet Actually Came From Patti LaBelle’s Nephew? was originally published on hiphopwired.com
I truly did not think we'd be able to top Four Seasons Total Landscaping and yet here we are with Patti Labelle's Son Is A Paid Actor Hired To Cover Former Republican Congressional Candidate Dean Browning's Ass After He Tweeted Pretending To Be A Black Man On Main By Accident— sloane (sîpihkopiyesîs) (@cottoncandaddy) November 10, 2020
william holte aka the son of patti labelle aka dan purdy aka dean browning who works at boutique landscape design aka four seasons total landscaping aka this shit is so fucking funny lmaaaooo pic.twitter.com/YSUJ3uDwqV— abs (@tropicanapussy) November 10, 2020
3. You gotta just laugh at this mess.
so you're telling me that Patti LaBelle's son Byl Holte has an alternate Twitter account under the name Dan Purdy, from which he spends most of his time online replying to people who are being mean to Pennsvylania Republican Dean Browning?????— Olivia Messer 🌻 (@OliviaMesser) November 10, 2020
4. Interesting take.
There’s something deeply nefarious about this Dean Browning/Dan Purdy/Patti LaBelle Twitter scandal. It may be a plot to distract us from the slow moving coup.— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) November 10, 2020
Many people are saying that Dean Browning met a black gay guy somewhere near Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and now they share a verified Twitter account. pic.twitter.com/antucrCJVl— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 10, 2020
thinking about dean browning, a straight white trump supporter who pretended to be a “black gay guy” but accidentally tweeted about it from his main account instead of his fake one pic.twitter.com/foF9IWVnmV— matt (@mattjbernstein) November 10, 2020
Dean Browning, Dan Purdy puppet account, Patti LaBelle’s Nephew, Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/2fYlcPSumw— mackenzie O kimmel ye faithful (@ApertureHeart) November 10, 2020
When you forget to switch to your sock account in Tweetdeck. Great job, former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning! Is misrepresenting— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) November 10, 2020
yourself in order to spread disinformation and interfere with democratic elections part of those Christian conservative values too? https://t.co/VSycBT8soM
After losing in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District seat, Dean Browning now spends his time doing digital blackface to drag Obama, lmao https://t.co/t7kOXtyg9G— The White Man Bon Iver (@CharlesPulliam) November 10, 2020