Surprisingly on Wednesday, Herman Cain, one-time Republican presidential candidate and enthusiastic Trump supporter, abruptly began using his Twitter account and publishing posts, two weeks after Cain died from coronavirus.
One of the first posts was to attack Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who was unveiled as Biden’s running mate on Tuesday. Just after 4:00 PM.
A tweet from @THEHermanCain said, “Just in case you thought Biden’s candidacy was going to be anything other than completely nuts, team Trump has released a new video.”
Then again at 5am on Thursday morning, Cain, seemingly tweeted again, criticizing Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan governor who was also in the running to be Biden’s vice-presidential candidate.
Many twitter users were confused and some were unnerved by the tweets, but shortly before the account began tweeting pro-Trump messaging, it had also posted a little-seen pinned tweet which linked to a clarifying post on Cain’s website as to what was going on.
In the website statement, Cain’s daughter Melanie Cain Gallo said: “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. We had hoped he could enjoy reading it in his retirement, but he made it clear he wanted it to go on.”
His daughter said posts from her father’s accounts “will now go under the name The Cain Gang”, a name Cain apparently chose himself. Though his Twitter handle has not yet changed its name and had lain dormant since his illness in June.
Cain died on 30 July, having been ill with coronavirus for several weeks. A vocal supporter of the president, Cain was co-chair of Black Voices for Trump and was a surrogate for Trump’s campaign.
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