The Twitter account of a recently deceased US political activist who died of COVID-19 has come back to life to criticise recently announced vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Herman Cain sought the Republican nomination for US President in 2000 and almost pursued it again in 2012.
His second effort looked promising as a Black Republican who would have run against Barack Obama, but he abandoned the attempt towards the end of 2011 when several women came out accusing him of sexual harassment and cheating on his wife.
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Mr Cain was also a key figure in the Tea Party movement, which pushed for extreme fiscal conservatism even by Republican standards.
On July 30 he died of COVID-19, after being sick for several weeks and a little over a month after being photographed at a Trump Rally controversially held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, without a mask or much consideration for social distancing.
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But on Thursday his verified Twitter account began tweeting, sharing articles from his eponymous website and spooking a lot of people.
It soon became apparent what was happening, as his daughter explained in a pinned tweet on the account.
“The mission continues,” the post said, linking to an article on the Herman Cain website from Melanie Cain Gallo.
“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,” she wrote.
“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. We had hoped he could enjoy reading it in his retirement, but he made it clear he wanted it to go on,” Ms Cain Gallo said.
She announced the site and all its social media accounts would be renamed The Cain Gang, a name she said her dad came up with.
The account then added that while the website’s domain name is hermancain.com, the four-strong team of writers and editors are “also individuals” with their own views and ideas (but that are mostly at least somewhat aligned with Mr Cain’s).
On Twitter this attracted much criticism from people who did not agree with Cain’s ideas.