Back in July, Cain passed away at 74 years old after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. As a Republican, Cain was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve Board. Despite his nomination being withdrawn, Cain continued to spew pro-Trump politics and one of his last major appearances was at a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The former business executive tweeted a photo of himself at the event and he was surrounded by other attendees, none of whom were sporting a mask or protective gear in the photo. “Here’s just a few of the #BlackVoicesForTrump at tonight’s rally! Having a fantastic time,” he wrote in the tweet.
Less than two weeks later, Cain was diagnosed with the coronavirus and later hospitalized. The Trump campaign claimed that the rally crowd had their temperatures checked upon entry, and masks and hand sanitizers were distributed but not required for use. In a July 2 statement, Cain’s camp said “There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.” By July 30, Cain was dead at 74.
However, by Wednesday evening, the dead seemed to be “resurrected” because Cain’s Twitter account made time to tweet an article from the HermanCain.com site promoting a Trump campaign ad that bashes Joe Biden. “Just in case you thought Biden’s candidacy was going to be anything other than completely nuts, team Trump has released a new video,” the tweet was captioned.
When the tweet was first sent out on Wednesday evening, the Twitter account was still under Herman Cain’s name and it was accompanied by his picture. This left many folks baffled at how Cain was tweeting from beyond the grave.
“Aren’t you dead?” comedian David Alan Grier tweeted in response.
“Oh! And here I thought only Lazarus & Jesus were the only ones resurrected from the grave…I stand corrected,” teased another Twitter user @DarleneATL.
Granted, the Herman Cain Twitter account has continued tweeting since Cain’s death, but the tweets were mostly made up of tributes and reflections on Cain’s life. With the account’s tweet about Biden, it was clear that the Republican brand was back on the offense with pro-Trump politics.
By Thursday morning, Herman McCain’s name on Twitter was changed to “The Cain Gang” and the words were reproduced via graphic text for the Twitter account’s photo.
According to an August 11 post from Cain’s daughter, Dr. Melanie Cain Gallo, on his website:
“We’ve decided here at Cain HQ that we will go on using this platform to share the information and ideas he believed in.”
“The site and our social media platforms will now go under the name The Cain Gang. Dad came up with this name himself. He truly valued the sharp, creative, insightful minds of his editorial team and he would not want them to stop doing what they do best!”
Dr. Cain Gallo went on to say that the “voices” of the Cain Gang will include HermanCain.com editor Dan Calabrese, writer Robert Laurie, Michelle Cohl as managing editor, and Dr. Cain Gallo as another writer.
“We are his team, and he’ll always be our leader. He would have wanted us to do this,” Dr. Cain Gallo ended her post. “And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
People on Twitter still came through with some hilarious tweets concerning Cain’s revived social media. It might’ve been a good idea to change the picture and name of the deceased before rebranding, no?
Check out the commentary below.
Have they even buried Herman Cain yet and they're already using his twitter account?— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) August 13, 2020
Herman Cain as soon as they announced Biden chose a black woman as running mate pic.twitter.com/lNWfL7uEPl— Deepak Okra (@EasyStreetKeys) August 13, 2020
Herman Cain really going all out for the lead in the 'Ghost Dad' sequel pic.twitter.com/ah2MEBxrvV— Rickie (@ImRickieM) August 13, 2020
Herman Cain left behind a box of demo tweets that are being remixed and released by his label.— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 13, 2020
I don't know what's worse: That Herman Cain's staff wants us to think he's undead, or that they think people should listen to the political opinions of the undead. Either way, what a bunch of ghouls, especially since Trump got their boss killed. https://t.co/hf1rHGTcgD— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) August 13, 2020
So Herman Cain died two weeks ago. Who knew you could tweet from wherever he went? @TwitterSupport @Twitter man I'm taking my account to heaven so I can continue my snarky remarks. https://t.co/2JJ8uEP8S0— orange satan didn't steal enough votes (@gkellzb) August 13, 2020
Herman Cain be tweeting like: pic.twitter.com/P3QgfjvBUV— Veronica McDonald🗣 (@Purify_toast17) August 13, 2020
very kind of the Trump administration to use the dragon balls to bring Herman Cain back— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) August 13, 2020
Nobody:— Mays Gilliam For President. (@SanchezPavlov) August 13, 2020
Herman Cain: pic.twitter.com/Dh85gpaFBr
Herman Cain died of coronavirus but continues to support the trump administration (even though they killed him) from beyond the grave https://t.co/KY4t5nNyGu— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) August 13, 2020
This is literally his family trying to monetize his social media accounts. Truly wild.— Ben O'Keefe (he/him) (@benjaminokeefe) August 13, 2020