Diamond & Silk

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What is the definition of white supremacist? You don’t know, do you? Why would you talk that?” I'm tired of you all playing the race card. Stop calling everybody a racist.
—Diamond & Silk, defending racist Steve King at a press conference[1]

Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as Diamond & Silk, an American vlogging and conservative-commentary sister-duo, are currently two of Donald Trump's most visible fangirls. They have a considerable presence on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, among others.

All onboard the Trump Train![edit]

The daughters of a pair of televangelists based out of North Carolina, Hardaway and Richardson were actually both Democrats originally, but Donald Trump's presidential campaign caused them both to immediately switch over to the Republican Party in 2015.[2] They both believed him to be someone who would work for African-American people and would "actually get stuff done."[3] And they've been rabid Trump supporters ever since.

Though the two sisters were never officially a part of the Trump Campaign, they have made appearances at several of his rallies, notably joining him onstage in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 4, 2015,[4] and serving as the opening speakers at a rally in Biloxi, Mississippi on January 2, 2016.[5] They encouraged Democrats and Independents to vote for Trump with a bait and switch "Ditch and Switch" campaign.

Right-wing media darlings[edit]

Being associated with Trump gave Diamond & Silk the wingnut stamp of approval. They've been omnipresent on conservative news media, becoming Fox News regulars and being interviewed by the likes of Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. They've also appeared on Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Newsmax, TheBlaze, CNS News, and InfoWars, being interviewed by Alex Jones himself.

They've also been interviewed by Tomi Lahren and Milo Yiannopoulos.

In March 2016, Diamond & Silk got into a small spat with Rush Limbaugh, who was not aware that the two sisters had switched over to the Republican Party and, because he thought they were still Democrats, made an implication on his show that their support for Trump wasn't genuine. They sent him an open message via a YouTube video to "set him straight" where they confirmed that they had indeed become Republicans but kept it quiet to avoid drawing too much attention from the "GOP establishment" and the "mainstream media."[6] Limbaugh would later retract his statements and congratulated the two for their mission to convert Democrats to Republicans.

Senator Ted Cruz has apparently also become a fan of theirs.[7]

You gotta get off the plantation, I tell ya![edit]

Diamond & Silk's pro-Trump rhetoric comes with large dollops of anti-Democrat bullshit. Their primary argument is that the Democratic Party is a "plantation" that represses African-American voters who hold different opinions, and that the silent majority need to fight back by supporting Trump.[8] They seem to be convinced that the Democratic Party is trying to "condition" black people into hating the Republican Party so they can keep voting Democrat.[9]

They present themselves as primary examples of why Trump totally isn't racist: "How could Trump have a race problem when these two vibrant, independent black women like him so much?" They think anyone who dares to call Trump a racist is wrong, and anyone who calls them out for supporting him are the actual racists.

More wingnuttery[edit]

It's all a leftist plot![edit]

In April 2018, Diamond & Silk claimed that some of their content on Facebook had been flagged as "unsafe to the community" and also suggested that YouTube blocked some of their content because of their support for Donald Trump. These claims originated from Mark Zuckerberg's congressional hearing in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Joe Barton and Senator Ted Cruz accused Zuckerberg of deliberately censoring Diamond & Silk, with Barton in particular claiming that Zuckerberg was targeting conservative bloggers such as Diamond & Silk. Zuckerberg said that it was a mistake and that his team personally contacted the two.

In truth, there has been no evidence that any of this has ever happened, and the censorship claims have since been debunked by CNN and Business Insider[16], but the sisters persist that it has. They posted a video on YouTube telling off Zuckerberg, claiming that there was nothing "unsafe" about two black women supporting [their] president (to be fair to them, they're not even wrong) and that they weren't "terrorists."[17]

Diamond & Silk go to Washington[edit]

Diamond & Silk appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on April 26, 2018 in a hearing about alleged filtering practices of social media. Mostly, they just did a lot of yelling about fake news, liberal bias, and how the whole hearing was stupid and pointless.[18]

Oh, and they lied under oath. When asked if they ever received money from the Trump Campaign, they said they didn't. However, a Federal Election Commission filing showed that the Trump Campaign had, in fact, paid the sisters $1,275 in November 2016 for "field consulting."[19]

They gave a press conference with white nationalist Representative Steve King in 2019 in support of the "so-called Diamond and Silk Act — designed to shift funds from sanctuary cities to homeless veterans — but really King needed them to inoculate him from the whole racism thing."[1]

Coronavirus Claims[edit]

Diamond & Silk began promoting conspiracy theories and disinformation about the coronavirus. In response to this Fox News has officially cut ties with the MAGA duo, “After what they’ve said and tweeted you won’t be seeing them on Fox Nation or Fox News anytime soon,” a source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.[20] Similarly to other Fox pundits fired for being spreading bullshit that was actually too libelous for Fox News, Diamond and Silk found a new home with Newsmax [21].

Supporting Trump's bullshit election fraud claims[edit]

In late 2020, Diamond and Silk were one of the more notorious "superspreaders" on social media of misinformation that attempted to support Donald Trump's bullshit 2020 "election fraud" claims.[22] On December 11 2020, after the Supreme Court dismissed one of Trump's bizarre lawsuits seeking to overturn the election, Diamond and Silk actually called for the military to intervene, calling the fair and free election Joe Biden had won a "coup". [23][24]

Of course, when a mob (including some notable alt-right personalities) actually attempted a coup on January 6, 2021, Diamond and Silk tweeted, perhaps a little shocked by the turn of events, that "Americans who love this country would never destroy it. Violence is never the answer!" [25] (Predictably, though, their very next tweet engaged in some whataboutism whining about Black Lives Matter protests earlier that summer.)[26]

On March 26 2021, having learned nothing from the above events, in a "discussion" with obscure pundit David BrodyWikipedia on an even more obscure [note 1] conservative outlet called "Real America's Voice", Diamond and Silk were still supporting Trump's election fraud bullshit, and were still calling for "the military to step in and take over" Joe Biden's government and "get to the bottom of" the 2020 presidential election. [27]

Notes[edit]

  1. As of March 29, 2021, not even notable enough for a Wikipedia entry

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Steve King’s proof he’s not racist? Diamond and Silk. by Dana Milbank (June 12, 2019) The Washington Post.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-piJWc_6Lqc
  3. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/proud-donald-trump-supporting-sister-act-diamond-silk/story?id=38166582
  4. https://guardianlv.com/2015/12/donald-trump-supporters-diamond-and-silk-a-comedy-act/
  5. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/video-stump-for-trump-duo-rock-capacity-crowd-at-ms-rally/
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARJLtwoxIrw&feature=share
  7. https://www.thedailybeast.com/ted-cruz-leaps-to-diamond-and-silks-defense-during-facebook-hearing
  8. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/diamond-and-silk-how-two-small-town-north-carolina-sisters-found-fame-as-trump-fans/2018/04/26/1de3f50a-4723-11e8-9072-f6d4bc32f223_story.html?utm_term=.70dd7dbbe217
  9. http://www.newsweek.com/fox-and-friends-diamond-and-silk-liken-democrats-slave-owners-904054
  10. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/us/politics/diamond-silk-facebook.html
  11. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/diamond-and-silk-does-nra-no-more-slave-mentality-walk-off-that-democratic-plantation/
  12. https://www.thewrap.com/diamond-silk-whoopi-goldberg-should-try-waterboarding-before-she-criticizes-it/
  13. https://ijr.com/2018/05/1096826-diamond-silk-spike-lee-trump/
  14. https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/diamond-and-silk-obama-terrible-race-relations-what-has-he-done-african
  15. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-donald-trump-supporters-diamond-silk-white-nationalist_us_56f445cce4b0a37218197950
  16. http://uk.businessinsider.com/diamond-and-silk-facebook-censorship-testimony-2018-4?r=US&IR=T
  17. http://www.newsweek.com/diamond-and-silk-facebook-zuckerberg-882332
  18. https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/diamond-and-silk-testified-before-congress-yelled-a-bunch.html
  19. https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/did-diamond-and-silk-actually-lie-under-oath.html
  20. https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-cuts-ties-with-diamond-and-silk
  21. "Newsmax has emerged as a landing spot for cable news personalities in need of a new home" by Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, 2020 August 12
  22. "How Misinformation ‘Superspreaders’ Seed False Election Theories" by Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, 2020 November 23
  23. "Imploding MAGA World Turns to Civil War Fantasies, Secession After Supreme Court Disaster" by Alaina Demopoulos, Daily Beast, 2020 December 12
  24. "Trying to overthrow the Government by exploiting a Pandemic, thus implementing rules that break our election laws, is unconstitutional. If the DOJ and the FBI can't do their jobs, then where is the Military? This is a Coup!", @DiamondandSilk, Twitter, tweeted on 2020 December 11, archived on 2021 March 29
  25. "'Assault on democracy': Lady Gaga, Meghan McCain, Cardi B and more react to Capitol riots" by Charles Trepany, USA Today, 2021 January 6
  26. "The DC Mayor is calling for law and order. Where was she at when BLM and Antifa was destroying DC over the summer?", @DiamondandSilk, Twitter, tweeted on 2021 Jan 6, archived on 2021 March 29
  27. "Diamond and Silk Urge Military to Remove Biden, Say Otherwise U.S. Will Go 'to Hell in a Handbasket'" by Aila Slisco, Newsweek, 2021 March 26