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Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as Diamond & Silk, are an American vlogging and conservative commentary sister duo who 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.[1] They both believed him to be someone who would work for African-American people and would "actually get stuff done."[2] 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,[3] and serving as the opening speakers at a rally in Biloxi, Mississippi on January 2, 2016.[4] They encouraged Democrats and Independents to vote for Trump with a "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."[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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[15], 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."[16]

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.[17]

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."[18]

References[edit]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-piJWc_6Lqc
  2. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/proud-donald-trump-supporting-sister-act-diamond-silk/story?id=38166582
  3. https://guardianlv.com/2015/12/donald-trump-supporters-diamond-and-silk-a-comedy-act/
  4. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/video-stump-for-trump-duo-rock-capacity-crowd-at-ms-rally/
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARJLtwoxIrw&feature=share
  6. https://www.thedailybeast.com/ted-cruz-leaps-to-diamond-and-silks-defense-during-facebook-hearing
  7. 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
  8. http://www.newsweek.com/fox-and-friends-diamond-and-silk-liken-democrats-slave-owners-904054
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/us/politics/diamond-silk-facebook.html
  10. http://www.theamericanmirror.com/diamond-and-silk-does-nra-no-more-slave-mentality-walk-off-that-democratic-plantation/
  11. https://www.thewrap.com/diamond-silk-whoopi-goldberg-should-try-waterboarding-before-she-criticizes-it/
  12. https://ijr.com/2018/05/1096826-diamond-silk-spike-lee-trump/
  13. https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/diamond-and-silk-obama-terrible-race-relations-what-has-he-done-african
  14. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-donald-trump-supporters-diamond-silk-white-nationalist_us_56f445cce4b0a37218197950
  15. http://uk.businessinsider.com/diamond-and-silk-facebook-censorship-testimony-2018-4?r=US&IR=T
  16. http://www.newsweek.com/diamond-and-silk-facebook-zuckerberg-882332
  17. https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/diamond-and-silk-testified-before-congress-yelled-a-bunch.html
  18. https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/did-diamond-and-silk-actually-lie-under-oath.html