Diamond And Silk Appear To Lie During House Judiciary Committee Hearing


The pair Thursday morning testified to Congress about what they claim is censorship by Facebook of conservative voices. The two emphatically denied receiving any payments.

"We've never been paid by the Trump campaign", Hardaway concurred.

"Not $5?" Jackson-Lee followed up. Lee pressed. "Not $1,274.94?"

The Trump campaign's official FEC filing shows that they did in fact pay the women for "Field Consulting" in November 2016.

At one point, Jeffries reminded the sisters that they were under oath under penalty of perjury.

He sparked another fiery response from the duo, whose real names are Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, after delving into Trump's alleged suggestion that they monetize their support for him. Specifically, they claim that Facebook had incorrectly labeled their page as "very liberal", which meant their page did not surface on pages of their conservative fans and resulted in them not being able to attract advertising from marketers trying to reach conservatives.

"We have communicated directly with Diamond And Silk about this issue".

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North Carolina natives, Diamond and Silk rose to prominence through their Facebook page, where they offered pro-Trump commentary during the 2016 campaign.

Jeffries concluded his short feud with the self-proclaimed "most outspoken and loyal" Trump supporters by saying, "I respect your game". They now have almost 150,000 subscribers on YouTube and several of their videos have been viewed over a million times each. Trump has long lauded the pair, inviting them to his campaign rallies and to the White House for Oval Office visits.

During the hearing, they exhibited the same mixture of indignation and ultra-conservative politics that have made them famous.

As ThinkProgress previously reported, the claim that Diamond and Silk were "censored" or "blocked" on Facebook is false.

In tense exchanges with representative Hakeem Jeffries of NY and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, the women also denied having ever been paid by the Trump campaign.

"People's lives and livelihood has been damaged from what these giant techs do", Ms. Hardaway said. On Aug. 14, 2016, Hardaway and Richardson received $7,025 in payments from the campaign of Republican businessman Paul Nehlen, according to the FEC.

"I respect your game", Jeffries replied. Several days later, the pair endorsed Nehlen's campaign.