Just so you know, we will always have our Presidents back.— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) March 24, 2018
"Don't Get It Twisted!"
(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) pic.twitter.com/d5YwEqbT3g
Two online personalities who are decidedly supporters of President Donald Trump likely committed perjury during a Congressional hearing in Washington on Thursday.
Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson — better known as “Diamond and Silk” — are two sisters who have produced several online videos expressing their admiration of Trump, both as a candidate during his presidential campaign and after he assumed office.
They appeared in Congress on Thursday to discuss allegations regarding Facebook censoring their content from being seen on the social media platform. Facebook for its part alleged that, once they became aware of the “enforcement error,” they made efforts to contact the duo in order to rectify the problem. Diamond and Silk said that no such contact was ever made, although documents produced by Facebook showed otherwise.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) spoke out against the need for the hearing in the first place.
“This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing,” he said.
he First Amendment, Lieu pointed out, doesn’t restrict private businesses from regulating speech.
Ted Lieu on the social media hearing featuring Diamond and Silk: "This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/2LkkBq1HYM— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 26, 2018
The credibility of Diamond and Silk was already tainted by their apparent lies over whether or not they had been contacted by Facebook. But during testimony on Thursday, their dishonesty came through in more evident ways.
Asked if they had ever been paid by the Trump campaign, Diamond responded — several times — that the two had never received any payment from Trump. But that statement was clearly a lie.
Do you want to see someone commit perjury five times in 30 seconds?— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) April 26, 2018
Watch this video of Diamond and Silk testify, under oath, that they never were paid by the Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/ckoiD1jsrp
Federal Election Commission filings show that the two received $1,274.94 directly from the Trump campaign.
Diamond and Silk are claiming in their House hearing right now that they've never been paid by the Trump campaign. But the Trump campaign FEC filing disagrees! https://t.co/Fu6VrmXm66 pic.twitter.com/S2iJI3IX8I— Will Sommer (@willsommer) April 26, 2018
There is clearly a disconnect between Diamond and Silk and reality when it comes to their connection to the president. Their lies in Congress today could get them into serious legal troubles — large fines and up to five years in prison if the offense is serious enough.
Their decision to purposely mislead Congress was a dumb move to make as well. The members before them had access to the documents, and it should have been clear that they were asking that question for a reason.
Diamond and Silk clearly have a penchant for lying and misleading anyone who will listen to them, so long as it benefits their ends — much like how a certain president they admire also has a passion for telling lies and making misleading statements to the American people.
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