Trump voices support for Diamond and Silk after Fox News reportedly parts ways with duo
President Trump voiced his support for video bloggers Diamond and Silk on Tuesday, a day after reports that Fox News had severed ties with the two sisters.
The duo — Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson — are staunch Trump supporters and have primarily appeared on Fox Nation, the streaming service launched by the network in 2018.
There have not been any new episodes of their weekly show in recent weeks, and they have not been on air since a March 7 appearance on Fox Business.
The duo took to Twitter on Tuesday and appeared to reference the reports, prompting a show of support from Trump.
“Haters keep saying they hate Diamond and Silk, but you can’t hate what you ain’t never loved!” they wrote to their 1.4 million followers.
Haters keep saying they hate Diamond and Silk, but you can’t hate what you ain’t never loved!
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) April 27, 2020
“But I love Diamond & Silk, and so do millions of people!” Trump wrote in a retweet.
But I love Diamond & Silk, and so do millions of people! https://t.co/RBX9bmFIwH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2020
The split was first reported by the Daily Beast, which noted their departure follows remarks about the deadly coronavirus.
“In a matter of two weeks, over 1,000 people supposedly died from the coronavirus. In a two-weeks time period, over 1,000 people — after being tested positive — have died from the coronavirus, but it took 39 days, from January all the way up to February the 29th, I believe, for the first person to die,” Richardson said on their show on March 31.
“Come on,” replied Hardaway.
“Is this being deliberately spread? Look, I’m not being a conspiracy theorist, this is real, but I’m asking my own questions: What the hell is going on?” Richardson later asked.
“This is something that was man-made,” Richardson later added. “I think it’s a little deep state action going on behind the scenes. … To me, this is something undercover. It is engineered.”
Public health officials have consistently dismissed suggestions that the virus was man-made. Instead, they said it most likely originated in animals.
The Hill has reached out to both Fox News and Diamond and Silk for comment.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded 56,000 and the number of cases is on pace to surpass 1 million this week.
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