Social media stars Diamond and Silk, the hilarious duo that support the president, testified before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on allegations of bias against conservatives by Facebook – and their impassioned statements frequently elicited smiles from spectators.
“Facebook censored our free speech!” Diamond charged.
The two, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, said if Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had been censoring the speech of anyone on the left, “Democrats would be in the streets right now, marching and calling him all types of racist.”
Some Democrats criticized the decision to hold the hearing, and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., even called it “stupid and ridiculous.”
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., suggested that the two women were making a great deal of money off the social media network.
“You ladies are very impressive to me,” Johnson said. “You have taken something and moved forward with it, exercising your First Amendment rights, and you’ve made a ton of money off Facebook, is that correct?”
“Absolutely not,” Hardaway shot back. “Facebook censored us for six months.”
But Johnson continued, “The point I’m trying to make is you all have been bashing Facebook and you’ve been making a ton of money, isn’t that correct?”
Hardaway replied: “We didn’t bash Facebook. We brought the light on how Facebook has been censoring conservative voices like ours. … They won’t let us monetize on Facebook. They stopped it for six months, 29 days. They limited our page.”
Richardson added, “And YouTube did also by demonetizing 95 percent of our videos for no reason at all, deeming it as hate speech.”
Johnson kept pressing the women, noting that they “still sell merchandise.”
“Even if we sell merchandise that don’t have anything to do with Facebook,” Hardaway responded. “Facebook censored our free speech, and shame on the ones that don’t even see that we have been censored.”
Then Hardaway addressed what she believes is a major double standard in the way Facebook treats people of different political persuasions.
“When the Black Lives Matter people come in, everyone is up in arms,” she said. “Let me just say this here, if the shoe was on the other foot and Mark Zuckerberg was a conservative, and we were liberals, oh all fences and all chains would have broke loose. You know it and I know it. What I find appalling is that these Democrats they don’t want to take up for our voice because we support the president.”
Richardson jumped in: “Democrats would be in the streets. Democrats would be in the streets right now marching and calling him all types of racist.”
Then Johnson ripped the committee, saying it is giving the women “a tremendous platform with this hearing to make a ton of money when it’s over.”
“That’s right, and I hope everybody goes on Facebook and follows us,” Hardaway said. “Because that’s what it’s supposed to be about. It’s supposed to be about obtaining the American dream. We are African-American women. If illegal aliens can come over here and build businesses, why can’t we? We were born on this soil. You don’t have a right to silence my voice.”
The women were also asked if they’ve ever been paid by the Trump campaign, something they vehemently deny.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., pointed to a Federal Election Commission filing that showed a $1,274.94 payment from the campaign in 2016 for field consulting.
“Nobody is lying,” Richardson told Rep. Jeffries. “However, there may have been a mistake from the Trump campaign whenever they wrote what the $1,274.94 was for.”
She added: “This was for, because we were asked to join the Women for Trump tour back in 2016, and Miss Lara Trump asked that our airline tickets be refunded back to us because we paid for those tickets when we went from New York to Ohio. It was for a reimbursement, not field consulting.”