Inside Politics: Hoke County’s Diamond and Silk testify in Washington

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The popular Trump-supporting political bloggers got heated with Democratic congressmen.

Hoke County’s Diamond and Silk political video bloggers testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, with the women getting testy and raising their voices at congressmen at times.

The women — Lynette Hardaway and her sister Rochelle Richardson — were called to Washington to speak under oath about allegations that social media companies suppress the voices of conservatives who use their platforms. Diamond and Silk made national headlines this month when they said Facebook was curtailing their engagement with their audience and told them they are “unsafe” for the community.

Facebook never shut down Diamond and Silk’s page. In the last month, their Facebook audience has grown by several hundred thousand people. As of Saturday, the women had 1.65 million Facebook followers.

Diamond and Silk’s arguments with Democratic congressmen grew heated over a $1,275 payment they received from the Trump campaign, which said the money was for field consulting.

Diamond and Silk have denied being paid by the Trump campaign. On Thursday, they testified that the payment was reimbursement for airfare they purchased to participate in a Women for Trump tour in Ohio in 2016.

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