The pair of outspoken Trump supporters were invited by House Republicans to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the alleged censorship of conservative voices on social media. Diamond and Silk's Facebook page actually received more total interactions in March 2018 (1,088,000), when they were supposedly being censored, than in March 2017 (1,060,000).
Hardaway and Richardson repeatedly claimed during the hearing that they had been censored by Facebook.
"Facebook censored us for 6 months", said Lynnette Hardaway, one member of the pro-Trump sister duo, when asked whether the two had been "blocked" by the platform.
"No, we've never been paid by the Trump campaign", Diamond repeated several times during the hearing.
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Hardaway told Democratic Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee from Texas that Diamond and Silk hadn't been paid by Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, despite Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings which state the opposite.
One instance of a false statment was the claim that the pair were never paid by the Trump campaign, which was proven to be an incorrect statement.
"This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing, and the only reason I'm still here is because I want to enter some facts into the record to at least try to salvage some of this hearing", Rep. Ted Lieu said.
Personalities Diamond and Silk denied being paid by the Trump campaign on Thursday calling reports of a payment "fake news".
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During a combative exchange, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) asked Hardaway and Richardson about the discrepancy, reminding them that they were under oath and subject to criminal penalties if they lie.
After asking if they knew they were under oath, Mr. Jeffries asked if the Trump campaign was lying about the payment, or if the two women were claiming the report is false. Trump has long lauded the pair, inviting them to his campaign rallies and to the White House for Oval Office visits.
"I hope you've monetized this", he said, referring to their online videos.
Alarmingly, Diamond and Silk truly tried to frame this as a war between liberals and conservatives, pointing to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg using his social media platform to advance political advantage.
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