AFP AUDIO INTERVIEW
Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, more commonly known as “Diamond and Silk,” and the “Stump for Trump Girls,” are two of the more outspoken and enthusiastic supporters of Donald J. Trump, the leading GOP presidential contender who has caused much controversy since announcing his presidential bid, and who is often portrayed by the elite media as a divisive, unrefined renegade degrading American political discourse.
Lynnette and Rochelle are sisters from North Carolina who have gained national attention with their hard-hitting and provocative YouTube videos, which feature political commentary, media analysis, and insights into the presidential election not found elsewhere. They have appeared as guests on a number of mainstream media outlets and have even joined Trump on stage during a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina late last year.
John Friend spoke with the sisters about their activism, in this engaging interview (18:22).
‘Diamond,’ ‘Silk’ Tell AFP Why They Like Trump
By John Friend
Donald Trump, the leading GOP presidential contender who has caused much controversy since announcing his presidential bid, is often portrayed as a divisive, unrefined renegade degrading American political discourse. However, the maverick businessman turned presidential hopeful has gained tremendous support from millions of Americans from all backgrounds. Trump’s populist talking points and public policy positions, as well as his harsh critiques of the controlled mass media and corrupt political establishment, have resonated deeply with large segments of the American populace.
Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson are two of the more outspoken and enthusiastic supporters of Trump. Hardaway and Richardson, more commonly known as Diamond and Silk, are sisters from North Carolina who have gained national attention with their hard-hitting and provocative YouTube videos, which feature political commentary, media analysis, and insights into the presidential election not found elsewhere. Diamond and Silk, who are often also referred to as the “Stump for Trump Girls,” have appeared as guests on a number of mainstream media outlets. The outspoken duo even joined Trump on stage during a rally in Raleigh, N.C. late last year.
According to Ms. Hardaway, the “Stump for Trump Girls” were impressed with Trump from the outset.
“We were on the Trump Train from the very beginning,” Ms. Hardaway recently explained to AMERICAN FREE PRESS in an exclusive interview, “and we started making videos about Donald Trump because we saw how the media was trying to throw him under the bus. We didn’t like that, so we had to talk about it, and we talked about it on our YouTube channel. The craziest thing is we didn’t know all these people were going to hear us.”
Diamond and Silk’s YouTube channel The Viewers View has just under 32,000 subscribers, and millions of people have seen or heard the candid sisters on CNN, Fox News, and other mainstream outlets since they gained national attention last year. As is the case in all of their media appearances, the duo eagerly elaborated on the reasons why they are supporting Trump during their conversation with AFP.
Trump “resonates with me, with us, 100%,” Ms. Richardson told AFP. “The things that he talks about that need to happen to help get this country out of this economic crisis is something that I do not hear from the rest. He’s talking common sense instead of politics, and he resonates with me 100%.”
Ms. Hardaway echoed Ms. Richardson’s thoughts.
“I’m supporting Donald Trump because he wants to secure the border, he wants to bring back our jobs so we can thrive again, and he wants to bring back spirit by uniting this country,” she explained.
Ms. Richardson continued: “People are tired of being under- or unemployed. We need to bring back good jobs, opportunities for people to be gainfully employed. People are tired of his divide in our country. It’s time to bring back spirit, it’s time to unite. Remember, this is the United States, not the Divided States, so it’s time for us to come together.”
The duo also noted how Trump is influencing the political discourse in America, opening up space for formerly marginalized and rarely discussed topics, including illegal immigration, political correctness, and the disastrous impact of so-called free trade and economic globalization, which has resulted in millions of manufacturing jobs being outsourced to China, Mexico, and other developing nations.
“No one was talking about securing our borders, about the illegal immigrants in our country—nobody until Donald Trump,” Ms. Hardaway emphasized. “Now, everyone is trying to run on his platform. That’s why we don’t need another insider, because they are all talk and no action. These people have been in office for years and haven’t done anything.”
Ms. Hardaway and Ms. Richardson have been especially critical of the controlled mainstream media’s coverage of Trump and his campaign, which they view as dishonestly distorted in an attempt to discredit the renegade GOP contender.
“What the mainstream media does is take it and twist it and turn it and take his words out of context,” Ms. Hardaway told AFP. “It’s like they are the ones trying to decide the election. But we the people will not let that happen. We don’t need them feeding us a narrative. We the people will be deciding this election. Any time you see them smearing you, that means they fear you. This is exactly why people need to get out and vote for him. They know he is going to make changes.”
Curly Haugland, a member of the Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee, recently stated that the Republican Party—not the voters—determine who the GOP nominee will be, a statement that has sparked outrage with many Trump supporters, including Ms. Hardaway and Ms. Richardson.
The GOP establishment is “trying to steal this nomination away from Donald Trump, and they are trying to control the election,” Ms. Hardaway stated. “We the people can’t let that happen. It’s very disturbing.”
“It’s time for everyone to line up behind the front-runner, and that’s Donald Trump,” Ms. Richardson added. “I guarantee you he can beat Hillary.”
The controversial commentators have even set up a website encouraging Democrats, Independents, and others to switch to the Republican Party in order to vote for Trump in the remaining primaries and the general election.
“We started a website DitchandSwitchNow.com so you can change your party and you can vote for Donald Trump,” Ms. Richardson told AFP. “A vote for Donald Trump is victory over the establishment.”
“It’s time for the American people to be taken care of,” Ms. Hardaway concluded. “It’s time for somebody to look out for the American people—and that’s what we love about Donald Trump.”
John Friend is a California-based writer who maintains a blog.