Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson are not your average Donald Trump supporters. They are two lively Black women from North Carolina who feel that Trump is the best candidate for the 2016 presidential election.
Hardaway and Richardson, who call themselves the “Stump for Trump Girls,” are biological sisters who run a video blog titled “We Be Sisters.” Their YouTube channel boasts more than 15,000 subscribers and has garnered 2.9 million views.
The sisters gained popularity thanks to a series of YouTube videos in which they express their support for Trump. This has led to them being interviewed by Don Lemon, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Sarah Palin, and more.
The “Stump for Trump Girls” consider themselves to be a part of a silent majority. According to their website, www.diamondandsilkinc.com, the sisters decided to support Trump because they believe in his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Although Hardaway and Richardson said they have supported Democratic candidates before, on their website they state that the country has allowed “liberals to turn the ‘American dream’ into an ‘American nightmare.’”
The women claim that many current politicians are not doing what is best for the silent majority, encouraging them to stand firmly behind Trump’s presidential campaign. The sisters vocally support Trump’s views that a border fence should be built between the United States and Mexico. They have also condemned Fox New anchor Megyn Kelly’s hosting skills after a GOP debate in which she questioned Trump about previous statements he made regarding women. Not surprisingly, following the most recent Republican debate, they were not impressed with the touted winner of the debate Carly Fiorina.
The sisters do, however, support the Sandra Bland movement (https://www.facebook.com/theviewersview/videos/521894831292968/). In a video, they expressed their disapproval of Officer Brian Encinia, the Texas State Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland. The women claim that Encinia instigated the situation between him and Bland that later resulted in her being taken to the jail where she died.
The women also posted a Facebook message (https://www.facebook.com/theviewersview/posts/511190469030071) showing their support for Bree Newsome, the woman who removed the Confederate flag that flew outside the South Carolina State Capitol. The sisters say that Newsome “took matters into her own hands” and encouraged people to “stop talking about it and be about it.”
Since Trump has expressed unfavorable views for various groups of people, many have wondered if Hardaway and Richardson are being compensated for their support of Trump’s campaign. The sisters have denied that the presidential candidate offered them any money in exchange for their support.
Special to the AFRO