Trump Announces Diamond’s Death: The death of Diamond Lynnette Hardaway, one half of the impassioned backing duo “Diamond and Silk,” was strongly felt by former president Donald Trump on Monday evening.
On his social media site Truth Social, Mr. Trump said, “Really awful news for Republicans and, frankly, all Americans.” “Our lovely Diamond, of Diamond and Silk, has passed away at her home in North Carolina, the state she cherished so dearly.”
Silk Herneitha Rochelle Hardaway was “with her every step of the way and at her passing,” he said of the “Magnificent Diamond” he had just described. The former president bemoaned the conservative commentator’s passing in a letter, stating, “There was no better team anywhere or at any time!”
“Diamond’s untimely demise was most likely the result of her large and precious heart giving out.” You will be deeply missed, our Magnificent Diamond!“
During the 2016 presidential campaign, the two sisters, the daughters of a Christian missionary couple, gained notoriety when they switched parties to support Donald Trump.
They referred to themselves on Twitter as “President Donald J. Trump’s Most Loyal Supporters” and praised his candor.
Trump announces that Diamond of Diamond and Silk has passed away pic.twitter.com/TUhpEVUPiG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 10, 2023
After gaining notoriety as vloggers and internet celebrities, the duo found themselves frequently featured on Fox News and presenting their program on Fox Nation, in which they provided short videos that elucidated their opinions and endorsed then-candidate Donald Trump.
Their “Ditch and Switch” rallying cry was a crucial endorsement for Mr. Trump, who had done much to alienate Black voters on the campaign trail with a series of racially insensitive statements, as it urged voters to follow their lead and abandon the Democrats and Hillary Clinton in favor of Mr. Trump.
‘Please Pray for Diamond’
The account indicates that donations can be made via a crowdfunding platform to a memorial fundraising page.
No further information was released regarding Hardaway’s cause of death, although in November Richardson urged her Twitter followers to pray for her sister.
READ MORE Who is Emmet Flores? Uncovering the Mystery of Emmet Flores
“Anyone who believes in the power of prayer, please pray for Diamond,” Richardson wrote at the time.
The Daily Beast was informed by MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, who hosted a video series for the sisters, that Hardaway had been ill previous to her passing on Monday.
Hardaway and Richardson rose to prominence in 2016 due to their social media videos expressing support for Trump’s presidential campaign. The sisters, who were formerly staunch Democrats, remained faithful to Trump and were present at Mar-a-Lago when he declared his 2024 campaign.
According to NBC News, the two were subsequently hired as contributors for Fox News’ Fox Nation but were fired in 2020 after disputing the number of COVID-19 deaths on life.
They eventually got their show, “Diamond and Silk Crystal Clear,” which aired Saturday nights on Newsmax TV. The last episode was shot on December 15.
Republicans Pay Tribute to Diamond
According to Diamond and Silk’s official Facebook page, they recently presented a show on Lindell’s social media platform FrankSpeech in which they discussed “January 6th Political Prisoner, Troy Smocks.”
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina) tweeted that Hardaway’s death was “sad news” on Monday, joining several other Republican leaders in expressing their sympathies following the news of her demise.
“We grieve the passing of Diamond from Diamond and Silk, who died in her North Carolina home. Join us in prayer for her family, wrote Hudson.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) similarly referred to Hardaway’s passing as “really sad news” on Twitter, accompanying a screenshot of Trump’s eulogy.
Elsewhere, the political journalist Tudor Dixon commented on Twitter, “My heart sinks upon hearing of our buddy Diamond’s awful demise. Her larger-than-life attitude and contagious faith led others to Christ. Her love for this nation was sincere and powerful. Rest in peace, lovely lady. We offer prayers for Silk and his family.”
Father Frank Pavone, the leader of the pro-life organization Priests for Life, tweeted a picture of himself with two sisters with the caption, “May she rest in peace. And may we all follow her example by being outspoken supporters of freedom, unafraid to defend the greatness of America and to criticize those who seek to destroy it.”