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Black YouTube Stars Paid By the Trump Campaign

Sisters Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson were paid to make pro-Trump YouTube videos

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In early 2016, Youtube stars and sisters Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson began making pro-Trump videos on Youtube. When ABC asked about their connection to the Trump campaign, a spokesperson said that the Youtube personalities “[had] never been paid by the campaign, which you can verify in [the campaign’s] FEC reports”.

However, according to Gizmodo, the campaign made an amendment to it’s FEC Report that listed a payment of around $1300 to the sisters for “field consulting”.  Little is known about the sister’s personal lives or income because during interviews they typically decline  to answer questions about their family, past how much they make.

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Another controversial connection the pair has to the Trump campaign is a merchandise supplier, Ace Specialties, that makes merchandise in the United States. According to ABC News, Ace Specialties is a supplier for both the Trump Campaign and Diamond and Silk’s Merchandise. The spokesperson also stated “There is no connection with Ace [between Trump and Diamond and Silk]”.

Politico states that “The pair caught the eye of the Trump campaign last summer with a video defending the businessman’s adviser Michael Cohen (pronounced “Co-han” by Diamond) after the Trump Organization executive threatened a Daily Beast reporter with legal action.”

Additionally, Politico also mentioned that they were invited to the Republican debate in Milwaukee in November 2015 by Trump adviser Daniel Scavino and that they were invited to be onstage at a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina by Donald Trump himself.

All in all, this amendment points to the fact that there’s no doubt the Trump campaign did make some kind of arrangement with the vloggers where services were exchanged for money.

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