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'Racist' Trump Just Gave the Ultimate Praise to Diamond and Silk

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As the social media political wars heat up, President Donald Trump gave a shout-out to what could be his two biggest African-American fans: Diamond and Silk.

In a tweet posted Saturday night, Trump praised the sisters who shot to global fame with their pro-Trump videos.

“Our Social Media (and beyond) Stars, @DiamondandSilk, are terrific people who are doing really well,” Trump write in a tweet.

“We are all very proud of them, and their great success!”

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The tweet came after Diamond and Silk — real names Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson — criticized social media networks for limiting their reach, according to the Washington Examiner.

In a series of tweets, the sisters complained that three platforms in particular — Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — were deliberately making sure viewers didn’t see their content.

The accusations of shadow-banning by Twitter are particularly troublesome, as they came on the same week that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress and was asked questions about the process, which involves numerous ways of limiting the reach of certain Twitter users.

According to Bloomberg, Dorsey’s appearance came on the same day that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he “has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”

The company’s stock fell 6.1 percent to $32.73 after the Wednesday hearings.

As for censorship on social media, the evidence is clear: A study by The Western Journal shows conclusively Facebook’s algorithm shift hurt conservative publishers and voices far more than liberal ones in ways that can’t be explained by coincidence. As for Twitter, the evidence is less clear, but the fact that even California Rep. Devin Nunes was shadow-banned, according to USA Today, isn’t a pleasant sign.

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Regardless of whether Diamond and Silk are deliberately being shadow-banned, the implication of Trump’s tweet is clear: The president is fully behind the sisters. The implication, too, is that he’s looking very hard at social media.

This wouldn’t be the first time the president has weighed in on the platforms in recent weeks, either.

“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others,” Trump wrote in a series of August tweets.

“Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police. If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all,” he continued.

“Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad and that can not be allowed to happen. Who is making the choices because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!”

Apparently, Trump is using the bully pulpit this time to give support to Diamond and Silk. The two women aren’t new to Trump’s cause. They’ve been with him since even before the Republican primary season. Check out this video from December 2015.

It’ll be interesting to see what transpires from here when it comes to social media discriminating against conservative voices like Diamond and Silk.

At a time when the man in the White House is constantly being accused of “racism” by liberals, It’ll also be interesting to see how they react to him publicly backing two women who just happen to be black.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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