Infamous Trump supporters Diamond and Silk believe the media is inflating coronavirus statistics to make the administration look bad.
The duo, born Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson and who — according to the Hollywood Reporter, are paid by Fox News Media to license weekly videos — made the claims during a Facebook Live session on Sunday, March 29.
“In a matter of two weeks, over 1,000 people supposedly died from the coronavirus. In a two-weeks time period, over 1,000 people — after being tested positive — have died from the coronavirus, but it took 39 days, from January all the way up to February the 29th, I believe, for the first person to die,” Silk read from her notes.
After Diamond expressed her approval, Silk continued to rattle off data.
“My president said on March the 24th, Tuesday this past week, my president said that he would love for America to be back up and running,” Silk continued.
“I knew this was gon’ happen. I knew after he said this this was gon’ happen. Go ahead,” Diamond interjected.
Silk responded with the pair’s ‘Rona conspiracy theory.
“At the time, he said it there was 25,489 cases with 307 deaths. Instantaneously, you had the media calling President Trump out, he want it open by Easter, he want this open by Easter — me and you was talking, I said now watch the number of deaths go up,” Silk said. “Watch everything increase because they want to make it look bad in front of our eyes.”
There were 52,976 diagnoses and 704 deaths by 9 p.m. on March 24, according to CNN. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were more than 177,000 diagnoses and more than 3,400 deaths — more deaths than from the 9/11 terror attacks, according to USA Today.
Diamond and Silk’s critics were appalled by their assertions.
“Diamond and Silk exist as a profitable vehicle for scared, racist old white people to pretend black people are included,” wrote one person.
“Diamond and Silk aka Poly and Ester need to STFU,” demanded another. “When I saw them trending, I knew it was about some bullshit.”
“Black delegations will gladly trade Diamond and Silk for an entire warehouse full of Clorox and Lysol,” suggested one more.