Ousted ‘Diamond and Silk’ call on fans to ‘ditch and switch’ from Fox News after joining new network

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Pro-Trump personalities “Diamond & Silk” have joined the Newsmax TV line-up after being ousted from Fox Nation earlier this year following a controversial episode.

The duo — Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson — are hosting the program, “Diamond and Silk Crystal Clear,” which debuted on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Their show follows conservative pundit and author Michelle Malkin, who hosts, “Michelle Malkin Sovereign Nation.”

The duo was released from the subscription-only Fox Nation in April after they allegedly pushed coronavirus ‘conspiracy theories’ and “disinformation,” BizPac Review reported at the time.

“After what they’ve said and tweeted you won’t be seeing them on Fox Nation or Fox News anytime soon,” a source told The Daily Beast, which added:

After rising to prominence during the 2016 election, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson leveraged their newfound celebrity into regular sycophantic appearances on Fox News, resulting in President Donald Trump raving about their performances, featuring them at rallies, and treating them as “senior advisers.”

Earlier in the month, the duo pushed back on a then-emerging narrative that COVID-19 was affecting blacks more than other Americans.

“It’s not that they are getting infected more often. It’s that when they do get infected, their underlying medical conditions … wind them up in the ICU,” explained lead immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci at the time.

“We’re very concerned about it,” Fauci added. “It’s very sad. It’s nothing we can do about it right now except to try and give them the best possible care to avoid these complications.”

In a tweet, the duo said that didn’t sound right.

“Black people are not the only ones who have underlying medical conditions…. What in the hell is going on? Something is off, and Something ain’t Right!” they wrote.

In a subsequent tweet featuring another member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, the duo noted that she was questioning the methods in which COVID-19 deaths were being counted.

@DiamondandSilk were one of the first to question the data & the high rise in the number of deaths. If what Dr. Birx is saying is true, then that means that the numbers are being inflated. This is what’s causing fear & panic. We keep telling y’all that something ain’t right!” they noted.

The New York Times attempted to blame the alleged disparity on racism, claiming that “entrenched inequalities in resources, health and access to care,” adding: “Longstanding inequalities also make African-Americans less likely to be insured, and more likely to have existing health conditions and face racial bias that prevents them from getting proper treatment.”

In reality, it turns out that the ladies were prophetic.

Analysts have noted that COVID-19 deaths are being inflated, in part due to perverse Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The agency required states to recount coronavirus deaths to include both confirmed cases and presumed cases — that is, deaths of patients who have been diagnosed as having the virus but are not certain to have died from it.

In August, CDC Director Robert Redfield admitted in testimony before Congress that there is a “perverse incentive” for hospitals to over-count coronavirus deaths by falsely attributing unrelated deaths to the virus.

As for Diamond & Silk, they are now encouraging their fans to “ditch and switch” from Fox News over to Newsmax TV.

“We also want to thank Newsmax for believing in Diamond and Silk, and allowing us this opportunity and a platform,” Richardson said in a video.

“We’ve already made the ditch and switch, we want you to make the ditch and switch to Newsmax,” added Hardaway.

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