MONROE – When Barbara Harrison started thinking about a speaker for the annual Union County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Dinner, the event co-chairperson looked outside the box.
In an election year that features several GOP primaries, Harrison wanted more than just the usual speech from a Republican politician. She wanted a little diamond and silk to surround the guest speaker.
And Harrison got Diamond and Silk.
Back in February, Harrison emailed the pro-President Donald Trump social media personalities. Harrison wasn’t sure she would hear back, let alone book the popular sister duo of Lynnette Hardaway (Diamond) and Rochelle Richardson (Silk), who often appear on “Fox and Friends” in addition to their presence Facebook (1.7 million followers), YouTube (153,000 subscribers) and Instagram (202,000 followers).
“I went to their website and I was able to find an email address,” Harrison said. “I really didn’t think I would hear back by the first day. Maybe I would hear back in a week.”
By around 1 p.m. that same day, Harrison had Diamond and Silk tentatively booked and the Fayetteville residents didn’t disappoint as they wowed a packed house of Republicans on April 27 at the Union County Agricultural Center.
“We wanted to do something more entertaining this year,” Harrison said.
Diamond and Silk entertained the Union County Republicans with a combination red-meat barbs at Democrats, the media and liberals along with some humorous commentary on current events.
Diamond and Silk were early supporters of candidate Trump and they became more vocal because of what they saw as negative coverage.
“We didn’t like at the time that the media was taking Donald Trump’s comments out of context,” Richardson said. “They were throwing Donald Trump under the bus. We didn’t like it. That prompted us to start speaking out about it.”
They hit the big time when Trump invited the pair on stage at a rally in Raleigh in December 2015.
“We didn’t know any of that was going to happen, it was so authentic,” Hardaway said. “I couldn’t believe it. President Trump was asking the audience members questions, and he looked at us and asked if we wanted to ask some questions. When we stood up and he saw us, he said, ‘Get up here.’ And the rest is history.”
Diamond and Silk appeared at many rallies during the campaign, and along the way their popularity soared among conservatives across the country. That came as a surprise to Hardaway and Richardson.
“We always say if you want to make God laugh, you tell him your plans,” Hardaway said. “We had no plans for this.”
“No plans,” Richardson followed.
But as the 2016 Presidential Election entered its final stages, and despite several late controversies surrounding the campaign, Diamond and Silk said they were confident Trump would win.
Diamond and Silk traveled to New York for the Trump campaign watch party and they said it is a night they will never forget.
“First thing, we had no doubt that he was going to win,” Hardaway said. “We were in New York and I was giddy watching all the coverage on the news. We were on stage with him when he gave his speech. The energy was so high. Everybody knew he had this.”
Since Trump’s election, Diamond and Silk have visited the White House and attended a Christmas Party in Washington.
“It was beautiful in the Oval Office, and we chatted with the President and we took pictures,” Hardaway said.