Lynette Hardway, who went by the nickname “Diamond’ of the popular “Diamond and Silk,” team has died. Her death was confirmed on Diamond and Silk’s official Facebook page on Monday night, by the team’s Twitter account, and by Donald Trump’s social media.
Diamond was known nationally as a former Democrat who switched parties and became a Republican to support candidate Trump, and she gave the reasons for her support daily during the early days of Trump’s campaign.
Her support was unique at the time for a Black woman to be so openly outspoken about her reasons to become a Republican and support Trump because the media was trying desperately to paint the presidential candidate as a racist against Black Americans.
Their first appearance at a Trump rally in Raleigh North Carolina, was quite remarkable and the attendees greeted them with great enthusiasm:
Diamond and Silk’s first appearance on stage with President Trump before he was elected. This was December 2015. Diamond will be majorly missed 💔💔💔 #diamondandsilk #trump #TrumpRally pic.twitter.com/w6Fq1f2qOH
— Jackie DuVall (@JackieDuVall8) January 10, 2023
Trump introduced them and said:
“How great are they? I turn on my television one night. And I see these two and tell him, I say they are the greatest. What is it? They became internet sensations. I hope you monetized. Do you want to do the routine? Come on,” Trump encouraged them both.
“First of all, I am glad that the media can see us. We see them. I want the media and everyone to know that we stand behind Donald J. Trump. We support Donald J. Trump, and we endorse Donald J. Trump. And this is going to be the next President of the United States. The Silent Majority has spoken, baby.
Don’t get it twisted.
He is going to build that wall up, and he is going build it tall, and it is going protect us all. We do not want this country to fall, do we?
Build that wall, Donald J. Trump- just build it,” she said to a roaring audience.
The two had a hugely popular podcast, which undoubtedly influenced the opinion of many voters. The two women became frequent guests at the Trump rallies. In addition, the appearances there would lead to public speaking tours, books, a movie, media appearances, and their own regular political show where they highlighted activists, lawmakers, and candidates.
The two women were some of the first celebrity pundits to come out of the 2016 campaign for Trump, with their popular live stream show, ‘Chit Chat with Diamond and Silk’. The News of Diamond’s death went viral instantly, and mourners filled up the airwaves with photos of themselves with the two Hardway sisters and with prayers for their family and fans.
Fans remembered Diamond as a beautiful woman and an outgoing, friendly, loving patriot who never stopped supporting President Trump and others.
RIP Diamond from Diamond and silk. Wow. This was very unexpected. They were so cool and always showed love. Man.
— CCG BRYSON (@RealBrysonGray) January 10, 2023
Trump wrote a mournful message on his Truth Social account:
“The World just lost a True Angel and Warrior Patriot for Freedom, Love, and Humanity! Diamond blazed a trail, founded on her passion and love for the entire race of humanity,” the post read, which was accompanied by a photo of Hardaway. The post also linked to to a Christian crowdfunding site where contributions will be received by Herneitha Rochelle Hardaway Richardson, who is also known as “Silk.”
— Michael J. Morrison (@OfficeOfMike) January 10, 2023
The World just lost a True Angel and Warrior Patriot for Freedom, Love, and Humanity! Please respect the privacy of Diamond’s family! Memorial Ceremony TBA.
Contributions towards Preserving Diamond’s Legacy are only being accepted at the following link:https://t.co/g6J6NlBXE7
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) January 10, 2023
The cause of Hardaway’s death is not currently known; however, there were early December reports that she was not feeling well, and one post on social media asking for prayers for her condition to improve. Media reports cite that her age was 51.
“Really bad news for Republicans and frankly, ALL Americans,” Trump wrote. “Our beautiful Diamond, of Diamond and Silk, has just passed away at her home in the State she loved so much, North Carolina.” He added, “Silk was with her all the way, and at her passing. There was no better TEAM anywhere, or at any time! Diamond’s death was totally unexpected, probably her big and precious HEART just plain gave out. Rest In Peace our Magnificent Diamond, you will be greatly missed!”
There is no doubt at all that the Hardaway sisters were influential on public opinion and were a major attraction at political events over the last 6 years for their common sense outlook on public policy, but also for their wit and humor.
Their show, which began originally as an idea at a kitchen table with a group of women activists in Virginia- to go out and show love for candidate Donald Trump and help him get the female and the Black vote- became a powerful testimony and then an institution of admiration for Trump from the Diamond and Silk team.
Diamond (Lynette Hardaway) Of Diamond & Silk Passes Away. This Is Very Sad News She Was A Die Hard Patriot & A Life Long Trumper ❤️🩹 Blessings To Her Family & Friends pic.twitter.com/TZlLwGeSg5
— Trumps Nephew (@ForgiatoBlow47) January 10, 2023
A familiar story from fans of Diamonds is that the team was inclusive and encouraging of other activists and journalists, podcasters, and influencers and that they made a huge impact on politics drawing more Black voters and women to support Republicans.
“I first heard of Diamond and Silk at the December 2016 Trump rally in Raleigh, NC. I had just “walked away” and was fascinated to see black women supporting Trump. It gave me hope. Thank you ladies for being a first beacon of light on my red pill journey,” the Washington Pundit reported:
I first heard of Diamond and Silk at the December 2016 Trump rally in Raleigh, NC. I had just “walked away” and was fascinated to see black women supporting Trump. It gave me hope. Thank you ladies for being a first beacon of light on my red pill journey.
RIP DIAMOND. pic.twitter.com/BcDJVvA5tB
— Washington Pundit ©🇧🇷 (@TWPundit) January 10, 2023
Diamond leaves a legacy behind of positivity, unity, and inclusion:
RIP DIAMOND FROM DIAMOND AND SILK. She was one of the first to ever interview us about our music. A real for sure. You will be missed! 🙏🏾
— The Marine Rapper (@TheMarineRapper) January 10, 2023