*Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, famously known as Diamond and Silk, are catching heat for suggesting the coronavirus pandemic is a “media hoax” aimed at sabotaging president Trump’s chances for re-election.
On Monday, the vloggers questioned the reported deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, describing it as merely a media tactic “to make it look bad in front of our eyes.”
“In a matter of two weeks, over 1,000 people supposedly died from the coronavirus (in America),” Silk said. “In a two weeks time period, over 1,000 people — after being tested positive — have died from the coronavirus.”
From mid-January through the end of February, only one person died, Silk noted, adding that death rate then shot up once Trump pushed the idea of re-opening the country.
Watch the clip below.
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Diamond & Silk are speculating coronavirus deaths are being inflated to make Trump look bad pic.twitter.com/hBnB7422UP
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) March 30, 2020
“Here’s another thing. 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 said, with Diamond adding: “I knew this was going to happen.”
“At the time, he said it there was 25,489 cases with 307 deaths,” Silk continued. “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. Watch everything increase, because they wanted to make it look bad in front of our eyes.’ Here it is, five days later. As of yesterday, it jumped from 25,489 cases up to 121,478 cases. It went from 307 deaths to 2,026 deaths in five days.”
Soon after the clip was posted, “Diamond & Silk” hit Twitter’s trending charts and users slammed the Fox News contributors for pushing “conspiracy theories.”
Diamond and Silk responded to the backlash, writing on Twitter “As Americans, nobody has the right to make us feel like we can’t question what doesn’t seem normal. People are dying from Coronavirus, but it is also being rumored that anybody that dies in a hospital for any cause is being counted as COVID 19. Is this true? We need answers!”
Meanwhile, there are more than 163,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with nearly3,000 confirmed deaths as of Tuesday, according to reports.