“This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing.”
On Thursday, conservative YouTube stars Diamond and Silk testified before the House Judiciary Committee. And it didn’t go well.
The two sisters, whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, were invited by Republicans to come and testify about the bias against conservatives on social media. But the Dems definitely weren’t feeling it.
The top Dem on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY), complained about the entire premise of the hearing.
“[Republicans] have prioritized this spectacle over every other kind of conversation we should be having today and we should have been having for the past year,” said Nadler.
Nadler said that there was no real bias against conservatives on social media. And he argued with the sisters that they were not discriminated against.
“Diamond and Silk’s tremendous reach and growth is evidence that they haven’t been censored,” he said.
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (CA) was also irritated about the hearing with the YouTube personalities. He said,
“This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing. The only reason I’m still here is because I want to enter some facts into the record to at least try to salvage some of this hearing.”
Lieu told the sisters that the government does not censor social media or news outlets. He explained that doing so would be unconstitutional. He added that companies like Facebook are not legally required to promote any certain content.
“Why are we having a hearing about regulating content? It’s unconstitutional to begin with,” Lieu said.
The Democrats also called out the two conservative women for telling lies in their testimony. Hardaway told Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-TX), “We have never been paid by the Trump campaign.”
But that was a lie.
According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) the Trump campaign paid Diamond and Silk $1,275 on November 22, 2016 for “field consulting.”
After they were called out for the lie, the two backtracked and said that the Trump campaign had reimbursed them for airline tickets.
Earlier this month, Facebook blocked Diamond and Silk, and labeled their videos “unsafe.” But Facebook later said they made a mistake.
"This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing," Rep. @tedlieu says at House Judiciary hearing on social media, which has featured tense exchanges with Diamond and Silk. https://t.co/CFdzczE0fE pic.twitter.com/hdqaAdHqWI
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 26, 2018