"Facebook censored us for 6 months", said Lynnette Hardaway, one member of the pro-Trump sister duo, when asked whether the two had been "blocked" by the platform. Specifically, they claim that Facebook had incorrectly labeled their page as "very liberal", which meant their page did not surface on pages of their conservative fans and resulted in them not being able to attract advertising from marketers trying to reach conservatives.
Hakeem Jeffries followed up by informing them of the FEC filing, they said it was inaccurate - arguing the Trump campaign reimbursed them for a flight from NY to OH for a campaign event and that they had never provided field consulting services.
"We have never been paid by the Trump campaign!"
"We are familiar with that particular lie, we can see that you do look at fake news", said Richardson. "The Texas Democrat asked again if the figure, "$1,274.94", had any significance, to which the the answer again was, "we have never been paid by the Trump campaign".
"This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing", said Rep. Ted Lieu, California Democrat.
While not a household name, the duo has more than 1.4 million followers on Facebook and their YouTube channel - it's called The Viewers View - boasts more than 142,000 subscribers. "If social media is supposed to be a place for all idea (s) or to express idea (s) then algorithms and tactic (s) should not be in place to suppress some idea (s)", Diamond and Silk state.
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Pruitt previously told Fox News he was completely unaware of the raises and that his Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson was responsible. Pruitt repeatedly denied ever punishing punished aides who may have challenged his decisions regarding travel or other conduct.
The Hill's Will Sommer notes that later, the pair were reminded they are under oath by Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.
Jeffries concluded his short feud with the self-proclaimed "most outspoken and loyal" Trump supporters by saying, "I respect your game".
"I hope you've monetized this", Trump told the pair, referencing their growing fame on social media.
"They've become fantastic", Trump said.
After being pressed on their payment from the Trump campaign, the two rebuffed Rep. Jeffries for attacking what they described as their entrepreneurial spirit. Diamond shouted out at one point Thursday, adding that she is aware of many instances in which the platform has silenced conservative voices.