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Diamond and Silk once took $7,000 to do a campaign ad for an actual white supremacist

Trump-supporting duo Diamond and Silk went before the House Judiciary Committee this week and possibly lied under oath.

FEC filings show that the Trump campaign paid them $1,275 in 2016 for “field consulting.” But Lynette Hardaway, who goes by Diamond, told Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) that they “have never been paid by the Trump campaign.”

But in 2016, they were paid over $7,000 by the Volunteers for Paul Nehlen to do a campaign ad for his bid to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan.

As an FEC filing indicates, the pair were paid $7,025 for “online advertising.”

In the ad, D&S praised Nehlen as a supporter of American workers while trashing Ryan as someone who sends jobs to other countries. At one point, Silk, whose real name is Rochelle Richardson, held up a hot dog and waved it at the camera, slamming Ryan for shipping Oscar Meyer jobs overseas.

Nehlen originally billed himself as a pro-Trump candidate, but later gained notoriety for promoting a book that’s a favorite of neo-Nazis which blamed Jews for antisemitism. Nehlen sparked international outrage in February when he tweeted a photo of Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle alongside an image of a prehistoric dark-skinned man with the caption, “Honey, does this tie make my face look pale?” Markle’s mother is black.

After getting banned by Twitter, Nehlen joined the far-right social media platform Gab, where he regularly posted links to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer.

Watch the ad below:

Featured image via screen grab

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