Donald Trump delivered one of the eulogies at the funeral celebrating the life of Ineitha Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway, one of his biggest supporters and champions since the early days of his candidacy. This event has sparked a new conversation in conservative circles about Trump’s legacy and how it will be remembered. It is clear that many conservatives view this moment as an opportunity to reflect on the former President’s record and its impact on their movement.
To begin with, it is important to note that Diamond & Silk have been long-time supporters of President Trump and have been vocal advocates for conservative values throughout his time in office. Their support for him was unwavering even when other prominent Republicans were wavering or turning against him. This type of loyalty should not go unnoticed or unappreciated by those on the Right who were skeptical about him from the beginning. By honoring them at her funeral, President Trump showed respect for their commitment to him, which speaks volumes about his character.
In addition, President Trump's eulogy highlighted some fundamental truths about conservatism that should not be forgotten: common sense policies matter; health care is a critical issue; walls can be effective tools when used properly; and Democrats can sometimes change their minds when presented with compelling arguments rooted in facts (in this case, Diamond & Silk changed their minds after hearing Donald Trump's speech announcing his candidacy). These truths are essential elements of any successful conservative agenda, so recognizing them in this way shows an understanding of what makes conservatism work.
“This is a fantastic woman that we lost. We haven’t really lost her because she’s looking down. And she loved her sister and she loved her family. I talked to her about it and she was a great passionate woman with a great, big, beautiful brain,” he began.
“I turned over the podium, and Diamond loudly and proudly declared, ‘I want everybody to know that we stand behind Donald J. Trump.’ This was so early. It was an incredible thing,” he said, adding later:
On June 16 of 2015, Diamond & Silk were at home watching a certain network which I won’t name. I announced my campaign for president and they were lifelong Democrats, but they ultimately, very quickly, later said, ‘He’s right.’ Because we were talking common sense. We were talking about health. We were talking about walls.
“We will miss her greatly, we will remember her always, and together we will carry on a mission that has been an amazing mission,” he said.