WITH more than 2million followers on Twitter, Chaya Raichik has quickly become a prominent right-wing figure, even earning the support of former President Donald Trump.
In late 2020, Raichik, then a real estate agent living in Brooklyn, New York, created a personal Twitter account.
After several name and gimmick changes, Raichik eventually changed her Twitter handle to @LibsOfTikTok in April 2021.
On this account, Raichik reposted TikTok content from left-wing and LGBTQ+ creators with mocking commentary, often using words such as “deranged” and “unhinged” to describe them.
Just a few months after this, Libs of TikTok was promoted by Joe Rogan to his millions of listeners on his podcast, calling it “one of the greatest f*****g accounts of all time.”
Raichik’s following grew immensely, cementing itself within right-wing media spaces.
However, Raichik’s commentary on the LGBTQ+ community intensified – at one point calling for any teacher who comes out as gay to their students to be “fired on the spot.”
Raichik also tweeted rhetoric that could be described as anti-transgender as she called on her followers to contact schools that were allegedly allowing “boys to be in the girls bathrooms.”
She claimed that teachers who taught LGBTQ+ identities were “abusive” and associated being transgender or an ally to the community with being “mentally ill.”
During this time, Raichik had remained anonymous with her name not being tied to the Libs of TikTok account.
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However, Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz reported her identity in April 2022 – one year after Raichik began using the Libs of TikTok name.
Raichik claimed that Lorenz “doxxed” her, however, many social media experts argued that given Raichik’s influence on public discourse, the public should have a significant interest in knowing who was behind the account.
Since her identity became public, Raichik claimed she has received death threats and a warning that a pipe bomb would be thrown into her home.
Despite this, Raichik didn’t let the flack from her public outing deter her when she infamously tweeted about transgender healthcare at the Boston Children’s Hospital in August 2022.
Raichik claimed the hospital was offering “gender-affirming hysterectomies” to minors.
The hospital and medical staff later stated they had received threats, including multiple bomb threats.
A statement from the hospital said that Raichik’s tweets were “fueled by misinformation and a lack of understanding and respect,” adding that hysterectomies as part of gender-affirming care are not performed on patients under the age of 18.
Raichik has also gained the attention of new Twitter CEO, Elon Musk, who liked one of her Tweets back in April after she shared an article from The Babylon Bee – a satirical conservative Christian website.
In November of that year, Raichik shared a tweet mocking a former Twitter staff member that had been fired by Musk.
The Tesla CEO replied, calling the former employee “a tragic case of adult onset Tourette’s.”
Libs of TikTok has been temporarily suspended five times for “hateful conduct” and alleged violence, threats, or harassment “against others based on their sexual orientation or other factors such as race or gender.”
However, since Musk took over as the CEO in October 2022, Raichik’s account has not received any suspensions.
Raichik showed her face for the first time on the December 27 episode of Tucker Carlson Today, where she explained that she wanted to start doing in-person events.
She told Carlson she was “ready for the next step.”
Raichik has also ventured into the writing space, penning her first children’s picture book, No More Secrets: The Candy Cavern.
The book is being called “a modern twist to the familiar Grimm’s-style fairy tale.”
Just recently Raichik clashed with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Capitol Hill.
Raichik claimed she served Ocasio-Cortez an ethics complaint for “lying” about her during a committee hearing on February 8.
Ocasio-Cortez had spoken to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee about Raichik’s tweets against the Boston Children’s Hospital, calling them “false information.”
Raichik and conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, filed a complaint against Ocasio-Cortez alleging that she broke ethics rules by “knowingly and intentionally defaming Chaya Raichik, creator of the viral Libs of TikTok account, falsely accusing her of lying and disseminating disinformation…”
In a video filmed by Mike Howell of the Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project, Raichik seems to pose with Ocasio-Cortez – who doesn’t know who Raichik is at this moment – for a picture.
Raichik then tells Ocasio-Cortez that she just delivered an ethics complaint to her office.
Ocasio-Cortez quickly cuts Raichik off, “You’re actually super transphobic and I never want to share a space with you,” she says.
Before walking away, Ocasio-Cortez gives the camera a quick “Thank You.”
Raichik took to Twitter, calling Ocasio-Cortez “a coward.”
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