By Jackson Elliott
When the press doxxed Libs of TikTok creator Chaya Raichik, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said she could stay in the governor’s mansion.
“If you don’t feel safe, you or your family, if you need a place to go, to hide, to stay, you can come to the governor’s mansion. We have a guest house for you, and you can stay as long as you need,” Raichik told Tucker Carlson in an interview on the Tucker Carlson Today show.
Under the alias of Libs of TikTok, Raichik gained fame on Twitter by reposting the shocking behavior of leftists and radical gender activists. Although the material she found often came from TikTok, she also republished videos and posts from other websites.
“I was almost in tears,” Raichik said to Carlson. “The governor of Florida; like he has nothing bigger to deal with.”
For her actions, Raichik faced eight bans from Twitter, her Twitter page states. But when Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz publicized Raichik’s name and occupation, the threats rose to a new level.
She now faced death threats. At the time of her doxxing, she was living in California but DeSantis still offered her a place at the governor’s mansion.
“I don’t even have the words for it,” Raichik told Carlson. “So grateful.”
Raichik didn’t say whether she took up the offer.
She added that she had also received support from Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.).
“I support everything you’re doing,” Raichik recalled Greene telling her. “If you need anything, call me. You have my number.”
From Doxxed to Distinctive
Raichik told Carlson she has left all forms of anonymity behind. Enough parental rights activism groups want her help that keeping her identity secret now hinders her, she said.
“I’m ready for the next step,” Raichik said. “I think I’ll be a lot more effective when I’m not so anonymous anymore.”
Carlson called her choice to forego anonymity an “act of bravery.”
Getting doxxed by Lorenz only made her more famous, Raichik said. She further added that she suspected Lorenz wanted to silence her by doxxing her.
“My following and my influence increased tremendously after the doxxing,” she added.
She also said she can “sleep soundly” despite the amount of online hate mail she receives.
Today, Raichik said she had bad feelings toward Lorenz.
“I think that she’s extremely toxic. She’s an elitist and she’s an activist really. She’s not a reporter,” Raichik said. “I don’t want to talk to her … We disagree on everything.”
Raichik said seeing her rights violated by government regulations in response to COVID-19 brought her a political awakening. She also discovered TikTok while stuck at home during the pandemic. There, she found left-wing videos that she described as “bizarre and dangerous.”
“They’re allowed to post it, but we’re just not allowed to notice. The crime is noticing what they’re doing,” Raichik said.
Social Media Scheming
Raichik, who made her fame by reposting videos from TikTok, said the website attracts the worst people.
“I think TikTok really attracts narcissists. It’s people who want to see themselves all day and talk about themselves, and TikTok is a great platform for that—for them to do that,” she said.
She added that she sees it as her task to warn parents what happens on TikTok so they don’t endanger their children with it.
“If you let your kids have TikTok, this is what they’re being exposed to,” she said.
She told Carlson that all she has done to be the receiver of intense anger online is repost videos from radical gender ideologues. She said that the left-wing anger at her springs from a desire to silence her and hide their misdeeds.
“They’re like cockroaches, running away in the light.”
Raichik said she suspects TikTok is a cultural weapon of China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party, designed to destroy American culture.
“The Chinese version of TikTok is educational,” she said. “The American one says Let’s think about my ‘ghostself’ pronouns.”
TikTok has also proven successful at leading young people into Democratic politics, Raichik said. Republicans have failed to catch up.
“It is a huge problem,” she said. “And I know that conservatives discuss this. They know it’s a problem.”
Raichik added she felt little concern about TikTok getting banned because she has an “arsenal” of videos. And only half of her content comes from TikTok.
Raichik came into the media world with little experience but quickly took off. She had little background in reporting or social media, but it came to her naturally, she said.
“By nature, I’m a very private person,” she said.
Raichik said this lack of history confused those researching her past. Raichik said Lorenz suspected her of being a Russian spy working to aid the GOP.
“This is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” Raichik said.
When Elon Musk released some of Twitter’s internal files, it revealed that Twitter employees conspired to remove Raichik from Twitter, she told Carlson. However, she had never broken the website’s rules.
“The left is so violent and hateful and intolerant,” she said.