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How Chaya Raichik, the woman behind Libs of TikTok, rose to fame as a right-wing figure

Lindsay Dodgson   

How Chaya Raichik, the woman behind Libs of TikTok, rose to fame as a right-wing figure
Chaya Raichik is better known as Libs of TikTok.Fox News
  • Chaya Raichik is the woman behind the right-wing Twitter account Libs of TikTok.
  • She rose to fame by sharing LGBTQ content on her TikTok and mocking it in the captions.

Chaya Raichik is the woman behind the right-wing Twitter account Libs of TikTok, which has 2.9 million followers. She rose to fame over the past few years to become a prominent right-wing figure.

Raichik initially built her brand anonymously, but her identity was revealed by the Washington Post in April 2022. She also showed her face for the first time on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show on December 27, 2022, vowing to do more in-person events.

Otherwise, she tends to avoid the media, but in February, she took part in an interview with Taylor Lorenz, the Washington Post reporter who revealed her identity.

This is everything we know about Raichik so far, and how she became such a celebrity on the right.

Libs of TikTok was created in April 2021 and quickly found a supporter in Tucker Carlson.

Libs of TikTok was created in April 2021 and quickly found a supporter in Tucker Carlson.
Tucker Carlson, formerly of Fox News.      Fox News/YouTube

Between November 2020 and April 2021, Raichik tried out a few different avenues and usernames for her Twitter account, including @cuomomustgo, where she called for the resignation of Andrew Cuomo as the governor of New York, and @houseplantpotus, where she acted as a parody of president Joe Biden.

On April 19, 2021, she changed her handle to @libsoftiktok and said she would provide "your daily dose of cringe."

From then, Raichik started reposting and compilating content from TikTok users, mostly those in the LGBTQ community and mocked them in the captions. She quickly found supporters in Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News host, podcaster Joe Rogan, Donald Trump Jr., journalist Glenn Greenwald, and television host Laura Ingraham.

While Raichik's username includes the platform TikTok, her account has been permanently suspended. She has also been given multiple temporary suspensions from Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Raichik's content focuses on anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

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Libs of TikTok's Instagram account.      Libs of TikTok / Instagram

Raichik has made many statements against the LGBTQ community, referring to them as a "cult" and likening them to "groomers."

In an interview with the New York Post in February, Raichik said she had gotten several teachers fired from schools after reposting their content on her account, citing their decisions to teach sex education.

"It's not easy. I really do feel bad," she said. "Sometimes it breaks my heart, but it has to be done. These kids are so innocent, and they don't deserve to go to school to get groomed and indoctrinated."

Raichik's identity was revealed in a Washington Post article in April 2022.

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The Washington Post article.      Washington Post

Before April 2022, Raichik had been anonymous. Then, Lorenz reported her identity and job as a real-estate agent in The Washington Post.

Lorenz reported that Raichik was spreading anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and becoming a prominent figure on the right. She noted Raichik's influence in getting teachers fired. She also reported on Raichik's old Twitter account, where she would interact with other right-wing figures, minimize the effects of COVID-19, spread doubt over election results, and share other conspiracy theories.

In response, Raichik said she had been "doxxed" by Lorenz — revealing someone's personal information, address, contact details, or location. However, others disagreed. Kara Alaimo, a professor of social media and women's issues, wrote for NBC that "there's no justifiable reason to protect the identity of someone like Raichik on social media."

"The public has a significant interest in knowing who is behind accounts that have major influence on public discourse about important issues, like Libs of TikTok," she said.

Libs of TikTok may have links to extremist groups like the Proud Boys.

Libs of TikTok may have links to extremist groups like the Proud Boys.
Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys.      Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Raichik has repeatedly expressed her concerns with drag performers interacting with children, and in June 2022, posted the locations of several all-ages drag shows around the US. One of them, an hour later, was invaded by the far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys.

An Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman told the Washington Post that investigations believe Libs of TikTok spurred on the invasion.

Later that month, Libs of TikTok posted about another drag event at a bar in California, where the Proud Boys appeared again, yelled slurs, and tried to break in. In October, the group showed up to protest a drag brunch she had posted about.

Raichik said in June 2022 that she had subsequently received multiple death threats, including a warning of a pipe bomb being thrown into her house.

Raichik has criticized hospitals that offer gender-affirming care.

Raichik has criticized hospitals that offer gender-affirming care.
Boston Children's Hospital.      Charles Krupa/AP Photo

In August 2022, Raichik tweeted about the transgender care provided at Boston Children's hospital and claimed it was offering "gender-affirming hysterectomies," which led to medical staff receiving threats.

The hospital released a statement, saying Raichik's tweets were "fueled by misinformation and a lack of understanding and respect" and hysterectomies as part of gender-affirming care were never performed on someone under the age of 18.

Libs of TikTok has posted about many more hospitals that offer gender-affirming care, which she has described in her Substack newsletter as "mutilating the body."

Raichik seems to have a supporter in Elon Musk.

Raichik seems to have a supporter in Elon Musk.
Elon Musk.      Carina Johansen/Getty Images

Libs of TikTok has interacted with X owner Elon Musk.

In April 2022, he "liked" one of Raichik's tweets where she shared an article from the satirical conservative Christian website The Babylon Bee, titled "Liberals Raise Concerns About Account That's Making Them Look Bad By Just Sharing Their Actual Words."

In November 2022, when Musk began axing thousands of employees at X, Libs of TikTok mocked a former staff member in a tweet, and Musk replied.

Raichik has not received any suspensions since Musk took over the company.

In December 2022, Raichik showed her face for the first time.

In December 2022, Raichik showed her face for the first time.
Chaya Raichik is better known as Libs of TikTok.      Fox News

Raichik appeared on December 27, 2022 on "Tucker Carlson Today," a show on the Fox News streaming service Fox Nation, and showed her face for the first time.

She told Carlson she wanted to start doing in-person events because she was "ready for the next step."

During the interview, Raichik highlighted her anti-LGBTQ sentiments, calling the community a "cult" whose members "brainwash people."

Raichik also said that someone from Gov. DeSantis' team called her after the Washington Post revealed her identity.

"She said, 'The governor wanted me to give you a message. He said 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,'" Raichik said. "She said, 'We have a guest house for you, and you can come and stay as long as you need.'"

Raichik revealing her identity also makes her vulnerable to new criticism.

Raichik revealing her identity also makes her vulnerable to new criticism.
Chaya Raichik near the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.      US Government

Despite unwavering support from the right, Raichik's interview made her vulnerable.

After just a few hours, she appeared to have been spotted in videos from the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Extremism and disinformation researcher Chad Loder documented videos and images in their newsletter and said it had persuaded them that Raichik was there.

They noted screenshots of a Twitter account, shaya_ray, which software developer Travis Brown identified in April 2022 to be associated with Raichik, which appeared to show her describing heading to DC that day.

"I am taking off work to come support Trump," one now-deleted tweet said. "Every single supporter matters."

Raichik's apparent face is also seen in videos from GoPro footage and TikToks. Loder noted that there was no evidence of Raichik doing any more than joining the crowds outside the Capitol.

Raichik continued posting about schools whose policies she disagreed with.

Raichik continued posting about schools whose policies she disagreed with.
Chaya Raichik attends the DailyWire+ Red Carpet Premiere of "Lady Ballers" on November 29, 2023 in Nashville.      Jason Davis/Getty Images

Throughout 2023, Raichik continued to post content about school policies she disagreed with.

Her allegations included accusing a school of teaching with a "pornographic" book that taught "kids about gay sex," and accusing an elementary school of being "racist against white people."

A report by Vice in October 2023 found that at least 11 schools criticized by Raichik were targeted with bomb threats just days later.

Raichik insisted "the threats had nothing to do with her or her followers."

In February 2024, an NBC investigation found that after Raichik posted about an organization, at least 21 bomb threats had followed. The outlet identified 33 instances of violent intimidation overall.

Despite this, Raichik was appointed as an advisor to the Oklahoma library board in January, NBC reported, after finding a supporter in the state's Superintendent, Ryan Walters.

"Chaya is on the front lines showing the world exactly what the radical left is all about — lowering standards, porn in schools, and pushing woke indoctrination on our kids," Walters said in a statement. "Because of her work, families across the country know just what is going on in schools around the country."

Lorenz interviewed Raichik, releasing the video on February 24.

Lorenz interviewed Raichik, releasing the video on February 24.
Chaya Raichik being interviewed by Taylor Lorenz on February 24.      Taylor Lorenz/YouTube

After much criticism of each other online, Lorenz and Raichik met in February and an interview was released on Lorenz's YouTube channel.

Raichik arrived at the interview dressed in a t-shirt with Lorenz's face on it, seemingly as a means to mock her.

Lorenz quizzed Raichik on her beliefs about transgender people, sex education at schools, and immigration.

During the interview, Raichik said that "not all cultures are equal," and that immigrants "want to destroy America" and "don't stand for what America stands for."

She also said that being trans was "based on lies and nonsense," and cannot become "mainstream in our society."

"They're giving kids porn and telling third graders that they should masturbate," Raichik claimed of the schools she criticizes, without showing any evidence. "They're giving middle school children guides to gay sex, anal sex, sex toys."

Editor's note: This story was originally published on December 28, 2022, and most recently updated on February 28, 2024, to include details about Raichik's interview with Lorenz.

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