Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chaya Raichik, who runs the anti-LGBTQ+ Libs of TikTok Twitter account, exchanged heated words in the Capitol Building on Thursday.
After trying for more than a week to confront her, Raichik fooled Ocasio-Cortez into posing for a picture. As soon as the congresswoman recognized the hate monger, she let her know precisely what she felt. Video of the interaction became viral.
Raichik is currently promoting a book and selling subscriptions to her online platform. She claims that Ocasio-Cortez lied to a committee hearing in February when she claimed that the influencer’s online activities had inspired harassment and bomb threats to Boston Children’s Hospital.
Last year, Libs of TikTok tweeted breathlessly about the hospital’s gender-affirming care unit before somebody threatened the hospital.
The Heritage Foundation, a prominent conservative think tank, assisted Raichik in filing an ethics complaint against Ocasio-Cortez.
The New York lawmaker was not in her office when Raichik delivered the paperwork earlier that day, according to Raichik in the video.
Raichik and Ocasio-Cortez, who did not recognize the far-right personality, posed for a photo before Raichik explained that she had “just delivered an ethics complaint to your office because you lied about me in a committee hearing.”
“Uh-huh. Oh hi! Yeah, no, I actually didn’t,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I never inspired a bomb threat,” Raichik replied, but Ocasio-Cortez cut her off, saying Raichik was “actually super transphobic, and I never want to share a space with you!” Then Ocasio-Cortez said, “thank you,” turned, and walked away, leaving Raichik grinning.
Most of Raichik’s time is spent attacking LGBTQ+ people and their allies on social media. First, she posts photos and videos to her 2 million followers, who then target the creators of the videos with anti-LGBTQ+ vitriol. Conservatives praise Raichik for exposing what they say is a plot to indoctrinate kids with so-called "gender ideology." However, security experts say she engages in stochastic terrorism tactics. In addition, she uses plausible deniability to deny responsibility for acts her targeted messages inspire.
The incident followed Raichik’s attempt to confront Ocasio-Cortez last week at her office when she was turned down.
“Dear AOC, please don’t lie about American citizens. Love, Chaya,” Raichik scrawled on a sticky note that she left behind, stuck to Ocasio-Cortez’s door.
The Advocate has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.
On Thursday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez quote tweeted a video of the interaction. The clip has more than 18 million views.
“NYC doesn’t play with bigots and transphobes and neither do I,” she wrote.