DeSantis Offered Libs of TikTok Refuge In Gov. Mansion After Doxxing & Threats
Libs of TikTok creator Chaya Raichik revealed that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis offered her refuge in the Governor’s mansion after she was doxxed by journalist Taylor Lorenz.
Raichik is a rock star among conservatives because of her viral videos that hold a mirror up to the left on LGBT and gender issues.
She decided to keep her identity private as she offered very little commentary on her videos, preferring to let them speak for themselves.
Earlier this year, Lorenz “doxxed” Raichik in an article that generated significant controversy.
The issue was first put on the public’s radar when Raichik posted a video of Lorenz harassing her family members.
“Which of my relatives did you enjoy harassing the most at their homes yesterday?” read the caption attached to the photo of a woman who appears to be Lorenz.
— David Reaboi, Late Republic Nonsense (@davereaboi) December 27, 2022
“When I was doxxed, someone from Ron DeSantis’ office called me. She said that the Governor wanted me to give you a message. “If you need a place to stay, you can come to the Governor’s mansion, we have a guest house for you, and you can come and stay as long as you need.”
“I was almost in tears. He took time out of his extremely busy schedule to send someone to call me to make sure I’m okay.”
Previous reports have indicated that Raichik worked with DeSantis’ communications team to spotlight the issues that led to the Governor passing the Parental Rights in Education bill in Florida.
Correspondence revealed by @claire_goforth shows Ron DeSantis’ press team worked with Libs of TikTok to promote Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, with then-press secretary Christina Pushaw saying Chaya Raichik “does a great job exposing degeneracy” https://t.co/iIveUQKTsx
— Ari Drennen (@AriDrennen) October 11, 2022
Lorenz faced intense criticism for her decision to doxx Raichik, with many pointing out that just weeks earlier, she decried harassment from conservatives on MSNBC, saying that it caused her “severe PTSD.”
🆕This is Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz a couple of weeks ago on #MSNBC.
She was crying victim of "harassment”.
Yesterday she tracked down and harassed family members of #LibsofTikTok for an article she published today.
It turns out Taylor’s the perpetrator, not victim. pic.twitter.com/ttD5CBxXYH
— Mariana (@lonestarherd) April 19, 2022
Glenn Greenwald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, slammed Lorenz, tweeting:
“The same people who – just 2 weeks ago – were insisting that criticizing Taylor Lorenz is wrong because it generates ‘harassment’ toward her are now cheering as she shows up at the homes of the relatives of Twitter users to dox them.”
The same people who – just 2 weeks ago – were insisting that criticizing Taylor Lorenz is wrong because it generates "harassment" toward her are now cheering as she shows up at the homes of the relatives of Twitter users to dox them.
Journalists at the top of the caste order.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 19, 2022
Others have said that Raichik’s doxxing was justified because she influenced Twitter, where she currently has 1.7 million followers, and because she has supposedly targeted the LGBT community.
“There’s no justifiable reason to protect the identity of someone like Raichik on social media so she can spread this kind of intolerance with impunity. The public has a significant interest in knowing who is behind accounts that have major influence on public discourse about important issues,” said Kara Alaimo for NBC News.
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