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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls LibsOfTikTok creator Chaya Raichik “super transphobic”

Raichik's tweets have inspired death and bomb threats against a Boston children's hospital.


By Daniel Villarreal



A six-second video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) calling LibsofTikTok creator Chaya Raichik “super transphobic” to her face has gone viral, receiving over 3.5 million views on Twitter in fewer than 24 hours.


The context leading up to the video helps explain what occurs in it. This week, the anti-LGBTQ+ think tank Heritage Foundation asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Ocasio-Cortez for “intentionally defaming” Raichik and “falsely accusing her of lying and disseminating disinformation” during a February 8 hearing of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee.


In the hearing, Ocasio-Cortez asked Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety, about 13 tweets Raichik posted in early August 2022. The tweets claimed that the Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts was conducting gender-affirming surgery on children as young as two or three years old and performing hysterectomies “for young girls” as part of their gender-affirming care program.


 

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