Former President Donald Trump hosted the influential conservatives behind “Libs of Tik Tok” and Babylon Bee at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, as part of a new charm offensive by the Republican presidential candidate, according to a source with knowledge. of the strategy.
In addition to the creator of the controversial “Libs of TikTok” Twitter account, Trump also hosted Seth Dillon, owner of the conservative political satire website Babylon Bee, according to the source. Dillon could not immediately be reached for comment.
This was one of the first of many wine and dine events Trump has planned with social media influencers, the source said.
Trump, who last year announced he would run for president again, has been slow to start holding rallies or public events for his re-election campaign. On Saturday, he will head to New Hampshire and South Carolina for events.
The “Libs of TikTok” creator, who has gained widespread popularity among far-right figures, on Tuesday tweeted a photo with Trump, who she says invited her to dinner.
“I ran into this guy and he invited me to dinner. Seems nice! Chaya Raichik, owner of the “Libs of TikTok” account, wrote in a tweet that contained a photo of her and Trump giving a thumbs up while sitting at a dining room table.
Raichik is considered to have influence in the political circle of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seen as a potential main opponent of Trump.
In another tweet, Raichick said he asked Trump “if his first tweet could be to retweet this” with a laughing and crying emoji. The former president has been absent from Twitter following his suspension following the attack on the Capitol on January 6. Twitter owner Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s account in November but has yet to post anything on the social media platform. Trump, however, has searched for weeks for information on how to return to Twitter and that his campaign advisers have also been working on ideas for his first tweet, NBC News reported.
It is unclear why Trump met with Raichik. NBC News contacted Trump for comment.
Raichik was identified as the creator of “Libs of TikTok” during a Washington Post report last year. The Twitter account has more than 1 million followers and more than 300,000 followers on Instagram.
Raichik started “Libs of TikTok” months after Trump’s suspension from Twitter, the Post reported. The posts on the account, which largely consist of mocking TikTok videos and social media posts from people who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, have been widely shared by media figures, politicians, and right-wing influencers. . His influence among right-wingers comes amid a recent surge in anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country.
In now-deleted tweets under an old Twitter handle, Raichik reportedly declared his support for Trump, according to the Post. Raichik spoke about traveling to Washington, D.C. to support Trump at the Stop the Steal rally on January 6, 2021 amid the then-President’s refusal to concede his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. Raichik also reportedly tweeted videos and his account of events as the attack on the Capitol unfolded.