On TikTok, a creator who goes by Jack, or @thejackreichert on the app, creates comedic content online. With over 6 million likes on TikTok and almost 70 thousand followers, it is safe to say his content is widespread on the app. However, his most recent videos are creating the most controversy online and gaining the most traction after he encouraged people to request congressman Madison Cawthorn on Venmo for “reparations for crimes against women.” Now, he says that over 257 people have requested Cawthorn for money through the app and he also released the Venmos of 5 other Republican congressmen and encouraged them to request money with pro-choice messages.
In case you are unaware, Cawthorn is a North Carolina member of congress. He was elected to represent the state in 2020 and running for re-election. The Republican congressman has faced criticisms from those in the Democratic and Republican parties for a number of controversies including bringing a loaded gun into an airport and also has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies.
After a Supreme Court draft that would overturn Roe V. Wade was leaked, many have protested this in various ways. This is why Jack chose Cawthorn as one of the people to troll through Venmo and other congressmen who are in favor of the overturning as well. “I’m sure a lot of us feel powerless,” Jack starts. Venmo has a place to put a message, where he encourages people to express their feelings on the issue. Many were definitely in favor of this, as it was another way to protest that wasn’t calling senators or others in the local government. “Wait you’re actually using the platform for good, thank you Jack and the crew,” wrote one commenter online.
Since the draft was leaked, many have protested on both sides. Some protest in person, often at the White House or their state capital, but this TikToker provided a different way of doing so to help people feel less powerless. “Direct action in 2022! We love to see it,” commented one user.