TikToker say a Republican college sophomore “invoked herself” after claiming she wrote “liberal essays” for higher school grades.
@riannasun2 is a TikToker and social media personality known for creating posts related to Republican politics. On May 5, she made a TikTok post about college grading, echoing the popular Republican talking point that conservatives are devalued in their colleges simply because they are conservative. In the video, she claims she wrote “liberal essays” in college to get better grades. In comments, TikToker made her goofy and instead said she gets high marks for writing a coherent, fact-based essay.
@riannasun2 Anyone else? #republican #ca #cali #conservative #usa #america #politics #joebiden #sleepyjoe #makeup #republicangirls ♬ We did what we had to do gurl aaahahaha – Boman Martinez-Reid
The video currently has over 187,000 views.
Commentators seemed to find the video funny, with some arguing that the video revealed more about her ideology than she realized.
“This is the best selfie I’ve ever seen,” wrote one user.
“Um… you didn’t do what you’re about to do here,” stated another.
“So you admit that Republican philosophy is not based on logic, critical thinking and historical record?” asked a third.
Others commented questioning its premise, with many noting that the idea of a “liberal essay” was flawed.
“What is a ‘liberal essay’?” asked one commenter.
“I got A’s on papers that went directly against the professor/course material [because] I used clear logic and sound sources,” claimed one user. “It’s not about the opinion.”
Many others explained that the trick to getting good grades at university was not ideological correctness, but simply following the professor’s instructions.
“Why would you even bother? This feels like more effort than it’s worth,” explained one commenter. “Just do the task according to the rubric.”
While many comments were against @riannasun2, some defended her with their own claims.
“It used to be like that,” shared one commenter. “You haven’t even [to] Make sense.”
“I did that once and my professor returned it and said I know that’s not what you think it is and I had to rewrite my work,” recalled another.
The Daily Dot reached out to @riannasun2 for comment via TikTok comment and Instagram DM.
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*Initial publication: May 7, 2022 at 8:03 am CDT
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