An Alaska assistant attorney general has been outed as a supporter of the extremist group called the Deseret nationalists, who have published racist, antisemitic, homophobic, and transphobic posts on social media, according to an investigation by The Guardian.
The Alaska Department of Law is now reviewing the matter due to the newspaper report.
The assistant attorney general at the center of the investigation is Matthias Cicotte. He works as chief corrections counsel for the state. The Guardian noted he has represented the department of law in civil rights cases.
Antifascist researchers found Cicotte’s Twitter account, where he posted under an alias. That information was then confirmed by the The Guardian.
“The department of law takes the allegations raised here seriously, and we uphold the dignity and respect of all individuals and ask that all of our employees do the same,” said Cori Mills, the state’s deputy attorney general, in a statement.
“Having just learned about this late last week, we are gathering information and conducting a review. Since this involves personnel issues, we are very limited in our ability to comment further,” Mills said.
Cicotte did not provide a comment.
Cicotte, in deleted tweets archived by the researchers, supported the death penalty for doctors who perform gender affirmation surgeries, and violence toward leftist groups and even drag queens who read to children in libraries.
The Guardian reported that Cicotte, using the moniker J Reuben Clark, also promoted Deseret nationalism on Twitter. The nationalists are an association of right-wing, racist Mormons who often troll leftist Mormons and even LGBTQ+ Mormons.
Some in the group, also known as DezNats, desire to remake Deseret, which would essentially be a white ethnostate in the U.S. West.
Besides racist postings, Cicotte wrote violent anti-LGBTQ+ content as well.
In response to a 2017 event where a drag queen read children's stories to kids, he wrote, “This demon should be burned to death and everyone responsible for that library event should be in prison.”
Two years later Cicotte posted, “People who encourage a kid to think he’s a different sex than what he is (including parents) go to jail for child abuse.” He added, “People who perform or abet sex change operations on kids get the death penalty.”
Some of the details that connected Cicotte to the account were “the length of his marriage, to the identity of his criminal law professor, to his frequent moves, to the dates of his various stints in higher education, to his ownership of a Minivan, to the date of his house purchase,” The Guardian reported.