“The Guardian has identified an Alaska assistant attorney general as a supporter of the Mormon-derived extremist group the Deseret nationalists who has posted a series of racist, antisemitic and homophobic messages on social media. The Guardian’s investigation has triggered a review in the Alaska department of law, where the lawyer works. Matthias Cicotte, whose job means he works as the chief corrections counsel for Alaska’s attorney general, has acted for the department of law in a number of civil rights cases. But evidence from his Twitter output allowed Cicotte to be identified by anti-fascist researchers, whose evidence was confirmed by a Guardian investigation.”
“Online, Cicotte, under the moniker J Reuben Clark and the Twitter handle @JReubenCIark, has expressed extreme positions on race, criminal justice and religion. Since-deleted tweets archived by anti-fascists reveal that he advocated various extreme positions including the summary imprisonment of Black Lives Matter protesters; vigilante violence against leftwing groups; and a punishment of execution for acts including performing gender reassignment surgery. The JReubenCIark account was also one of the earliest and most prominent accounts to promote Deseret nationalism on Twitter using hashtags like #DeseretNationalism and #DezNat. Deseret nationalists or DezNats are a loose association of rightwing Mormons. Previously they have been noted for harassing perceived enemies online, such as progressive Mormons, LGBTQ Mormons, former Mormons and political progressives” The Guardian reports.
Cicotte’s scumbaggery is the latest in a series of black eyes for the Alaska Department of Law, with two state’s attorneys general in a row resigning over sexual misconduct in the past year – the first in August 2020 over thousands of dirty texts sent from then-AG Kevin Clarkson to a subordinate, the second in January 2021 when it was revealed then-acting AG Ed Sniffen had committed borderline statutory rape decades ago. Then there’s also the Republican attorneys general of Oklahoma and South Dakota, who resigned over an affair and was charged with running a guy over while distracted from reading RealClearPolitics on his phone and kept driving, respectively.
And don’t get us started on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. We could be here a while.