Texas assistant attorney general Nick Moutos has lost his job after he was criticised for past tweets in which he called trans people an “abomination” and promoted the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories.
Moutos is a lawyer and, until this week, was an assistant attorney general in Texas’ criminal prosecutions division.
On Thursday (September 3) Media Matters produced a report detailing Moutos’s racist, transphobic, homophobic, misogynistic and Islamophobic tweets, as well as his support of the controversial conspiracy theories. Every tweet included in the report was published by Mouto in 2020.
QAnon followers, among many outlandish claims, believe that Satan-worshipping paedophile rings involving high-ranking officials are working to take down president Donald Trump. Those who believe the conspiracy theory have been accused of inciting violence, and it was labelled a potential domestic terror threat by the FBI last year.
Pizzagate is another right-wing violence-linked conspiracy theory which preceded QAnon, and its supporters believe that Democrats have been trafficking children through a pizza restaurant in Washington, DC.
In July this year, Twitter announced that it would be cracking down on QAnon content on the platform.
Moutos responded to the announcement: “Q must be getting close to outing you as a pedophile or child trafficker or perhaps involved with Pizzagate?”
He has repeatedly used his Twitter account to refer to women, including house representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, as “Whore of Babylon”. When tweeting at both women, he used the hashtag “no warning shots” and suggested he was “armed and ready”.
Moutos is viciously Islamophobic, comparing Muslims to Nazis, and has also said that Omar is an “incestuous jihadi terrorist” who belongs in Guantanamo Bay.
He has described Islam as a “virus” that “seeks only to steel, kill, and destroy”, and claimed that the UK is “overrun with Muslims”.
The lawyer believes that the US is in the middle of a second civil war, and threatened Barrack Obama on Twitter: “I pray to meet you on the Civil War 2 battlefield.”
Moutos has also posted multiple anti-LGBT+ tweets, including ones calling trans people “abhorrent” and “an abomination” who “have a mental disorder”, and saying that supporting queer rights is “normalising perversion”.
Texas assistant attorney general Nick Moutos lost his job following the backlash against his comments.
Initially, when contacted about Nick Moutos and his comments on Twitter, a spokesperson for Texas’ office of the attorney general told Media Matters: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
“We’re looking into the matter and will address it as appropriate.”
But now, according to the Houston Chronicle, a spokesperson for the office said he no longer works there, without specifying why.
Moutos, however, wrote on Twitter: “Speaking out against the China Virus Plandemic [sic] & Democrats using it to steal Election 2020 makes people angry.
“Stories slamming me and others… were enough to cost me my job.”
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On Friday (September 4), addressing the backlash against his anti-LGBT+ comments Moutos wrote on Twitter: “How is it ‘bigoted’ to say that LGBTQ is an abomination?”