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Assistant Texas attorney general loses job after bigoted, conspiracy theory tweets surface

Nick Moutos
Texas Tribune
Former Asst. Texas Attorney General Nick Moutos.

AUSTIN, Texas — An assistant attorney general in Texas who ran for Congress this year has lost his job after reports surfaced showing social media posts he had made supporting conspiracy theories and touting bigoted views.

Nick Moutos regularly described Black Lives Matter protesters as "terrorists" and promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter. He also called Islam a “virus” and transgender people an “abomination.”

Moutos, who finished third in a Republican primary election for a congressional seat in Austin, began working in the criminal prosecution division of the Texas attorney general’s office in 2017.

This past week, the watchdog group Media Matters highlighted social media posts that included Moutos using the hashtags #PlentyofAmmo and #OpenSeasonOnTerrorists while expressing support for a white St. Louis couple charged for waving guns during a racial injustice protest outside their home.

Kayleigh Date, an agency spokeswoman, confirmed that Moutos no longer worked for the Texas AG's office. She did not comment further. Moutos was earning an annual salary of $100,652.

Moutos tweeted that “stories slamming me & others” were “enough to cost me my job.” He also defended the QAnon conspiracy theory, which centers on the baseless belief that President Donald Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals.

He did not return an email message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Media Matters has previously identified dozens of congressional candidates running in the 2020 election cycle who have endorsed or promoted QAnon.

In the year he’s been on Twitter, Moutos has amassed over 20,000 tweets on his account, many of which are attacks — including threats of violence — against prominent Democrats.

“@BarackObama I pray to meet you on the #CivilWar2 #Battlefield. #Jesus #2A #MolonLabe,” he tweeted in June. “Molon Labe” is a Greek phrase that can be translated as “come and take them” and is popularly used by gun-rights advocates.

Moutos’ tweets often tout the Second Amendment and gun ownership while expressing his anger toward elected officials.

He has frequently referred to female members of Congress as“Whores of Babylon,” an apparent reference to a chapter in the Bible titled “The Great Whore and the Beast.”

“Hey there #WhoreOfBabylon, you wouldn’t even know what a Bible looks like! #Jesus #2A #MolonLabe #ArmedAndReadyVeteran #NoWarningShots #CenterMassUntilThreatDrops #Jesus,” he tweeted in response to a tweet from U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., in early June. “Center Mass Until Threat Drops” appears to refer to police training wherein officers are trained to aim at the “center mass” of a person while firing a weapon.

Moutos also used the phrase multiple times to reference U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

This isn’t the first time a staffer in the attorney general’s office has been in hot water over their social media presence. In 2018, the communications director for the office deleted his Twitter account after sharing tweets mocking sexual misconduct allegations brought against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In 2017, an associate deputy attorney general resigned after a Dallas Morning News story drew attention to comments he made about #MeToo survivors.

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36 Comments

      1. Of course you did. Any time there is a news article that is contrary to your sick ideology, you Nazis always call it “fake news’ just like your white trash leader.

    1. oh please miss Turner. God forbid someone disagrees with you, first thing you say “nazi” “russian”. 99% of the time you have zero meaningful argument it’s all name calling and orange buffoon. I hope you know when blm/antifa come to loot and burn EL Paso they’re gonna lump you with the rest of the white folks, cause you ain’t radical enough

      1. markturner is a wannabe antifa and clearly a communist. Notice it is the white trailer park trash leftists trying to take over the BLM movement. Plenty of them in white trash dominated Seattle and Portland.

    1. Mark, that couldn’t be anymore true. Thug Paxton and Bible-thumping hypocrite Patrick are two racist peas in a pod. All of their staff share the same ultra-conservative BS mentality.

  1. Racism and Right Wing Morons running wild under their Chief Bigot Racist Pig of a fake president Trump. Every time he opens his hole he gets deeper in trouble. This idiot is clueless on how to behave around people, any type of people, including his own Cabinet full of kiss asses. There are a few die hard who will still vote for this gold plated fool with the instincts of a two year old who wants to get Christmas presents everyday of the year. But there are enough American people in their right mind who will vote this fool out of politics, period. There will always be Racist and Bigots in this country, but by showing Trump the way out the door we will be sending a message to the World that we are better than having a Racist Fool for a president who cares most about his immediate self interests and damn everyone and everything else around him.

    1. Go back into your parents basement and let your mommy cook you a nice lunch. Leave the politics to the adults. You clearly have no clue what the real world looks like.

  2. Racist racist racist…….provides NOT ONE example that carries any water. This official is an idiot for letting his emotions get to him but he’s allowed an opinion. The media really really really wants you to believe there’s no child trafficking going on at high levels. …….makes you wonder why they’re working over time on that

        1. Alberto, again how do you come up with your comebacks? They are so substantive and original. I guess we should all start supporting Tramp so we can all be as smart as you!

      1. uh….what? haven’t you heard of Epstein? You know the guy that didn’t kill himself? The moussad backed financier that was trafficking kids to wealthy politicians? Seriously you don’t know that story? You should read bout it sometime or am I dumb for knowing about it? I always pegged you as ill informed but not a pedo sympathizer, not surprised your a dem/pedo

    1. they do social media monitoring and people were offended their fb cost them a job. it’s nothing new and if you are an elected official you should not be tweeting stuff like the former asst ag. was.

  3. The time is here where this is no longer accepted. They are the minority and need to shut their mouths when it comes to bigoted views/comments. Hit them in the pocket!! Remove them from their jobs and put it in contracts that if caught they lose their retirements. Especially if it a government job. Hit them in the pocket and hit them hard!!!!!!

      1. Fero/AlbertVelarde/Trump2020, anyone with even half a brain knows you’re the same person. You think that supporting Trump makes you appear smarter. It has the opposite effect.

        1. Wrong. No cigar bruja. Everyone here knows you are that dumbass Alberto Velarde the section 8 welfare queen. Alberto in his daily tranny moment. BTW – Biden is too senile to support. Unfit for the presidency.

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