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Texas assistant attorney general loses his job after tweets targeting Muslims, social justice protests

Nick Moutos, an assistant attorney general for Texas, has lost his job after a national media report detailed social media posts that encouraged violence against Black Lives Matters protesters, likened Islam to a virus and dismissed the fight for LGBTQ rights as "normalizing perversion."

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By CHUCK LINDELL | Austin American-Statesman | Published: September 5, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (Tribune News Service) — An assistant attorney general for Texas has lost his job after a national media report detailed social media posts that encouraged violence against Black Lives Matters protesters, likened Islam to a virus and dismissed the fight for LGBTQ rights as "normalizing perversion."

The report by Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog, also highlighted Nick Moutos' support for the theories behind QAnon, which sees President Donald Trump as a leading hero in the fight against satanic pedophiles who secretly run the government.

Moutos was an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Prosecutions Division until Thursday, when the Media Matters report was published online.

An agency spokeswoman confirmed that Moutos was no longer employed by Attorney General Ken Paxton but declined to discuss the matter further.

Moutos acknowledged in a Thursday night Twitter post that media scrutiny was "enough to cost me my job."

"Speaking out against the #ChinaVirus #Plandemic & #Democrats using it to steal #Election2020 makes people angry," he added, referring to a conspiracy theory that sees the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a scheme for profit and control.

Moutos has tweeted that America is in the midst of a second civil war with "globalists," Democrats and Black Lives Matter activists on one side and patriots supporting gun rights on the other. Those patriots bought more than 1.7 million guns in May, he warned, and several of his tweets included a NoWarningShots hashtag.

After former President Barack Obama supported those protesting against police violence directed against Black Americans, Moutos responded by calling Obama a traitor and added: "I pray to meet you on the #CivilWar2 #Battlefield."

Although his tweets about protesters have included such hashtags as PlentyOfAmmo and TargetsOfOpportunity, Moutos denied that he was advocating for violence. In a tweet sent late Thursday, he said he was instead "calling for using the full authority of the law and defend yourselves and your families!"

Moutos was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Congress earlier this year, coming in third in a three-way primary to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett.

It was his first run for office, according to his campaign website, which noted that Moutos joined the Criminal Prosecutions Division in April 2017 after two years as a deputy county attorney in Arizona.

A six-year stint in the Navy began in 1986 and included service on the USS Wisconsin battleship during Desert Storm, after which Moutos continued serving in the Navy and Army Reserves, rising to the rank of captain, his campaign biography said.

The website said Moutos' campaign was inspired by the impact of the 1962 Supreme Court decision barring organized prayer in public schools, saying it led to God being "systematically removed from society" in an attack on morality that is destroying families, particularly women and children.

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