USA - Alaska’s assistant attorney general under investigation after posting racist and antisemitic tweets under fictitious name

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Cicotte posted under an alias. His identity was discovered by researchers who identify as anti-fascists.

The posts said all Black Lives Matter advocates should be in prison “or worse,” that someone who participated in a drag story hour “should be burned to death” and that parents who encourage children who are transgender should be jailed for child abuse.

Cicotte is an attorney with the state’s torts and workers compensation section. He is among the lawyers who represent the Department of Corrections.

In a statement, the Department of Law said it takes the allegations seriously.

“We uphold the dignity and respect of all individuals and ask that all of our employees do the same,” the statement says. “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.”

The allegations raised the concerns of Alaska civil rights advocates.

“I am just so disappointed and frustrated that we cannot move forward, that we’re not breaking ground because we have people in power that believe in racism and spew this racist rhetoric,” said Celeste Hodge-Growden, the president of the Alaska Black Caucus.

She said that if the department finds the article is true, it must review all cases Cicotte worked on to determine whether they should be reopened. And if he made the posts, he must not be in a position where he can influence the lives of others.

“Because if he is an individual that is racist or he exhibits racist behavior, and his actions show that he has concerns or concerns with people of color, then he clearly is in the wrong position,” she said.

NAACP Anchorage Branch Executive Director Kevin McGee said that if the story is true, Cicotte should be fired.

“You can’t justify yourself being in the Department of Law,” he said.

Cicotte didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, and didn’t respond to requests from the Guardian.

He is accused of publishing since-deleted tweets arguing that some races are naturally more intelligent than others and one that disapproves of the influence of Jewish women and the alleged decline of white men

He is accused of publishing since-deleted tweets arguing that some races are naturally more intelligent than others and one that disapproves of the influence of Jewish women and the alleged decline of white men 

Cicotte served as the chief corrections counsel for Alaska's attorney general and is said to have been the head on numerous civil rights cases

Cicotte served as the chief corrections counsel for Alaska's attorney general and is said to have been the head on numerous civil rights cases

The posts were under the name J. Reuben Clark, which is also the name of the law school Cicotte graduated from according to his LinkedIn page. The account made posts in support of Deseret nationalists, a group loosely associated with fringe members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons.

While the account used a pseudonym, the researchers found a trail of evidence regarding Cicotte’s identity, including photos matching his house’s interior.

The Guardian says the @JReubenClark account was 'one of the earliest and most prominent accounts to promote Deseret nationalism on Twitter'

The Guardian says the @JReubenClark account was 'one of the earliest and most prominent accounts to promote Deseret nationalism on Twitter'

The Deseret Nationalists are a 'loose association of rightwing Mormons'. Splinter Mormon groups such as these aren't associated with the mainline Mormon Church in Salt Lake City

The Deseret Nationalists are a 'loose association of rightwing Mormons'. Splinter Mormon groups such as these aren't associated with the mainline Mormon Church in Salt Lake City

The Alaska department of law has initiated a probe into the allegations against Cicotte

The Alaska department of law has initiated a probe into the allegations against Cicotte

Source: The Guardian