A Republican Missouri House candidate is being called racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and unfit to run for office...by his own children. As Steve West, 64, vyes for a House seat in Missouri's 15th congressional district, his children, Emily and Andy West, have been speaking out to media outlets to inform voters that their father does not deserve to win the race.
"I can't imagine him being in any level of government," Emily told The Kansas City Star at the end of last month.
West's children were prompted to sound off about his foul, deplorable beliefs after they saw many yard signs supporting him when they drove through the 15th district, which is located in northern Kansas City and accounts for about 36,742 residents. The district is currently represented by Jon Carpenter, a Democrat who beat out Kevin Corlew by a wide margin in the 2012 election.
"If he gets elected, it would legitimize him," Andy told the Associated Press. "Then he would become a state official, and he's saying that Jews shouldn't even have civil rights." He added that his father also supports the removal of Jews from the United States.
On October 15, just days before the devastating massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 worshippers were killed in cold blood, West spoke about Israel on his show, "The Hard Truth with Jack Justice."
"They have been running this assault on America," he said on the show. "They have been giving us gay marriage, pornography, abortion, everything that's anti-Christian. This is what they do. This is how they corrupt a Christian nation, because they are an anti-Christ people."
Back in 2017, West said that Hitler "was right" on his Jack Justice show. "Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany, and who was behind it," he said on the show.
West also claims that his kids are only speaking out against him because their mother, his ex-wife, has turned them against him. "I had a toxic divorce from my ex-wife and she's poisoned my kids, and I have to live with that," he told AP.
When incumbent candidate Jon Carpenter was asked about his opponent's hateful ideology, he said that he imagines many of his supporters are unaware of his more radical views. "I'm deeply disturbed by his candidacy," he said, "and it's my hope that the voters of the 15th District overwhelmingly reject that kind of bigotry on election day."
What do you think about this story? Why does Steve West have so much hate in his heart? What does it mean for the current state of politics if he wins? When do a person's views become so radical that they should be forbidden from participating? Let us know in the comments down below!
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