Who knows a candidate best? There is his or her campaign manager, the volunteers, but families can be the best measure of a person running for office. A Kansas City Republican man has been running for a seat in Missouri’s House in the midterm elections. Once his daughter caught sight of some of his campaign yard signs, she decided to take extreme measures.
Steve West, 64, wanted a seat in Missouri’s House District 15. He also hosts a radio program. Unfortunately, he has used his microphone to spread anti-Semitic hate. He is a conspiracy theorist ranting about “Jewish cabals” that are “harvesting baby parts” via Planned Parenthood. His alter ego is “Jack Justice.”
On one of West’s shows he said, according to The Kansas City Star:
‘Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it.’
His daughter, Emily West, decided she had to do something about her father. She told the Kansas City Star:
‘I can’t imagine him being in any level of government.’
The famous St. Jude’s Hospital for Children has come under a West attack. The hospital never charges the parents for their children’s care. Yet, West decided to accuse the medical center of “trading on the pain and suffering of children,” according to the Star. His anti-Semitic rant included:
‘St. Judes hospital, they’re cancer research. They’re getting kids sick through vaccines and other means, and they are torturing them with these anti-cancer drugs. The St. Jude’s Hospital — it makes me sick how they are are (sic) suffering, and all for a little PR for the Jewish cabal.’
Regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, Karen Aroesty, said:
‘I’m trying to get sense of why he flew under the radar, and I’m not sure I have a great answer. What is a person who is elected into a position of power going to do with beliefs like this?’
She also accused her father of other racists remarks. Emily West said that he repeatedly attacked gays and minorities, too. West’s daughter said that her father’s views were way beyond the center and extremely offensive. After she saw some yard signs promoting her father, she got worried. She called him “racist,” “homophobic” and “anti-Semitic”:
‘A lot of his views are just very out there. He’s made multiple comments that are racist and homophobic and how he doesn’t like the Jews. I think it’s just insane that people are putting out his signs. You see his signs everywhere. I don’t understand how people can put out his signs knowing the comments that he’s made.’
The elder West claimed that he was not anti-Semitic. He also released a statement about the Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter killed 11 people who were attending services there and wounded six others, including four police officers.
In his statement, West called the murders “a terrible travesty and injustice:”
‘I absolutely renounce what took place there. I have never, never suggested anything like that. When stuff like that happens, it is a terrible travesty and injustice. I would never condone any violence against any people because of a specific race or religion or anything else.’
Emily said that as her father has aged, he has become more “out there.” She had no idea that he would win the GOP primary, but when he did, she “asked him to drop out:”
‘I asked him to drop out and said, “I think it’s a really bad idea that you’re running and I don’t think this is going to end well for you.” And he told me that this is what his life has been about and that everything in his life has come to this moment and it’s the most important thing. And I said, “OK, then I don’t want to talk to you. I don’t want you to be a part of my life.” And I haven’t talked to him since.’
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