Republican Steve West, 64, is running for a House seat in Missouri’s 15th Congressional District, but there are a few people who definitely won’t be voting for him—two of his three adult children, who are hoping other people won’t vote for him either.
Speaking to The Kansas City Star, his daughter Emily said, “I can’t imagine him being in any level of government. He’s made multiple comments that are racist and homophobic and how he doesn’t like the Jews.” West’s son, Andy, agreed, telling The Star that his father’s “My dad’s a fanatic. He must be stopped. His ideology is pure hatred. It’s totally insane.”
“My dad’s a fanatic. He must be stopped,” said Andy West, the middle of Steve West’s three children. “His ideology is pure hatred. It’s totally insane." https://t.co/34JCsXuZdy https://t.co/v4Ai1MV19B— Matt Pearce ? (@mattdpearce) October 31, 2018
Bear in mind, his kids took it upon themselves to reach out to the paper. They said this was after they saw a lot of lawn signs supporting their father while driving through the Clay County House district.
West says that his ex-wife is the reason his kids have such a negative attitude toward him. “I had a toxic divorce from my ex-wife and she’s poisoned my kids, and I have to live with that I’m sorry that she’s decided to make a political issue that doesn’t need to be.”
Speaking to NBC News, West denied his kids’ statements, claiming, “I’m not anti-Semitic. I have no racism at all, and I’m not a homophobic.”
But West is the host of a radio show and YouTube channel (where he apparently puts on a fake wig and beard and refers to himself as Jack Justice) on which he’s made many bigoted statements, according to The Star. For example, he’s said that homosexuality and pedophilia are “absolutely linked” and he’s said that women’s athletics are a “haven and breeding ground for lesbianism.” Ummm. What?
West also accused St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in New York of making kids “sick through vaccines” and “torturing them” with anti-cancer drugs “all for a little PR for the Jewish Cabal.”
In August, the Missouri Republican Party issued a statement saying that West’s “shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual.” It continued, “West’s abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments.”