Emily West has a message for voters in Missouri House District 15.
Don’t vote for her dad.
“I can’t imagine him being in any level of government,” she told The Star on Monday.
Her dad is Steve West, 64, the Republican candidate for the Missouri General Assembly who made headlines after winning the GOP primary in August when word spread about his radio show and website through which he regularly espoused an array of bigotry including homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and outright racism.
“A lot of his views are just very out there,” Emily West said. “He’s made multiple comments that are racist and homophobic and how he doesn’t like the Jews.”
On Tuesday, her brother contacted The Star to say that he, too, was concerned about their father’s candidacy.
“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.
“If he gets elected, it would legitimize him. Then he would become a state official, and he’s saying that Jews shouldn’t even have civil rights.”
Both said their concerns were heightened when they recently drove through the Clay County House district — which covers Gladstone and a part of Kansas City, North — and saw lots of yard signs in support of their father.
“I think it’s just insane that people are putting out his signs,” Emily West said. “You see his signs everywhere. I don’t understand how people can put out his signs knowing the comments that he’s made.”
Anti-Semitism is again dominating the headlines after 11 people were killed Saturday in a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that is being called the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U. S. history. Authorities said the gunman told a SWAT officer after he was shot and captured that “I just want to kill Jews.” The accused shooter appeared to have an extensive anti-Semitic social media profile, posting one threatening message just minutes before the attack.
SOURCE: JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star