Back in September, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) got to see six of his siblings star in a viral campaign video endorsing his opponent. It was a delicious slice of schadenfreude in our current political landscape that’s been a brutal, never-ending parade of “Holy shit” and “You’ve gotta be f**king kidding me” moments with no end in sight. Fortunately, the trend of family members stepping up and saying, “Yo, our blood relative is out of his goddamn mind” is starting to become a thing. Which brings us to Steve West, a Republican candidate for the Missouri General Assembly whose own children are warning voters that their dad is a basket full of homophobia and anti-Semitism.
From the Kansas City Star:
“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.”
Just to put things in perspective, when I Googled Steve West, this headline popped up on the very first page:
Of course, he did. However, Steve West claims he would never condone violence like the anti-Semitic mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, but surprise! His kids had a bucket of “Yeah, no” ready for that one.
West denounced the shooting on Monday, and said some of his comments in recent months have been taken out of context.
“I absolutely renounce what took place there,” he said. “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.”
Andrew West said his father was not the type to commit violence.
“But certainly the terrorist that engaged in that synagogue shooting and my father have the same objective,” he said. “That objective is the removal of Jews from America. And certainly, if somebody who is already unstable gets the kind of message that he’s preaching, it’s all bad.”
While you’d just assume “Hitler was right” would pretty much encapsulate Steve West’s worldview, it’s actually way f**ing crazier than that unless Hitler was an anti-vaxxer, too. Either way, my brain hurts.
From NBC News:
Among his comments targeting Jews, West claimed that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in New York is getting kids “sick through vaccines” and “torturing them” with anti-cancer drugs “all for a little PR for the Jewish Cabal,” according to The Star. He also claimed Republican Jews are “grooming America, just as a pedophile grooms his victim.”
As for Steve’s view on homosexuality, you probably won’t be shocked to hear that he’s not a fan, but hang in there for the Shyamalan ending. (Emphasis mine.)
Regarding the LGBTQ community, West has said homosexuality and pedophilia are “absolutely linked,” and he called women’s athletics a “haven and breeding ground for lesbianism.”
When asked about these comments by NBC News, West doubled down on his claims, recalling a story about a heterosexual young woman who abandoned her college scholarship after being outnumbered by lesbians in the women’s locker room. He also claimed that homosexuality and pedophilia indeed “go hand in hand.”
“The homosexual world, they are by much greater percent predators — especially when it comes to boys,” he said. When asked for evidence to back these claims, he said to look up the work of Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative gay provocateur who was fired from Breitbart after video was uncovered of him making sympathetic comments about child-adult sexual relationships.
As for why Steve’s children would take issue with the dope and normal political stance of “Jews murder children with vaccines and are like pedophiles, which by the way, all gay people are,” obviously his bitch ex-wife put them up to it. Yup.
“I had a toxic divorce from my ex-wife and she’s poisoned my kids, and I have to live with that,” he said. “I’m sorry that she’s decided to make a political issue that doesn’t need to be.”
Here’s where Steve gets point for consistency. Not only did he tell the Kansas City Star that it’s clearly his ex-wife’s fault that his kids are a couple of weirdos who won’t support homophobia with a side of full-blown Nazism, he bad-mouthed his divorce on his campaign website, complete with linked blog posts, so have fun with that.
My first marriage was with Denine Wilson Cline in 1980 and ended with an amicable divorce after 6 years.
My second marriage (She asked not to be named) was in 1992. I adopted her daughter and we had two more children. This marriage ended with a very long drawn out toxic divorce in 2008.
I am currently happily married to Maureen, with whom I have been married for 5 years.
As for how a twice-divorced, pro-Hitler candidate absolutely dominated a Republican primary, who the hell knows? It’s not like there’s something or someone out there emboldening batshit fringe views whose place in The Discourse should never make it past an awkward conversation over riblets at Applebee’s. That’d be crazy, right? I bet it’s the fluoride in the water.