GOP candidate Steve West lost his race for Missouri’s 15th District to incumbent Democrat Jon Carpenter by nearly 30 percentage points. The state’s Republican party disavowed West prior to the election, saying, they rejected his,
abhorrent”rhetoric and that West has “absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere.”
Before the election, West’s race made national headlines when his own children came out publicly against him and urged voters to reject their father. Steve West’s daughter Emily told The Kansas City Star,
“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.”
Steve West’s son, Andy said,
“He must be stopped. His ideology is pure hatred.”
In an interview with NBC News, West claimed not to be homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic. But then he proceeded to repeat some of his most shocking ideas,
“The homosexual world, they are by much greater percent predators — especially when it comes to boys.”
When to back up his claims, he sited 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.
In a statement posted on West’s campaign website after news about his family feud broke, West wrote,
“I recognize Islam is a problem for America.”
West has also said,
“There isn’t anything about Judaism or the Jews that is salvageable without Christianity…. What happens when a rat like that gets into a position of government? Guess what the, the penalty for treason is? Death! Because people die when these people get in these positions that, that are sensitive positions and we go to war and, and, and they manipulate this country to the benefit of their real home team, which happens to be Israel. These people don’t have the right to serve in government! They shouldn’t have the right to serve in any elected office, they shouldn’t have the right to contribute to political campaigns because they are trying to poison this country for the benefit of Israel.”
Steph Perkins, interim director of PROMO, a Missouri LGBTQ advocacy group, said his organization is
“grateful that the voters in Missouri’s 15th district re-elected Rep. Jon Carpenter.
Rep. Carpenter is a reflection of Missouri at its best, a Missouri where we care for one another, honor our differences, and are an ally to our LGBTQ neighbors who face discrimination.”
In an interview with NBC News after the results were announced, West said,
“I was disappointed, but that’s okay; a lot of Republicans lost last night. It is what it is. I’m fine. I’m going to go back to work.”
As what? I guess you might imagine him getting a job at the White House, come to think of it.
(Photo, campaign; via NBC News)