The daughter of Steve West, a controversial Republican candidate for the Missouri General Assembly, is speaking out harshly against her own father. According to the Kansas City Star, Emily West is calling her father "a fanatic" and "totally insane" for his apparent racist beliefs.
"I can't imagine him being in any level of government," she told reporters. "He's made multiple comments that are racist and homophobic and how he doesn't like the Jews."
"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,'" she continued, in part. "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."
Twitter rallied around Emily following her comments.
"Emily West has a message for voters in Missouri House District 15. Don't vote for her dad. "I can't imagine him… https://t.co/wCyE2Q91Ou— Conrad King (@Conrad King) 1540955476.0
@wvjoe911 Emily West, thank you for being honest. I hope voters in Missouri realize and admire the fortitude it tak… https://t.co/weFdUWPTWX— Padron702 (@Padron702) 1540931245.0
@thehill Emily West is a hero.— Nayaab Khan (@Nayaab Khan) 1540947268.0
Emily West is officially America’s daughter https://t.co/8QoVTBFSGK— David Lance #FBPE #WATON (@David Lance #FBPE #WATON) 1540925119.0
Steve West has a terrible reputation for making outrageous claims like "Hitler was right" and making numerous anti-Semitic remarks. Despite the controversy surrounding him, he could possibly win a Missouri General Assembly seat in this upcoming election.
Here's what Twitter thinks of Steve West's nutty rhetoric.
Another racist, bigot, POS -> Steve West of Missouri another cockroach coming out since Trump! Kudos to his kids sp… https://t.co/qY7LbydoEo— RoseFromPhila 👠🕶🍸 (@RoseFromPhila 👠🕶🍸) 1541032327.0
You know you're a racist when your own children tell people not to vote for you. “He must be stopped. His ideology… https://t.co/0nygjwzHzx— Evelyn Lizette ☀️ (@Evelyn Lizette ☀️) 1541040518.0
@ZekeJMiller @yashar So Steve West blames his ex wife saying that “she poisoned” his kids against him? Nah. His kid… https://t.co/aMDQRgBScH— Svea Elske (@Svea Elske) 1541012609.0
@thehill I’m not saying Steve West is a racist. I’m saying his grown-ass very adult daughter believes he’s a racist...— RealTalk (@RealTalk) 1541008105.0
Steve West's son also spoke out against him. Thanksgiving is about to be awkward!
“He must be stopped,” said the son of Missouri Republican Steve West. “His ideology is pure hatred.” https://t.co/YP9ohkwhvs— NBC Out (@NBC Out) 1541025933.0
People are outraged that Steve West has a political platform.
@chrislhayes The children of racist Steve West, GOP candidate for MO Gen. Assembly are urging people to vote for hi… https://t.co/09c0RkEI3E— Hilory (@Hilory) 1541024270.0
Some complained the story isn't getting enough media attention.
@FoxNews @BetoORourke Don't y'all have something better to talk about? I know. How about y'all do a story about Ste… https://t.co/4x9nAHQCI7— Don't boo. Vote Nov. 6th! (@Don't boo. Vote Nov. 6th!) 1540995645.0
The racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semite’s name is Steve West and you should probably lead with that. https://t.co/PkWuEg89Lk— northern transplant (@northern transplant) 1541015510.0
Here's more background on the bizarre remarks that brought West into the spotlight.
Republican Who Said "Hitler Was Right" Wins Primary Election www.youtube.com
If you can stomach it, here's a sampling of Steve West's controversial remarks, under the pseudonym "Jack Justice"
Jack Justie Hard Truth: Gay marriage and the assault on culture ramped up www.youtube.com
Looking into Steve West's background, he's definitely made some wacky claims. Being denounced by your own children is pretty brutal, but this guy seems like he deserves it. As Emily said, bigots have no place in government. Just another great reason to vote in this midterm election!