There are so many Nazis running for office in America right now, it’s hard for even watchdog groups like the Anti-Defamation League to keep track. “I’m trying to get sense of why he flew under the radar, and I’m not sure I have a great answer,” Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Kansas City Star.
She’s referring to Steve West, a local radio host on KCXL and the winner of a Missouri House Republican primary this week by nearly 25 points.
West is a real piece of work. Every Monday morning, he rants on his radio show about “Jewish cabals” that he says are “harvesting baby parts” through Planned Parenthood, and other similarly absurd conspiracy dreck that would maybe be a bit too inflammatory for Alex Jones’ Infowars. He also has a YouTube channel on which he inexplicably dons a wig and fake beard and calls himself “Jack Justice.” Hoo boy.
On January 23, 2017 show, he dropped a real doozy: “Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it.” West has never apologized for his many anti-semitic, racist, and homophobic comments.
He asked the Star to link to his absolutely batshit website, which includes front page articles like “The Coming Battle with Islam.” There are also links to archives of his radio show, which include in their titles mentions of anti-semitism, anti-vaxxer rhetoric, conspiracy theories regarding the “assassination” of Antonin Scalia, and QAnon-like theories about pedophilia in liberal circles.
The Missouri Republican Party issued a statement about West on Thursday afternoon. “Steve West’s shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual. West’s abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments,” they said.
The Kansas City Star reached West for an interview, in which he refused to discuss his past comments.
“You guys want to make it an issue, you can go there, but I’m not going to comment on that,” he told the newspaper. “I’m not running as a radio show host, I’m running for state representative. I’m sorry. I’m not going to have this discussion.”
And yet, it didn’t take long for his vile rhetoric to rear its head.
“Jewish people can be beautiful people, but there’s ideologies associated with that that I don’t agree with,” he went on. “Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.”
West again asked to speak about issues related to the job of a state representative. When asked about Jewish people in Missouri, he said, “Well, maybe they shouldn’t vote for me.”
Don’t worry dude, they won’t.