Oh, Missouri

 

There are no words to describe how happy i was as a child growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, the beautiful nature, the streams, the wildlife, the people who were  nice and friendly to me with one exception when i had entered my dog in a  competition for pets, and i had said i am from Israel, the presenter introduced my dog as a “Hebrew dog”, causing me to feel slightly offended since i was not yet used to people using my ethnic origin as a joke..i guess i am still not used to that.. 

This weekend i had spent time watching a talk show about Donald Trump and racism concerning Charlottesville, the panel included three African Americans and one Jewish activist for civil rights speaking about how offensive Donald Trump’s speech after the murder of the demonstrator who had stood up to Nazis in Charlottesville last year was.

I had no idea that what had occurred in Charlottesville would turn out to be just the tip of the iceberg. 

When i think of Missouri i often recall fondly the visit to the home of the writer of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twaine, and i think of the nature and the people but now that i have read the headlines, i guess i will think of this news item too; 

MISSOURI REPUBLICAN WHO SAID ‘HITLER WAS RIGHT’ WINS STATE HOUSE PRIMARY

“Jewish people can be beautiful people, but there’s ideologies associated with that that I don’t agree with…Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.”

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
AUGUST 12, 2018 03:06
1 minute read.
Nazi Swastika

Nazi Swastika. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Missouri Republican who has made anti-Semitic and other bigoted statements handily won a primary for the state’s House of Representatives.

Steve West, who promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on a radio show he hosts, defeated three other candidates Tuesday in the bid for a seat representing Clay County. He won with 49.5 percent of the vote; the second-place finisher had 24.4 percent.

“Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it,” West said on KCXL radio in January 2017, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday.

He has spoken of “Jewish cabals” that are “harvesting baby parts” from Planned Parenthood, abuse children and control the Republican Party. West also has a YouTube channel on which he has made homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist statements, according to The Star.

West will face Democratic incumbent Jon Carpenter in November.

On Thursday, the Missouri Republican Party denounced West’s “shocking and vile” comments.

“West’s abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments,” the party told The Star.

Reached by The Star, West said his comments were taken out of context, but went on to criticize both Judaism and Islam.

“Jewish people can be beautiful people, but there’s ideologies associated with that that I don’t agree with,” he said. “Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.”

The local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League said it was not sure why West’s comments had not been publicized earlier.

“I’m trying to get a sense of why he flew under the radar, and I’m not sure I have a great answer,” said Karen Aroesty, who directs the organization’s operations in Missouri, Southern Illinois and Eastern Kansas.

“What is a person who is elected into a position of power going to do with beliefs like this?” she asked.

West’s campaign platform does not mention Jews, but contains a section titled “Islam is a Problem for America”  and says that “most parents don’t want their children recieving (sic) alternative sex ed, or having to deal with or be around the LGBT clubs.”

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