Another bigoted Republican candidate has become the party's nominee, part of a growing trend as the party fuses with Trump, an open racist.
Republicans publicly complain a lot when their candidates are compared to Nazis. The national Republican party has bristled at Democrats "comparing Republicans to Nazis," calling it "inappropriate and out of line." But once again, a candidate with openly racist and anti-Semitic beliefs has become the party's official nominee.
Steve West, who also goes by "Jack Justice," recently won the Republican primary for a seat in Missouri's House of Representatives.
As the host of a local radio show, West proclaimed, "Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it."
He told the Kansas City Star, "Jews today are a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ."
As "Jack Justice," West dons a wig and faux facial hair to produce YouTube videos touting various right-wing conspiracies. On his personal website, published under the "Jack Justice" alter ego, West equated "Moslems" with Nazis and the Klan, writing, "Today in this country there are multiple mosques in every city. They are the equivalent of KKK temples or Nazi party headquarters."
The Missouri Republican Party said his comments "do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual."
Arguably, it does "reflect" the positions of some Republicans, because this keeps happening.
He has defended the pro-slavery Confederate flag and the monuments that purportedly honor those who fought for the lost cause. He appeared at an event with neo-Nazi activist Jason Kessler, who organized the riot in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer.
Stewart has called another racist Republican candidate, Paul Nehlen, "a hero."Nehlen is running for Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional seat while calling himself a "pro-white" candidate.
Nehlen has mocked the Holocaust, appeared on former Klansman David Duke's podcast, and has attacked online activists who he believes is Jewish. Nehlen was even banned from Twitter for posting racist images.
New Jersey congressional candidate Seth Grossman attacked blacks and Muslims online, calling Islam a "cancer" and saying "blacks were not enslaved by whites."
In North Carolina, General Assembly candidate Russell Walker said, "God is a racist and a white supremacist."
Trump is the head of the Republican Party. He is also a racist who has praised Nazis and white supremacists from the presidency as "very fine people."
In tandem, Fox News, the GOP's quasi-official outlet, has wholeheartedly embraced racism and pushes white supremacy every day.
All across the country, Republican candidates at the state and federal level have clearly taken that message to heart, embraced it as their own, and are winning primaries.
The GOP complains and whines about being affiliated with the stench of racism, but it courted this on its own. What is happening now is the end result of pandering to racist voters in an attempt to defeat Democrats at the ballot box.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.