Robert Regan is a conservative Christian MAGA cultist running for the Michigan State House in a Republican district. Which means whoever wins the GOP primary on August 4 will likely win the election in November.
One person who’s not eager to see him win? His own daughter, Stephanie, who urged anyone of voting age to reject her father.
if you’re in michigan and 18+ pls for the love of god do not vote for my dad for state rep. tell everyone
— STEPH (@streeganz) June 23, 2020
She didn’t elaborate further on the reasons, but a glance at Regan’s website tells you everything you need to know. He’s just a far-right lunatic eager to dismantle the world. Just look at his “education” plan:
I, and our forefathers believe that all teaching is related to the basic assumptions about God and Man. Education as a whole, therefore, cannot be separated from religious faith and instruction in morality.
The law of our creator assigns the primary authority and responsibility of educating children to their parents. I support the unimpeded right of parents to provide for the education of their children in the manner they deem best, including home, private or religious. I oppose all legislation from any level of government that would interfere with or restrict that liberty. I support equitable tax relief for families whose children do not attend public schools.
So that parents need not defy the law by refusing to send their children to schools of which they disapprove, compulsory attendance should be repealed.
As you’d expect, he also believes in forcing women to give birth against their will because All Fetuses Matter.
Speaking with The Hill today, Regan said he hadn’t spoken to his daughter since her tweet, but he respected her right to speak out. And then he showed exactly why he’s utterly ignorant about the issues confronting our country:
“A lot of students when they go off to these liberal university campuses, like the university of Colorado, the University of Texas and Austin – and she went to the University of Colorado in Boulder – and you know, they just kind of get sucked into this Marxist, communist ideology and she and I just don’t see eye to eye when it comes to the whole socialism, communism, Marxist philosophy,” he said.
When asked what he thinks could have prompted his daughter to ask people not to vote for him, Regan said “her big thing has to do with the systemic racism that’s going on in the country.”
“She’s a big believer in that,” he continued, while adding, “The only place where I really see systemic racism would be the abortion clinic cause they seem to target the African American community.”
“I don’t buy into this whole systemic racism thing at all,” he later said.
He went on to say others would describe him as a “rich, white, Christian male” — as if he’s worse off because of all that privilege — before adding Trump has “done more for the black community” than all previous living presidents. That’s proof right there he doesn’t speak to many Black people.
He also referred to Stephanie in terms of the biblical “prodigal son,” hoping she would soon come to her senses and “return.” As if she’s going to suddenly become a racist Republican like him, so wrapped up inside the FOX News bubble, she no longer has any ability to empathize with others or understand the country’s own sordid history.
All that’s to say I wish I could vote for his daughter.
Regan’s Democratic opponent Bill Saxton weighed in on the controversy by calling Stephanie’s tweet an act of “extraordinary courage.”
I want to commend @streeganz for making the difficult choice to speak out against her dad (one of my opponents) and his beliefs. It takes extraordinary courage to make a post like this. 1/5 https://t.co/yid8ZFdgnl
— Bill Saxton (@billinthehouse) June 25, 2020
You can donate to his campaign right here.
Before anyone gets their hopes up, though, it’s not clear the warning from Regan’s daughter will work. A couple of years ago, when Rep. Paul Gosar was running for re-election, six of his siblings appeared in a campaign video for his opponent. It was arguably the most memorable campaign ad of the year:
It also didn’t work. Gosar was also in a deeply red district and won another term comfortably. But it’s not too late for voters in the 73rd district to at least pick a different Republican.