The daughter of a man running for Michigan state Representative has urged people not to vote for her dad.
Regan is currently running for Michigan State Representative as a Republican. The man in question is Robert Regan, who describes himself as more conservative than Rush Limbaugh and has flaunted the fact that he was one of Trump’s first supporters as a presidential candidate.
His daughter, Stephanie, tweeted a message about her father’s campaign, asking people not to vote for him.
In a series of follow up tweets, she encouraged people to do their research rather than voting for a familiar name.
People pointed out elements of Regan's campaign – such as the fact that he wants to “make English the official language in Michigan”.
Other key elements of Regan’s campaign include calling for a ‘constitutional Militia to the state of Michigan’. On his social media page, Regan has expressed support for ‘Blue Lives Matter’ – which is a support group for the police, and he also called Blue Lives Matter a ‘Marxist’ group.
While Stephanie didn’t provide a comment to anyone else, Regan did post a lengthy statement on Facebook. “I am happy that she feels confident enough in our relationship to express her opposing thoughts so publicly,” he said.
However, Robert spoke to the Hill about why she may have different views from him. He said:
A lot of students when they go off to these liberal university campuses, like the University of Colorado [where Stephanie goes to university] and 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 also added that he doesn’t buy into systemic racism at all.
“I’m not saying there’s not hurdles to overcome. We all have hurdles to overcome. You know, as a quote-unquote rich, white, Christian male, people look at me a certain way. And it’s not always good. So, everybody has obstacles to overcome,” he added. He also said that he thinks President Trump has "done more for the black community than any president we’ve had in the last 20 years."
But not everyone is so dismissive of Stephanie’s concerns – and many people have spoken out in support of her, including the Democratic state representative candidate, Bill Saxton.
In a tweet, Saxton commended Stephanie and said, “It takes extraordinary courage to make a post like this.”