Arthur Jones is a virulent Holocaust denier, an anti-Semitic extremist, and a proud white supremacist—and he will be the Republican nominee for a seat in Congress, because the GOP is running him unopposed.
His website includes a section titled “The ‘Holocaust Racket’” where he calls the genocide carried out by the German Nazi regime and collaborators in other nations “the biggest blackest lie in history.”
Well first of all, I’m running for Congress not the chancellor of Germany. All right. To me the Holocaust is what I said it is: It’s an international extortion racket.
And given the fact that I’ve got no opposition in the primary, OK, I win that one [the primary] by default, all right.
Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said in a statement to the Sun-Times,
The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.
The only problem with this statement is that the Illinois Republican Party isn’t sponsoring any other candidate in place of Jones, a former leader of the American Nazi Party who now heads a group called the America First Committee. “Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent,” he said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League,
Arthur Jones, who proudly displays Holocaust denial, xenophobia and racism on his blog and website, has a long history of hateful, extremist and anti-Semitic views. For example, in 2009, he protested the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and continues to espouse absurd conspiracy theories questioning the deaths of millions of Jews.
He has spoken publicly at numerous neo-Nazi rallies and events, expressing xenophobic policies based in racial and religious hatred. He is, by every definition, an anti-Semite and unrepentant bigot.
Jones will face one of two Democratic in November, the incumbent, Rep. Dan Lipinski, or Marie Newman, Lipinski’s challenger in the primary. Happily, the district is one of the most heavily Democratic districts in the state, so Jones will almost certain be defeated.
It is unlikely he will seek support from Donald Trump. Jones said in a recent speech that he was sorry he voted for Trump, who has “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews,” including his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner.
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