Outspoken Holocaust denier Arthur Jones is set to win a Chicago area GOP Congressional District primary, by default.
By: World Israel News Staff
Arthur Jones, an outspoken Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and white supremacist, is set to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat representing parts of Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday.
Jones, 70, is a retired insurance agent who has run disastrous campaigns for elected office in the Chicago area and Milwaukee since the 1970s.
Since the 1990s, Jones has joined in the GOP 3rd Congressional District primary seven times, but has never come close to being a viable contender.
However, this time, to Jones’ amazement, he is the only one on the Republican ballot. Republicans apparently did not bother to seek a credible candidate because the district is so Democratic. Thus, Jones can win by default.
“To me the Holocaust is what I said it is: It’s an international extortion racket,” Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jones’ website for his congressional run includes a section titled “The ‘Holocaust Racket’” where he calls the Holocaust “the biggest blackest lie in history.”
Jones told the Sun-Times he is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and 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.
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.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been keeping track of Jones for years.
“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,” said Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of the ADL Chicago-Upper Midwest Region.
“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,” she added
In address last year at a National Socialist Movement gathering in Pikeville, Kentucky, Jones stated he was sorry he voted for President Donald Trump, who has “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews” including his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner.