Holocaust denier wins GOP nomination in heavily Democratic seat

Arthur Jones

Arthur Jones, an outspoken Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and white supremacist, on Tuesday won the Republican nominee for an IL congressional seat representing parts of Chicago.

A former leader of the American Nazi Party and avowed Adolf Hitler admirer, Jones was among several white supremacists to voice their support for Donald Trump's candidacy on 2016, only to later denounce the president as a "puppet" and a "Jew-loving fool". Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider previously said in a statement that the party opposed his "racist views" and candidacy, CNN reported. The state party had successfully pushed Jones off the ballot in past races, but did not do so this time after finding that his election petition signatures were valid.

The national GOP has renounced Jones, too. In 2010, a novice politician named Scott Lee Cohen won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, quit the race under a cloud of scandal, and then filed to run as a third-party candidate.

Still, a stunning portion of the GOP primary electorate opted to cast their ballot for Jones rather than nobody. No Republican has won this district since 1975.

"This stuff about being a Nazi, that's in the past."

A spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee told CNN the committee will not endorse Jones.

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But still, the campaign website of Arthur Jones has pages dedicated to the Holocaust which he calls "a greatly overblown non-event" and "an global extortion racket". The Anti-Defamation League has watched him for years, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"It is just nuts that we are in this moment in time when we have intolerance really infecting our political process."

"It is a sad state, where we are", Mr. Greenblatt said. "This is a bigger problem than Arthur Jones". "I call myself an American patriot and statesman", Jones said.

"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, regional director of the ADL Chicago-Upper Midwest Region.

Jones's campaign website contains a section called "The Holocaust Racket" in which he argues that there is "no proof such a so-called "Holocaust" ever took place anywhere in Europe against the Jews" and that Jews are "directly responsible for the murder of at least 300 million people".

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