Holocaust denier becomes Republican candidate for Congress

Art Jones becomes Republican party nominee for a United States Congressional seat representing portions of Chicago and neighboring suburbs.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Neo-Nazi (file)
Neo-Nazi (file)

A Holocaust-denying white supremacist has become the Republican party nominee for a United States Congressional seat representing portions of Chicago and neighboring suburbs.

Art Jones, an advocate of racial segregation whose campaign website includes a section called "The Holocaust Racket," won an uncontested race for the GOP nomination during Illinois state's primary election Tuesday, AFP reported.

He will now compete for the U.S. House seat in a heavily Democratic district of the Midwestern state.

The Illinois Republican party had not recruited a challenger in the district, because a GOP candidate was unlikely to succeed in a general election matchup against the Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski, who has held the seat since 2005.

The party also had condemned Jones's candidacy and urged voters to disavow him.

"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," the state party's chairman Tim Schneider said in a February statement.

The controversial candidate secured approximately 20,000 votes Tuesday, according to Scott Kennedy, author of the website Illinois Election Data, which collected preliminary vote totals.

By comparison, Lipinski received more than 47,000 votes for his party's nomination.

Jones, a 70-year-old retired insurance agent, has unsuccessfully run for elected office since the 1970s, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

While he described himself as a former leader of the American Nazi Party, he insisted to CNN that he did not belong to any particular party.

"I call myself an American patriot and statesman," Jones told the network in an interview.

When pressed, he admitted denying the Holocaust, calling it "nothing but an international extortion racket by the Jews."

Jones added that he only belongs to his own group, called the America First Committee, whose membership is open only to white people of non-Jewish descent.

In 2016, Jones was removed from the 3rd District GOP ballot in legal actions engineered by the Illinois Republican Party, which determined that his nominating petitions had too many faulty signatures. This time, Jones was more careful to have valid signatures and could not be thrown off the 2018 ballot.

He said in a speech to a National Socialist Movement gathering last spring that 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.

AFP contributed to this report.