While the term Nazi gets thrown around a lot these days, the Illinois Republican party is now poised to nominate a real one as their candidate for seat in the House of Representative’s in the state’s 3rd Congressional District… because he is the only Republican on the ballot.
Art Jones, a holocaust denier and former leader of the American Nazi Party is about to secure the nomination over the objection of the state Republican party. Jones is running unopposed for the nomination on March 20 in the heavily Democratic district currently represented by Dan Lipinski, now in his seventh term.
“The economic policies of Hitler brought that nation up from the very bottom,” Jones said in a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. “In 12 years of his rule, they went from the age of the biplane to the age of the rocket.”
In the same interview, Jones also called the Holocaust, an “international extortion racquet,” a position he also articulates in greater detail on his website.
“This idea that six million jews were killed by the National Socialist government of Germany in World War II is the biggest, blackest lie in history,” reads a document shared on the website “There is no proof such a so-called holocaust ever took place anywhere in Europe against the Jews.”
A Republican National Committee spokesperson directed TheWrap, to a statement condemning Jones by Illinois GOP chairman, Tim Schneider.
“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,” said Schneider.
The news was even too much for Breitbart, the far-far right’s most reliable digital property was not pleased with the news of Jones’ likely nomination.
“Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi Art Jones is running for Congress in Illinois — and he is going to be the Republican nominee for the liberal third congressional district,” wrote Breitbart senior editor Joel Pollak in his lede on the story.
This isn’t Jones’ first time at the proverbial rodeo. According to the Chicago-Sun Times, he’s tried and failed to run for offices in the Chicago area and Milwaukee many times since the ’70s, and dipped his toe into the GOP’s 3rd Congressional District primary seven times in the last two decades.