Holocaust-denying Arthur Jones ran unopposed in the Illinois Republican primary this week, and despite his well-establish anti-Semitic views and previous position as head of the American Nazi Party, more than 20,000 Republicans handed him their vote.
Jones’ Nazi-sympathies were not a secret going into election day. His campaign website features a slideshow of pictures of him speaking at white nationalist events. He is a perennial candidate who has previously run for U.S. House, Chicago alderman, and mayor of Chicago, and even mayor of Milwaukee. Chicago media extensively covered the race.
Even the Illinois Republican Party publicly disavowed Jones, its chairman saying,
“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.”
Jones has run in previous elections, and the Republican party has essentially written him off, but this time around Jones' platform is highly reminiscent of President Donald Trump's agenda:
Jones’ campaign website promises to “put America first” with border protections, the elimination of “Sanctuary Cities”, no “amnesty for illegal aliens,” gun rights, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Time will tell how Jones stacks up against incumbent Democratic Congressman Daniel Lipinski in November.