Arthur Jones is a 70-year-old retired insurance agent. He’s a former leader in the American Nazi Party; and he’s an outspoken Holocaust denier. Jones is the only Republican on the ticket for a congressional race in Illinois.
The Chicago Sun-Times reprted that Jones heads up a group called the America First Committee, which excludes Jewish members. On his campaign website, under a section titled, “The ‘Holocaust’ racket,” he claims that the murder of 6 million Jews was the “biggest blackest lie in history” and that the Holocaust was used as “propaganda, whose purpose is designed to bleed, blackmail, extort and terrorize, the enemies of organized world Jewry.”
Jones’ campaign website states that he’s running, in part, to “bring our troops home NOW to defend our borders”; to end “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities; to make English the official language; and to fight an agenda that, he believes, the federal government has to “change” neighborhoods “found to be too White, too Christian, or too straight.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, Jones also opposes integration in schools, interracial marriage, and he is unsure if black people and Latinos should have the right to vote.
The Sun-Times reported that, in 2009, Jones was against the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and that, when he spoke to a group of white supremacists, he regretted his vote for Donald Trump because the president “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews.”
“I don’t believe in equality,” he told the Tribune.
This is not the first time Jones has run for office. His first effort was in 1976 when he ran for a mayoral seat in Milwaukee. He ran as a Republican for the 3rd Congressional District primary seven times.
Illinois Republican leaders have distanced themselves from Jones, who happens to be running in a very Democratic district and is expected to be easily defeated in the general election.
Renato Mariotti is running for Illinois Attorney general and had this to say about Jones:
One thing should unite all of us in Chicago—rejecting this Nazi who will be the GOP nominee for a Chicago congressional seat. Nazis like this man aren’t “fine people.” They’re evil. #twill https://t.co/fKgsc6LCMr
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 5, 2018