August 16, 2022

Former member of the American Nazi Party just won a Republican primary in Illinois

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It’s official. The Republican Party is now indistinguishable from the Nazi party… at least in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.


That’s where Arthur Jones, a retired insurance agent described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist anti-Semite, and white supremacist,” is the one — and only — candidate running in the Republican primary for Congress, ensuring that a former leader of the American Nazi Party will be on the ballot this fall as the GOP candidate in the western Chicago suburbs.

Mr. Jones currently belongs to an organization called the America First Committee, named after the pro-fascist group that lobbied against U.S. entry into World War II before it was dissolved in the wake of Pearl Harbor. The new version of the organization, like the original, bars Jews from membership and spouts anti-semitic propaganda.

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It is now apparently acceptable for a candidate of a major American political party to include on their campaign website, according to an article on Raw Story:

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a section titled “Holocaust?” that features photocopied pages for typewritten fliers that describe “the Holocaust racket” as “the biggest, blackest, lie [sic] in history.” He suggests that “a few professional concentration camp survivors” promote the conspiracy, an idea which appears to predate the modern concept of “crisis actors” paid to enact “false flag” attacks that trick the public into believing atrocities have happened.

The upcoming election marks the eighth attempt by Jones to secure the Republican nomination for a congressional run, but in the past, there was always a mainstream GOP candidate who easily beat him. This time Jones has the field to himself.

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The Illinois Republican Party doesn’t seem to want to take the blame for Jones candidacy, despite their decision to not put up a sane candidate to run against him. Party spokesman Tim Schneider said in a statement that the Illinois GOP:

“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.”

With the 3rd Congressional District historically electing Democrats since at least the 1970’s, the chances of Jones winning the general election are slim. The district, however, has a reputation for electing only the most conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats, the kind who often feel free to vote with their Republican colleagues, so it’s likely that the local GOP felt no need to waste money running a serious candidate in a district that they  would likely lose.

Instead their fiscal prudence just enabled a true fascist to run under the Republican banner. It’s not the first time, and if you doubt that this will be the last time, it’s hard to blame you in the current environment.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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