Arthur Jones, an unabashed Holocaust denier, activist anti-Semite and white supremacist, has won the Republican congressional nomination for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District seat representing parts of Chicago and nearby suburbs after running for the seat unopposed.
“Well first of all, I’m running for Congress not the chancellor of Germany. All right. To me the Holocaust is what I said it is: It’s an international extortion racket,” Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times last month.
The publication confirmed that Jones’ campaign website, ArtJonesForCongressman.com, includes a section titled “The ‘Holocaust Racket,’” where he claims the genocide carried out by the German Nazi regime and collaborators in other nations is “the biggest blackest lie in history.” He also claims that “a few professional concentration camp survivors” promote the Holocaust conspiracy.
“And given the fact that I’ve got no opposition in the primary, OK, I win that one (the primary) by default all right,” the 70-year-old retired insurance agent said during an interview.
Jones also praised the “economic policies of Hitler,” who he says “brought that nation up from the very bottom. In 12 years of his rule, they went from the age of the biplane to the age of the rocket.”
Jones told the newspaper he is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee.
“Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent,” he said.
Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Chicago-Upper Midwest Region, told the Sun-Times: “Arthur Jones, who proudly displays Holocaust denial, xenophobia and racism on his blog and website, has a long history of hateful, extremist and anti-Semitic views.”
“For example, in 2009, he protested the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and continues to espouse absurd conspiracy theories questioning the deaths of millions of Jews.”
“He has spoken publicly at numerous neo-Nazi rallies and events, expressing xenophobic policies based in racial and religious hatred. He is, by every definition, an anti-Semite and unrepentant bigot.”
Jones, who has been disavowed by his state’s Republican Party, will run against either current Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) or Marie Newman, an advertising executive challenging Lipinski for his left.
The Democratic candidate is widely expected to hold the seat thanks to both the strong Democratic leanings of the district and Jones’s record.