A Holocaust denier and former leader in the American Nazi Party is expected to snag the Republican nomination in an Illinois Congressional race.
Arthur Jones is the only GOP candidate running in the state's heavily Democratic 3rd Congressional District.
A section on Jones' website titled "Holocaust?" describe the mass genocide against Jews during World War II as a "racket" and “the biggest, blackest, lie in history.”
Another section titled "Flags of Conflict" describes the Confederate flag as a symbol of "White pride and White resistance" and says "It is the flag of a White counter revolution."
On his campaign website, Jones insists he is "not now, nor have I ever been a follower of any political party, thought I am a registered Republican."
But, The Chicago-Sun Times reported Jones, 70 told the paper he was 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 told the Sun-Times.
The Anti Defamation Leage has a page devoted to Jones on its website and says he has been involved with anti-Semitic and racist groups since the 1970s.
The primary is March 20.
The Illinois Republican Party distanced itself from Jones in a statement to the Sun-Times.
“The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones,” Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, told the Sun-Times. “We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.”
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