Many political pundits are predicting an unprecedented level of participation from Democratic voters and politicians in 2018. Some feel President Trump’s election was a direct result of Democratic complacency. So how is it that an openly racist candidate may end up running unopposed in a state known for its Democratic majority?
The Daily Mail has called Arthur Jones a “holocaust denier, anti-Semite and former member of the American National Socialist Workers Party.” Jones, who is running unopposed for Congress in Illinois, made headlines this week when he appeared on CNN.
An interview with CNN, a media outlet vocally opposed to the views of people like Jones, would seem like an odd choice for the Jones campaign. And the interview didn’t go well for him.
“It is shocking to hear how vocally and unapologetically racist you are,” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota told him. She then asked him directly, “Are you a Nazi?”
The 70-year-old wasn’t pleased by the question. “I don’t call myself a Nazi, I call myself an American patriot and statesman,” he stated. “You Jews media, you’ve gone absolutely nuts!”
Camerota pointed out that Jones often speaks to groups who have extremest views. His campaign website features images of him speaking at KKK and neo-Nazi events. He has been photographed giving the Nazi salute and tearing apart an Israeli flag.
“Your website is filled with the most vile, rancid rhetoric I think I’ve ever read,” Camerota said.
“It’s one man, myself, that’s standing for the truth,” Jones replied. “There’s nothing on that website that’s not true.”
“It’s one man, myself, that’s standing for the truth and the news media can’t stand that. The Democrats and Republicans, it’s the cursed two party, Jew party system can’t stand it!”
Keeping with his antisemitic theme, Jones went on to claim the Holocaust was a hoax. “Yes I deny the Holocaust, it’s an extortion racket!”
“You can have your own conspiracy theories, but you can’t have your own facts,” Camerota replied.
“Not conspiracy theories, facts! The Jews basically control the country, the Congress, the economy the media,” Jones snapped back.
Camerota, in an attempt to return the conversation to primary source material, asked about Hitler’s genocide. Jones, though, wasn’t having it. He called the holocaust “Poppycock!”
Camerota was, on the whole, professional in her approach. She maintained a level of calm that seemed to infuriate Jones. Yet at the end, Camerota gave in to the temptation to opine. “You have a long track record of losing,” she told him. “You lose virtually everything that you run for. For congress, for mayor…You will lose this race.”
“Chances are,” she said, “you’ll go down in flames.”
Jones is the only candidate in the Republican primary 3rd District. And his election is hardly guaranteed.
This isn’t the first time a journalist has gotten personal with Jones. “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.
“And given the fact that I’ve got no opposition in the primary, OK, I win that one (the primary) by default all right,” Jones added.
“Well, it’s absolutely the best opportunity in my entire political career. Every time I’ve run it’s been against a Republican who follows this politically correct nonsense.”
What happens if he does manage to win the primary? Congress seems to be a long shot. Jones would need the support of his party. He doesn’t have it. “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones,” Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, has said. “We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.”
If he doesn’t get elected, Jones will stay busy. He currently runs the “America First Committee.”
“Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent,” Jones said.
“I don’t believe in equality — period,” Jones concluded.