An avowed Holocaust denier has officially become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional district after winning an unopposed primary on Tuesday night.
Arthur Jones is described as a “vocal white supremacist” and a “long-time neo-Nazi,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. In a February interview with CNN, he insisted “I don’t call myself a Nazi” despite formerly being involved in the American Nazi Party. His campaign website also features a lengthy section titled “Holocaust?” And he is now the official Republican candidate in the race for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.
The Illinois Republican Party denounced Jones’ campaign earlier this year, saying there’s “no place for Nazis” in their party. “We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District,” Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said in a statement.
A spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee also told CNN that it would not endorse Jones.
Jones is running to unseat longtime Congressman Dan Lipinski, an anti-abortion Democrat who’s held the Chicago-area district seat for more than a decade. He will almost certainly fail.