Arthur Jones is an avowed member of the American Nazi Social gathering, a Holocaust denier and a sympathizer of the Ku Klux Klan.
He is also the Republican candidate difficult Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski for Illinois’ Chicago-area third Congressional District.
Jones is certainly one of a number of Nazis, Holocaust deniers or white supremacists who’ve elbowed their manner onto the GOP poll for November’s midterm elections, partially by both concealing their views or operating unopposed within the main. However their campaigns have alarmed Republican leaders, with state and nationwide GOP figures now talking out in opposition to them and making clear they aren’t welcome within the social gathering.
“The Illinois Republican Social gathering and our nation don’t have any place for Nazis like Arthur Jones,” Tim Schneider, the chairman of the Illinois GOP, stated in an announcement to Fox Information. “We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public workplace, together with the third Congressional District.”
Jones’ marketing campaign web site is crammed with quite a few anti-Semitic statements, Holocaust denials and screeds in opposition to every part from immigration to time period limits for federal judges.
“This concept that ‘six million Jews,’ have been killed by the Nationwide Socialist authorities of Germany, in World Battle II, is the largest, blackest, lie in historical past,” Jones wrote in a chunk referred to as “The Holocaust Racket” that was posted on his marketing campaign web site.
This midterm election is the primary time that Jones, a perennial candidate who has run for the Illinois district seven occasions since 1984 and was ejected from the poll in 2016, has seen his identify seem on the final election poll. GOP officers say he made it on this 12 months by gathering a ample variety of legitimate signatures to achieve entry and since no different Republican ran within the closely Democratic district.
‘The Illinois Republican Social gathering and our nation don’t have any place for Nazis.’
The Illinois GOP missed the deadline final month to permit them to run a third-party candidate and as an alternative will draft a write-in candidate for the final election, whereas actively petitioning voters to not choose Jones’ identify on the poll.
The state of affairs successfully has the social gathering writing off the race and marginalizing the candidate in no matter manner they’ll.
Conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted final month that voters in Illinois ought to “vote for the Democrat” over Jones and referred to as him a “bigoted idiot.”
“That is horrific. An avowed Nazi operating for Congress,” Cruz tweeted. “To the nice folks of Illinois, you will have two affordable selections: write in one other candidate, or vote for the Democrat. This bigoted idiot ought to obtain ZERO votes.”
For his half, Jones doesn’t draw back from expressing his views on every part from the Holocaust to hate speech and holds deep-seated grudges in opposition to each events relationship again to the Vietnam Battle years. A veteran of the struggle himself, he blames the mainstream GOP and the media for trying to thwart his candidacy and focusing protection on his extra outrageous claims.
“All anybody needs to do is ask me in regards to the Holocaust or Nazis,” Jones informed Fox Information. “And the Republican Social gathering is setting me up as a result of they’re a bunch of struggle criminals like those who despatched us to Vietnam.”
Together with Jones, there may be one other outspoken Holocaust denier and anti-Semite on the Republican poll in California.
John Fitzgerald is operating in opposition to incumbent Democratic Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in California’s 11th Congressional District after ending second with 24.eight p.c of the vote within the state’s “jungle” main. This certified him for the final election. Earlier than the June eight main, he appeared like an strange candidate with a inventory marketing campaign platform that highlighted, amongst different issues, a extra isolationist international coverage, Second Modification rights and marketing campaign finance reform.
However a deeper dive into Fitzgerald reveals various troubling beliefs.
‘All anybody needs to do is ask me in regards to the Holocaust or Nazis.’
Fitzgerald, who has beforehand run in congressional races in 2010 and 2012 as a Democrat, falsely asserts that 9 p.c of U.S. authorities officers are twin residents of Israel and that Jews performed a “distinguished function” within the African slave commerce. Final month, he posted on his web site a reward of “$2,000 to anyone who can show that the official Holocaust narrative is true” and stated that Dwight D. Eisenhower ran focus camps that killed Germans throughout WWII.
“Every part we’ve been informed in regards to the Holocaust is a lie,” Fitzgerald not too long ago stated on a neo-Nazi radio present. “My whole marketing campaign is about exposing this lie.”
In July, a sequence of anti-Semitic robocalls by a bunch referred to as Street To Energy went out to voters within the East Bay space round San Francisco, urging residents to vote for Fitzgerald and claiming that Jews have been taking up the world “and should be stopped.” Fitzgerald denied having any affiliation with the group and referred to as the calls “a smear in opposition to my marketing campaign.”
The California Republican Social gathering at first had endorsed Fitzgerald’s bid for Congress, earlier than studying about his open anti-Semitism. Matt Fleming, the communications director for the state’s GOP, stated that the social gathering most likely might have accomplished its homework on Fitzgerald earlier than issuing the endorsement, however has since revoked assist for Fitzgerald.
“He’s not a Republican, he isn’t a Democrat, he’s an opportunist,” Fleming informed Fox Information. “We fully condemn what he says and what he stands for.”
Fleming added: “I wish to make this very clear, we urge voters to not vote for him.”
Whereas there may be little Republican management can do within the circumstances of Jones, Fitzgerald and different bigoted candidates who’ve gained primaries, one other controversial GOP candidate nonetheless has to make his manner onto the final election poll.
Paul Nehlen is operating for an opportunity to fill the seat of Home Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.
A self-described “pro-White” candidate who sought Ryan’s seat in 2016, Nehlen has made headlines for suggesting the nation have a dialogue about not letting Muslims dwell within the nation, and for defending white supremacist messages on social media. He additionally printed the telephone numbers and addresses of people that criticized his marketing campaign, stated that each one his critics have been Jewish and blasted some elected officers for allegedly being twin residents of the U.S. and Israel.
“Whereas this treacherous state of affairs presents a base-line moral dilemma from any nation an individual could share dual-citizen standing, there may be one nation the place this situation presents significantly egregious ache: Israel. The reason being simple,” Nehlen stated in a press launch. “Any criticism of Israel is portrayed as ‘anti-Semitism’ and the offending particular person is ostracized from well mannered society.”
Nehlen was finally banned from Twitter after he posted a photoshopped picture of the UK’s Prince Harry and his now spouse, actress Meghan Markle, the place Markle was changed with a picture of the Cheddar Man, a dark-skinned man who’s believed to be first fashionable Briton.
Nehlen, who describes himself as a “Wisconsin government, entrepreneur, and inventor,” didn’t grant Fox Information’ request for remark.
Nehlen, Jones, Fitzgerald and different fringe candidates within the GOP have emerged as PR issues for a Republican Social gathering in search of to reject knee-jerk allegations of racism and xenophobia from the left, typically geared toward Trump supporters of all stripes. In Wisconsin, the social gathering is floating state Meeting Speaker Robin Vos, state Sen. David Craig and Republican enterprise government Bryan Steil as doable options to Nehlen.
“Paul Nehlen will not be a member of the Republican Social gathering of Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Republican Social gathering spokesman Alec Zimmerman informed Fox 6, including that Nehlen’s membership dues this 12 months have been returned and that he isn’t a present member of any county Republican Social gathering.
Zimmerman added: “Nehlen and his concepts don’t have any place within the Republican Social gathering.”