In Tuesday’s primary election, an extraordinary portion of the Republican primary electorate opted to cast their ballot for Arthur Jones – rather than nobody – despite his vocal white supremacist views, anti-Semitic rhetoric and over-the-top Holocaust denials.
The former head of the American Nazi Party ran for the Republican nomination of Congress in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. No Republican stepped up to oppose him and 20,339 Illinois Republicans, according to preliminary totals, cast their ballots for Jones.
Jones’s campaign website features a slideshow of pictures of him speaking at white nationalist events. His website promises to, among other things, “put America first” with border protections, make English the official language, the elimination of “Sanctuary Cities,” no “amnesty for illegal aliens,” and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider had previously released a statement on Jones: “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones,” he said. “We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.”