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A neo-Nazi and a Holocaust denier is on course to secure the Republican nomination for Illinois in the upcoming congressional election.

Art Jones has been filmed at a neo-Nazi retreat in Kentucky ranting about how Donald Trump has “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews including a Jew in his own family, that punk named Jared Kushner”, claiming that he was sorry that he “voted for the son of a bitch, pardon my English”.

His past activities include organising a protest against a Holocaust museum, staging birthday parties for Hitler in which he appeared in Nazi uniform, and he has been documented attending several neo-Nazi events.

Jones has described the Holocaust as an “international extortion racket” an called Donald Trump a “Jew-loving fool”.  He has blamed America’s involvement in wars in the Middle East on Jewish influence upon Donald Trump, attributing it to “one reason why: Israel…the Jewish lobby… He’s nothing but a puppet in their hands… this Jew-loving fool”.

He has previously led the Australian Nazi Party.

Jones is now the sole runner for the third district of Illinois. He has made multiple failed attempts at public office.

After going several days without comment, the Illinois Republican Party’s Timothy Schneider commented that “we strongly oppose [Jones’] racist views and his candidacy for any public office. The Illinois Republican party and our country have no place for Nazis”.

Whilst it is possible to remove him from the ticket, this is yet to happen. If the Republican Party are serious about tackling antisemitism they must act swiftly and prevent a neo-Nazi from having any role in their party.

 


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SOURCEGuardian
Daniel Leons-Marder is the editor of Everyday Antisemitism. He first became involved with Campaign Against Antisemitism when he became aware of Holocaust denial books being sold by Amazon. He graduated in Summer 2016 with First Class Honours and as Dux Litterarum in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from Royal Holloway. He is currently at law school. He was previously a recording and touring musician.