Republican Jewish Leader Joins Condemnation of GOP Illinois Candidate, ‘Nazi Bigot’ Arthur Jones
A prominent Republican Jewish leader warned on Wednesday that “there is no place for Nazis and white supremacists” in the GOP after a neo-Nazi won an unopposed primary to become the party’s candidate in the Third Congressional District of Illinois.
Norm Coleman, the chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, declared in a statement that the candidacy of Arthur Jones — a 70-year-old insurance salesman and neo-Nazi activist who tried unsuccessfully to win the nomination on five previous occasions — was a “disgrace.”
Coleman underlined at the same time that Jones had already been denounced and rejected by both the Republican National Committee and the Illinois Republican Party.
“Arthur Jones is a Nazi, not a Republican,” Coleman said. “Jones does not represent Republican values, and he doesn’t deserve to have an “R” after his name on the ballot.” The former Minnesota senator added that the “GOP didn’t invite Jones into the party, the only mistake was not running a candidate in an uncompetitive, safe-Democrat district.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman, said in a statement that the the party was urging “to skip over (Jones’) name when they go to the polls,” pledging to continue “vehemently opposing Jones with real campaign dollars.”
“Jones is a Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse,” Schneider said.
A former leader of the American Nazi Party and avowed Adolf Hitler admirer, Jones was among several white supremacists to voice their support for Donald Trump’s candidacy on 2016, only to later denounce the president as a “puppet” and a “Jew-loving fool.”
An entire section of Jones’ campaign website is devoted to the denial of the Holocaust. The site also advances the conspiracy theory that kosher certification of popular food products is a “scam” to raise funds for “causes Jews support,” among them gay marriage, stricter gun controls and “abortion on demand.”