Nearly 21,000 people in Illinois voted for a former head of the American Nazi Party during Tuesday’s primary elections. Arthur Jones was running for Congress in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District after no other Republican stepped up to oppose his campaign.
Jones is an anti-Semitic, Holocaust denying Nazi with deep rooted white supremacist views. Despite his socially unacceptable views he racked up 20,399 votes from Illinois Republicans.
His Views Were Not A Secret
Jones’ Nazi support was well-known heading into election day. His own campaign website even features a slideshow of pictures in which Jones was be seen attending white nationalist events.
Even his own chosen party spoke out against Jones. “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District,” the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party revealed.
Jones has run for other offices in the past, serving as a candidate for the U.S. House, Chicago alderman, and mayor of Chicago, and even mayor of Milwaukee.
There Was Another Choice
Republican voters had the opportunity to skip over Jones’ nomination completely, leaving the voting section with his name blank. Instead, unofficial totals as of Wednesday morning showed that 13,158 voters in suburban Cook County, 4,093 voters in Will County, 3,023 voters in the City of Chicago, and 65 voters in DuPage County, voted for Jones.
The Republican Party last month called Jones a “a fringe candidate who has been doing this for over a decade with with no real connection to the GOP.”
That didn’t stop voters from siding with a man who promised to “put America first” with border protections, the elimination of “Sanctuary Cities”, no “amnesty for illegal aliens,” gun rights, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Jones was essentially running on Donald Trump’s alt-right campaign agenda.
Jones will face incumbent Democratic Congressman Daniel Lipinski in the general election.
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