The former leader of the American Nazi Party now the likely GOP nominee for an Illinois Congressional seat claims the Holocaust is poppycock and an extortion racket to create war.
Arthur Jones a reputed Holocaust denier, white supremacist and anti-Semite refused to say hes a Nazi during a Thursday appearance on CNNs New Day.
Instead, the reviled figure called himself an American patriot and statesman as he slammed the Holocaust in a bizarre, confrontational interview.
He said the horrific genocide of 6 million Jews in Europe was an international extortion racket by the Jews to terrorize our enemies and suck us into one war after another in the Middle East.
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When New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota listed recounts of the Holocaust, he responded they were poppycock.
Several German leaders have apologized for the actions of the Holocaust since World War II ended in 1945.
Jones, 70, hollered that his arguments were not conspiracy theories, facts.
The Jews basically control the country, the Congress, the economy, the media, he said.
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Jones is running unopposed for the Republican nomination in Illinois 3rd district, which includes areas southwest of Chicago.
CNN noted there were about 7,000 Jewish citizens living in the district at which point Jones said he was running to prevent a Holocaust in the Middle East.
His lone candidacy makes him a likely lock as the GOP nominee in November, although the Republican Party has denounced him.
Jones extolled both Republicans and Democrats when Camerota mentioned the political backlash against his run.
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Its a cursed, two-party, Jew-party, queer-party system, said Jones, who previously said he supported President Trump in the 2016 election.
He refused to say he was a Nazi and said he was no longer tied to a national socialist party.
I havent belonged to one since about 1990, he insisted, adding he now heads a group called the America First Committee.
But videos have reportedly surfaced of Jones speaking at pro-Nazi rallies as recently as last year.
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And Camerota noted he once led the Nazi party, celebrated Adolf Hitlers birthday and dressed in Nazi uniforms.
You’re a Nazi, he said.
The self-proclaimed anti-Semite blamed the media for the backlash hes facing.
You Jews media, youve gone absolutely nuts, he said.
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Jones has run and lost for multiple offices both in Illinois and his native Wisconsin.
The states Republican Party vehemently condemned Jones candidacy in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this week.
We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District, Chairman Tim Schneider said in the statement.