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Republicans set to nominate former Nazi leader for Congress

Members of the League of the South line up with shields during a White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee, United States on October 27, 2017. (Photo by Emily Molli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Arthur Jones — a Holocaust denier, anti-Semite, and white supremacist — is about to become the Republican nominee for a U.S. congressional seat in Illinois.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times,  Jones is the only GOP candidate running in the heavily Democratic 3rd Congressional District, which represents parts of Chicago and it’s outer lying suburbs.

Jones’ campaign website has images of the former head of the American Nazi Party speaking at KKK events and neo-Nazi rallies. The website also includes a tab titled, “Holocaust?” featuring a document titled the “The ‘Holocaust Racket'” where he calls the tragedy the “biggest blackest lie in history.” Another tab, titled “Flags of Conflict,” calls the Confederate flag a “symbol of White pride and White resistance.”

Jones, however, appears to fall in line with President Donald Trump on most political issues. His website banner proudly states, “IT’S TIME TO PUT AMERICA FIRST,” echoing a popular Trump campaign refrain with deeply ant-Semitic roots. Jones believes in a strong border, the eradication of sanctuary cities, making english the official language of the United States, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

The Illinois Republican party has disavowed Jones.

“The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones,” Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, told the Sun-Times. “We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.”

So has the National Republican Congressional Committee. In a statement to the Washington Post, NRCC spokesman Jesse Hunt called Jones a “fringe candidate who has been doing this for over a decade with no real connection to the GOP.” Jones states on his website that he is a registered Republican.

Jones is not the only openly bigoted candidate who is running for office as a Republican.

In Wisconsin, Paul Nehlen is running to place House Speaker Paul Ryan. Nehlen has openly embraced white supremacist beliefs, including a tweet that reads, “It’s okay to be white.”

The slogan has long been a white supremacist meme, initially promoted by people like David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK.

After being criticized for his racist, anti-Semitic policies, Nehlen compiled a list of his Twitter-verified detractors, identifying which ones are Jewish — some of whom aren’t even Jewish at all.