Holocaust denier Arthur Jones has no opponents in GOP primary …

Arthur Jones, known for his racist and anti-Semitic views, is running to represent Illinois’s 3rd District. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

Like most candidates running for Congress, Arthur Jones has a campaign website.

It outlines the Republican candidates educational background, stance on issues and how to donate to his campaign to represent Illinois 3rd Congressional District.

It also lays out Joness unapologetically racist and anti-Semitic views.

In a section called Holocaust? Jones describes the atrocities as a racket and the biggest, blackest, lie in history. Under another tab titled Flags of Conflict, he lists the Confederate flag first and describes it as a symbol of White pride and White resistance and the flag of a White counter revolution.

And in his most recent blog post dated Aug. 24 Jones rails against Radical Leftists and blames them for starting racial violence that had roiledCharlottesville about two weeks earlier. Heather Heyer, 32, a protester at a white supremacist rally,died after a driver rammed a car into a crowd of demonstrators. Aself-professed neo-Nazihas been charged with first-degree murder in the incident. Jones painted the death as an accident.

Despite his views, Jones is all but certain to become the GOP nominee in one of Illinoiss most prominent congressional districts one that includes parts of Chicago andseveral suburbs to the west and southwest. Jones is running unopposed in the Republican primary; the deadline for candidates to file was in early December.

His chances of winning the seat are extremely slim. The district is rated safely Democratic, according to Ballotpedia, and two Democrats are facing off: Marie Newman and incumbent Daniel Lipinski.An independent candidate,Mat Tomkowiak, withdrew from the race.

Still, even getting this far in the race is a new milestone for Jones. Over three decades, he has unsuccessfully thrown his hat into the ring for the 3rd District seat seven times,according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

WhenSun-Times reporter Frank Main drove to Lyons, Ill., to track down Jones, the candidate was no less vocal about his extreme views.

Well first of all, Im running for Congress not the chancellor of Germany, all right? Jones told Main. To me, the Holocaust is what I said it is: Its an international extortion racket.

Jones also told the newspaper that he was once a leader in the American Nazi Party and now leads the America First Committee an organization whose membership is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent.

Jones did not immediately respond to interview requests Sunday afternoon. Its unclear how he arrived at the opinion that the Holocaust, a systematic genocide in which an estimated 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime, was a sham.

Jones has been involved with at least half a dozen racist groups stretching back to the 1970s, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which has a page devoted to Jones on its website. From 2008 and 2011, Jones was known to have participated in events celebrating the birthday of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, the ADL page states. He was also among those who protested the 2009 opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Ill., according to Haaretz.

In 2016, the state election board tossed Jones from the ballot for the 3rd District for flagrant disregard of the election code, the Chicago Tribune reported, although a lawyer for the board did not specify why Joness signatures were not valid.

The newspaper that year also highlighted Joness former membership in the American National Socialist Workers Party, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a relatively recent offshoot of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi groups in the United States.

Representatives from the Illinois Republican Party did not respond to questions sent by email Sunday. But Tim Schneider, the chairman of the Illinois GOP, told the Sun-Times that the party denounced Jones.

The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones, Schneider told the newspaper. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which supports conservative candidates, balked at questions about Jones.

This guy is a fringe candidate who has been doing this for over a decade with no real connection to the GOP, NRCC spokesman Jesse Hunt said in a Sunday-night email.

Writing about Jones, Hunt said, gives him exactly what he wants: a platform. And quite frankly I find it shameful.

Joness candidacy comes at a time when far-right groups have had new clout in the national discussion: Some hate groups haveramped up recruitmenton college campuses and, for a time,some far-right leadersimagined they had an ally in the White Housein Stephen K. Bannon, who served as an adviser to President Trump before departing his post in August.

Last week,Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was criticizedfor bringinganaccused Holocaust denieras his guest to the State of the Union address. Gaetz later defended himself, saying he didnt know who Chuck Johnson was when he invited him to the speech.

Avi Selk contributed to this post, which has been updated.

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