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Feb 05 2018

Actual Nazis

 

You know, in Russia they call it “The Great Patriotic War” and it must be admitted that they pretty much carried our water in blood and soil until we got our act together and opened up that second front they kept nagging us about. It is entirely questionable whether we would have prevailed without their assistance. There could be Swastikas flying from flagpoles today and the City (there is only one) might be a smoking crater devastated by a Heisenberg Bomb fueled by Norwegian Heavy Water delivered by a Horton 229 Stealth Plane.

Hey, it’s on the “History” Channel, it’s probably true. Some of it actually is, especially the Russia part.

Based on popular culture you might have thought that the one thing we could all agree on is that Nazis are bad. Really, really bad. Worse even than Zombies unless they happen to be Nazi Zombies.

Apparently that doesn’t apply to the Republican Party.

Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in Illinois race for Congress
by Lynn Sweet and Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times
02/04/2018

Arthur Jones — an outspoken Holocaust denier, activist anti-Semite and white supremacist — is poised to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat representing parts of Chicago and nearby suburbs.

“Well first of all, I’m running for Congress not the chancellor of Germany. All right. To me the Holocaust is what I said it is: It’s an international extortion racket,” Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Indeed, Jones’ website for his latest congressional run includes a section titled “The ‘Holocaust Racket’” where he calls the genocide carried out by the German Nazi regime and collaborators in other nations “the biggest blackest lie in history.”

“And given the fact that I’ve got no opposition in the primary, OK, I win that one (the primary) by default all right,” Jones said during an interview in a coffee shop in Lyons.

That leaves Illinois Republicans saddled with a nominee who is well known for his racist and white supremacist activities.

Jones told the Sun-Times he is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee. “Membership in this organization is open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent,” he said.

The Anti-Defamation League has been keeping tabs on him for years.

“Arthur Jones, who proudly displays Holocaust denial, xenophobia and racism on his blog and website, has a long history of hateful, extremist and anti-Semitic views,” said Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Chicago-Upper Midwest Region.

“For example, in 2009, he protested the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and continues to espouse absurd conspiracy theories questioning the deaths of millions of Jews.

“He has spoken publicly at numerous neo-Nazi rallies and events, expressing xenophobic policies based in racial and religious hatred. He is, by every definition, an anti-Semite and unrepentant bigot.”

The likelihood is that he sinks like a stone in one of the most Democratic districts in Illinois, but on the other hand, Republicans have not come up with a challenger either.

(h/t Scarce @ Crooks and Liars)