Tuesday, March 7, 2017

#1803: Art Jones

Arthur Jones was a 2012 Republican primary candidate for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. He also has a story of organizing family-friendly, neo-Nazi events around Adolf Hitler’s birthday – and he is a committed Holocaust denialist: “As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,” Jones said. “It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV.” His remark “the more survivors, the more lies that are told,” though, makes it sound like the problem, for Jones, is the survivors.

He ran again in 2016, but this time as an Independent – primarily on an anti-immigration platform, though he took a firm stance against marriage equality as well; apparently homosexuals (“the lying Pink Crusader Rabbits”) are in a conspiracy that “seek[s] to uproot, and overthrow all the moral teachings of the Christian religion on which all of our laws are based.” He was also pushing something he called the “Neighbourhood Amendment”, which apparently sought to let citizens who decided to keep their neighbourhoods clean, white and Christian would have the legal means to do so (apparently the government is involved in a conspiracy to ensure that neighbourhoods are diversified as a step in their pro-gay, anti-Christian agenda). Oh, and he was still pushing Holocaust denialism – “the Holocaust is pure Kosher bolongna [sic],” complete with random capitalization and underlinings – and various other anti-semitic conspiracies: apparently kosher food is a nefarious ploy by Rabbis to tax non-Jewish consumers and use the money to fund abortions, gay marriage and illegal immigrants.

Diagnosis: Unsavory fringe loon, but he is not alone in his delusions.

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