In Illinois' 3rd Congressional district, there's only one candidate on the Republican primary ballot in March. His name is Arthur Jones, and he is a Nazi who actively denies the holocaust and spews anti-semitic filth at every opportunity. Though he's been disavowed by the Republican party at both the state and federal levels, he continues to run and, by all accounts, seems to be the party's de facto nominee for the 2018 midterm elections.
Jones recently made an appearance on CNN's New Day with Alisyn Camerota. From the very beginning of the interview, it was clear Camerota had no interest in treating him as a regular candidate. After showing the audience a brief clip of Jones spewing hate speech at a recent neo-Nazi event, Camerota asked Jones point-blank:
Mr. Jones, It is shocking to hear how vocally and unapologetically racist you are. Are you a Nazi?
Admitted Nazi & Holocaust denier running for Congress unopposed in the March election, as a Republican. What's more horrific than this interview? The silence from the GOP. Then again, maybe he's one of the "very fine people" on that side.— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) February 9, 2018
The interview became quite heated, with Camerota repeatedly calling Jones out on his bigoted views.
Though Jones makes a (shockingly small) effort to distance himself from the Nazi Party (refusing to give a simple "no" to the question "Are you a Nazi?"), Camerota makes things abundantly clear to everyone:
You’ve been part of anti-Semitic groups since the 1970s. You’re part of the White People’s Party. You dress in Nazi garb, you celebrate Hitler’s birthday. You’re a Nazi.
I’m a child of Holocaust survivors. Watching Alisyn Camerota interview Nazi Arthur Jones was bone chilling.— PassMeAPickle (@CeeLeeMusic) February 8, 2018
He denies the Holocaust. Says we’re “a Jew Party system.”
Another one of Trump’s very fine people, AND a Republican running for IL Congress.#NewDay#ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/CvyRZb3Wd8
When Camerota described the offensive filth on Jones' website as "vile," and "rancid," Jones shot back:
It's not vile and rancid, it's the truth. There’s nothing on that website that’s not true. You jews media, you’ve gone absolutely nuts. You think that Adolf Hitler’s revived from the grave or something. It’s one man, myself, that’s standing for the truth.
Jones went on to describe the holocaust as an "extortion racket."
Twitter users were big fans of the way Camerota handled Jones:
Alisyn Camerota is interviewing the Nazi running for congress in Illinois on CNN right now and it is ... something.— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) February 8, 2018
She gave him absolutely no leeway, which was exactly as much as he deserved.
Before ending the interview, Camerota delivered this message to Jones:
You have a long track record of losing. You lose virtually everything that you run for. You’ve run for Congress and you’ve lost, for mayor, for alderman. And we’re not in the business of predicting the news, but I can say that you will lose this race. You couldn’t win dog catcher...chances are, you’ll go down in flames.
We certainly hope she's right.
"I don't call myself a Nazi," Illinois congressional candidate Arthur Jones told @CNN's @NewDay. ADL's @egavactip took these photos in 2015 of Jones at a National Socialist Movement rally in Toledo, sporting a swastika armband & Aryan Nations pin. What would you call him? pic.twitter.com/c0J9uAqNWP— ADL (@ADL_National) February 8, 2018