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CNN Host Skewers Holocaust-Denying Congressional Candidate During Heated Interview

CNN Host Skewers Holocaust-Denying Congressional Candidate During Heated Interview
3 months ago

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?

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.

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:

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.