A Holocaust denier and anti-Semitic white supremacist, Arthur Jones, won the Illinois Republican primary in the state’s Third Congressional District on Tuesday, March 20. A Vietnam veteran, Arthur Jones is now the official Republican nominee unopposed in Tuesday’s (March 27) Chicago area primary. Jones is known for being involved with racist and anti-Semitic hate groups since the 1970s and gave speeches of great hatred against the Jewish population. Even going as far as questioning the existence and the authenticity of the Holocaust.

Known for once having close ties with the American Nazi Party as their former leader, Jones has never renounced his beliefs or denied his views.

When asked by CNN anchor, Alysin Camerota, during an interview Jones was asked simply, “do you call yourself a Nazi?” he responded as thus: “I do not call myself a Nazi. I call myself an American patriot and statesmen.”

Arthur Jones claims that he has not been affiliated with any organizations since the 1990s, and the only organization he belongs to now is the America First Committee, an organization that he founded himself. Jones has been witnessed to have participated in neo-Nazi rallies, has been a part of the White Peoples Party, and he is known to celebrate Hitler’s birthday. Though all these accusations against him are firm, he still denies that he is, in fact, a Nazi.

A political party at war with Arthur Jones

The Illinois Republican Party denounced Arthur Jones’ campaign in a statement earlier this year saying, “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.” Even though the party may condemn his views and his antics, there was no other Republican nominee that opposed him on the ballot, leaving Jones as the only option for candidacy for the nomination.

With tensions ever great in America, Arthur Jones’ presence in the Congressional seat could add more gasoline to the flames and the Republican party is aware. The National Republican Congressional Committee, in hopes of keeping the majority of the House, will not endorse Jones in the election. Jones will face off in a debate against the Democratic nominee in the 2018 midterm election, where he hopes to unseat Democrat Dan Lipinski.

A divided nation and government

According to the Chicago Tribune, Republicans are now blaming Democrats for the success of Arthur Jones rising to power. Though, in hindsight, this is causing great harm to the Republican party instead of the Democrats. The reasoning for this view is the area is mainly controlled by Democrats, but not a lot of voters turned up in the election, saying that there is a flaw within their party.

With the possibility of Arthur Jones winning the vote, this causes extreme alarm within the country. His presence is already triggering those voices of hatred to speak even more loudly for the world to hear. Americans are terrified and so are the people of the world who are watching.