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Huffington Post: A Neo-Nazi in the GOP: Where's the Outrage From On High?

-By Menachem Rosensaft

March 1, 2012- Arthur Jones, a neo-Nazi, outspoken anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, wants to be a Republican congressman from the Land of Lincoln.

This is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. The 64-year-old Jones, who organizes "family friendly" celebrations of Adolf Hitler's birthday and maintains that "the Holocaust never happened," actually is a candidate in this year's Republican primary in Illinois's 3rd Congressional District.

Jones faces two other opponents in the primary, which means that he could theoretically become the nominee with just 35% of the vote.

"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.

"The more survivors, the more lies that are told."

Jones, an unrepentant erstwhile member of the American National Socialist party, has actually declared that, "Philosophically, I'm a National Socialist."

To his credit, Illinois GOP state chairman Pat Brady has called Jones's views "repugnant," and insists that "his candidacy should not and will not be supported in any way by the Illinois Republican Party."

What troubles me, however, is that, to the best of my knowledge at least, Jones has not been renounced by the leadership of the national Republican Party. I know that Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have been otherwise preoccupied as of late, but it would be nice if they would at the very least take a few minutes out of their busy campaign schedule to reassure us that they do not want to appear on the same ballot line as Jones. And what about House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? Could they possibly be prevailed upon to stop disparaging President Obama long enough to address what's happening on their side of the aisle?

Asked about the support he is receiving from white supremacists, survivalists and assorted anti-Semites in this year's presidential derby, Texas Representative Ron Paul told the New York Times in December that "I wouldn't be happy with that." Nonetheless, Paul has not rejected their support. "If they want to endorse me," Paul said, "they're endorsing what I do or say -- it has nothing to do with endorsing what they say." That's nowhere near good enough.



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