Today in questionable campaign strategies: A Republican running for Congress in Illinois says that the Holocaust is the “biggest, blackest lie in history.”Arthur Jones, an insurance salesman who is running for the Republican nomination in Illinois’ 3rd District, is a former member of the Nationalist Socialist White People’s Party and once wrote a flyer calling the Holocaust an “international extortion racket.”
“This idea that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust is the biggest, blackest lie in history,” he told KMOX, a CBS affiliate in St. Louis. “There is no proof that the Holocaust took place in Europe against the Jews.”
Jones, who says he is challenging Rep. Dan Lipinski (D) seat because of Lipinski’s Israel policies, says that he’s “the only guy in the state of Illinois against the Israeli lobby.” So far, he’s collected 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot, but the state Republican Party is refusing to let him on because of his views. “I didn’t know believing in the Holocaust became a requirement for public office,” Jones said.