November 7, 2018
To be fair, Arthur Jones had embraced good optics in recent years, and had good optics for this race.
But he was historically an actual, literal neo-Nazi.
And he won more than a quarter of the vote. In a totally blue district.
The long-shot candidacy of a Holocaust denier’s Republican bid for Congress was defeated Tuesday, but not before the neo-Nazi received more than 53,000 votes in Illinois’ 3rd District.
As expected, incumbent U.S Rep. Dan Lipinski cruised to victory with just under 75 percent of the unofficial vote tally in the Democratic stronghold that stretches from the city’s Southwest Side to the west and south suburbs.
With a little over 95 percent of precincts reporting, Lipinski received 149,749 votes compared with Jones’ 53,415. The results may not include all early voting tallies.
Lipinski issued a statement Tuesday night but did not specifically mention his opponent. Throughout the race, Lipinski has condemned Jones as a racist, a bigot and an anti-Semite, but has also tried to limit speaking about him to avoid giving his challenger a platform to “spew his hatred.”
In a statement on Twitter, Lipinski said, “Voters want more of my commonsense leadership that produces results for the district and our country. People will always have disagreements, but I believe we all agree on making America a better place today and for future generations.”
Jones, a 70-year-old from Lyons, had run for office several times before but never advanced to the general election. He received 20,681 votes when he ran unopposed in the Republican primary in March.
Jones has previously described himself as a “white racialist,” or someone who “knows the facts of race,” in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
A former member of the American National Socialist Workers Party, Jones said he also opposed equality, interracial marriage and school integration.
Now, you can frame this in various ways.
You can say that people didn’t know who he was and just voted “R.”
Well, he still got 56,000 votes.
However it happened, he got over a quarter of the votes in this race.
Furthermore, I find it hard to believe that people didn’t know who he was. He was all over the local media. And he was in the national media quite a bit.
He did a great CNN interview.
I think people are getting very tired of the Jews.
And I think we’re getting very close to the point where as long as people keep good optics and keep their message MAGA, we are going to be able to elect openly anti-Semitic candidates.
No one cares about Jews anymore.
The quickness with which the synagogue shooting dropped out of the media is proof of that. The Jews were doing everything they could to make this the endless story, but people simply wouldn’t click the news links or watch the TV segments about it, so they had to give up.
People do not feel sympathy for the Jews anymore. This is not the 1990s. They overplayed their hand. No one cares anymore.
That part of American history is over.