If you’re looking for evidence that the racist right is mainstreaming now in the Republican party, look to Illinois where a congressional candidate who believes the “Holocaust never happened” and that President Barack Obama is an “illegal alien” is hoping to win the Republican nomination.
Raw Story interviewed an aide to candidate Arthur Jones who explained why Jones was running as a Republican. “He can’t see himself in the same party with an illegal alien like Obama or a homosexual like Barney Frank or all these abortionists and all these people that want amnesty for illegal aliens,” he continued. “To run as a third-party candidate or an independent candidate in Illinois, you need 5,000 signatures, which means you need double that just to get on the ballot.” the aide said.
Jones is a former member of the Nationalist Socialist White People’s Party is competing against Jim Falvey and Richard Grabowski for the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District of illinois currently represented in Washington by Democrat Dan Lipinkski.
Just because Jones is running as a Republican doesn’t mean the party is per se sympathetic to white nationalism. But the fact that more and more of the fringe hard right find tolerance within and a pathway to more national prominence in the Republican party should give conservatives pause. Their presence is doing nothing but lurching the party further and further to the right and, as we’re witnessing right now, potentially into irrelevance.
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