Thursday morning, Arthur Jones, a GOP congressional candidate for Illinois' 3rd district, appeared on CNN's New Day, where he was asked about his beliefs and confronted about some of the content on his campaign website.
Jones is running in a heavily Democratic district of IL that represents a majority of Chicago and its suburbs. Now, he's been on CNN spreading his terrible, Holocaust-denying, anti-Semitic garbage, and even though Alisyn Camerota soundly shut him down, the fact that it's even become an argument in the first place is probably a win in his eyes-and in the eyes of those who might be swayed by him.
And Camerota noted he once led the Nazi party, celebrated Adolf Hitler's birthday and dressed in Nazi uniforms.
Jones - who also later called the Holocaust "an worldwide, extortion racket by the Jews" - is the only Republican running in the primaries for Illinois' third congressional district, which is a heavily Democratic district that stretches from Chicago's southwest side to the suburbs of LaGrange.
Despite saying he hasn't been formally involved with Nazi organizations for "15, 20 years", Jones used his appearance to call the Holocaust a "scam" and an "extortion racket".
Jones and Camerota spend the rest of the interview talking over one another, with Jones calling the Holocaust "poppycock" and a "scam" and Camerota eventually closing the conversation in exasperation. The Republican Party has also distanced itself from Jones's candidacy. "It's not vile and rancid, it's the truth", Jones replied. "It is one man, myself, that is standing for the truth and the news media can't stand that".
Despite his apparent disdain for both parties, Jones is running on the Republican ticket.
During the course of the interview, Jones made a number of baseless claims about the Holocaust, stating that Holocaust survivors had forged records to obtain Social Security benefits.
"We condemn this candidate and his hateful rhetoric in the strongest possible terms", said a Republican National Committee spokesman. "You couldn't win dogcatcher", she told an increasingly irate Jones. And we're not in the business of predicting the news, but I can say that you will lose this race. "You couldn't have been a dog catcher".