Illi­nois Nazi loses, an­other racist wins

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An avowed Nazi run­ning as a Repub­li­can lost a House race in sub­ur­ban Chicago on Tues­day. Arthur Jones, who called the holo­caust “the big­gest, black­est lie in his­tory” and de­scribed him­self as a for­mer leader of the Amer­i­can Nazi party, lost by a 50-point mar­gin to in­cum­bent Demo­crat Dan Lip­in­ski. Jones still man­aged to get more than 40,000 votes, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures.

The 70-year-old se­cured the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion in March, when the party did not bother to put up any other can­di­date in the heav­ily-Demo­cratic con­gres­sional dis­trict.

While Jones was un­suc­cess­ful, an­other far-right politi­cian, Repub­li­can con­gress­man Steve King, won a ninth term de­spite grow­ing out­rage over his re­cent com­ments sup­port­ing white na­tion­al­ism and ties to for­eign ex­trem­ists. The Iowa law­maker nar­rowly beat Demo­crat J D Scholten in his nor­mally re­li­ably con­ser­va­tive dis­trict. King was cas­ti­gated by his own Repub­li­can party last month af­ter he en­dorsed a can­di­date for Toronto mayor, Faith Goldy, an ap­par­ent “white geno­cide” con­spir­acy the­o­rist.

In Au­gust King trav­elled to Europe, where he told a pub­li­ca­tion aligned with Aus­tria’s far-right party FPO that Jewish phi­lan­thropist Ge­orge Soros has had a dark in­flu­ence on US elec­tions.

Steve King

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