Yet, in this race the Republican candidate, Art Jones, was an avowed neo-Nazi, Holocaust denier and anti-Semite. Jones was so bad that the Republican Party tried to remove him from the ballot after it was too late to do so. (Combine Illinois' archaic voting laws with GOP negligence for his nomination and ballot retention.)
In the immediate aftermath of the Pittsburgh terrorist attack killing 11 Jewish Americans who were in prayer in the worst anti-Semitic crime in American history, this anti-Semite candidate received 27% of the vote...27%. Jones was clear in stating that he was "gratified" for the support:
"They can't say they didn't know who they were voting for."Then, the conclusion:
"I think I probably would've done a lot better had it not been for this disaster in Pittsburgh with the murder of 11 Jews."There you have it, this cretin received 27% of the vote in his House District race and believed his vote total would have been higher if Jews hadn't been murdered.
As we all know, the ADL has reported that there was an explosion of anti-Semitic attacks and incidents in America in 2017 continuing into this year. The vote that Art Jones garnered on Chicago's Southwest Side -- 27% -- was, in this writer's view, another anti-Semitic event. When, in his press conference on November 7, the President of the UNited States was asked directly what he might be doing to stem the anti-semitic assaults, his response was: "Prime Minister Netanyahu said that I am the best friend Israel has ever had."
All of us must stand tall for our children and our grandchildren and for our values. No one else will.