Tuesday’s primary in Illinois ended with the wins of two men with racist pasts: Arthur Jones and J.B. Pritzker.
Jones, 70, who ran unopposed for the Republican seat in the state’s Third Congressional District race, was condemned by Republicans for being a Nazi, The New York Times reported. The Third Congressional District, which tends to be Democratic, includes part of Chicago and its suburbs.
Pritzker, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and a billionaire, has been heavily criticized for his previous remarks about Black politicians in an FBI wiretap conversation.
“Even if only myself and my wife voted for me, I’d win the primary because the Republican Party screwed up big time,” said Arthur Jones, a former member of the American Nazi Party. https://t.co/N8CsTqlSg5
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JUST IN: JB Pritzker wins Democratic primary in race for Illinois governor. pic.twitter.com/WkWXtmrQqc
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Looking into Jones’ past racist history, he was a former member of the American Nazi Party. Also, he has been active in the White supremacist movement for years, the NY Times report said. He founded a conservative campus newspaper and attended meetings of both the Young Republicans and a Nationalist Socialist student group at the University of Wisconsin.
“Arthur Jones is not a real Republican — he is a Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse,” Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman, said to the Times.
Jones has also been referred to as a “Holocaust denier” on Twitter.
On the other hand, Pritzker, heir to a family fortune that includes ownership of the Hyatt Hotel chain, had the backing of the Democratic party. The billionaire businessman had put $70 million into his campaign, NY Magazine reported. But his riches have not overshadowed his past controversial missteps.
JB Pritzker won the IL Dem Gov primary — The guy caught on FBI tapes giving advice to Rod Blagojevich about selling Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder, for which Blago was convicted.
— Mo Mo (@molratty) March 21