- A record number of white nationalists are running for national office in 2018, including people who deny the Holocaust occurred and advocate for segregation.
- One of the candidates said President Donald Trump speaks to people like him when he decries “globalists.”
- At least eight people associated with white nationalists groups are running for office this year.
A record number of white nationalists are running for national office in 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center told MSBNC, including people who deny the Holocaust occurred and advocate for segregation.
At least eight people associated with white nationalists groups are running for office this year, according to the report, and some reportedly support forcibly removing minorities from certain areas.
Morgan Radford of MSNBC spoke with some of these people, including a former member of the American Nazi Party named Arthur Jones who is running for Congress in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.
Jones is campaigning to keep Chicago’s neighbourhoods 90% white and claimed “the average IQ of a black person is about 20 points lower” than that of a white person. The congressional candidate also told Radford it was “ridiculous” to think six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II.
Roughly 20,000 people voted for Jones in the Republican primary for the 3rd District in March and he clinched the nomination, though he ran unopposed. The Illinois Republican Party has denounced Jones and described him as a “disgusting” Nazi.
Radford also spoke with Patrick Little, who is running on the Republican ticket for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat in California, a person who described Jews as a “monstrous” group.
Little said President Donald Trump speaks to people like him by decrying “globalists.”
According to Little, “[Trump] dog whistled about globalists.”
“I didn’t understand he was talking about Jews until after the election,” he said.
Little’s sentiments seem to be shared by other white nationalists, as Trump has been praised by people like David Duke, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan. Trump was also endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan’s official newspaper during the 2016 election.
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