From 2016 to 2017 America has seen a tremendous spike in Anti-Semitic incidents, ranging from a 94% spike on elementary and high school campuses, to 89% on college campuses, and 57% across all of the United States.
Simultaneously politicians such as Republican Illinois congressional candidate Arthur Jones, and Democratic D.C councilman Trayon White, are promoting Anti-Semitism, instead of denouncing it.
Arthur Jones who is running for Congress on the Republican line, in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district (which includes parts of Chicago and adjacent suburbs), is not ashamed to hide that he is an Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist, and self-proclaimed Nazi.
On his campaign website, under the “Holocaust?” tab, he cites a document by Veterans of Jewish Wars which proclaims the Holocaust a piece of “pure Kosher bologna…. [made up] for one reason; it’s good business for the Jews and their beloved bandit state of Israel”.
Jones ran unopposed during the GOP primary to clinch the nomination and won the primary on Tuesday.
Illinois Republican Party chairman Tim Schneider’s response to Jones’ candidacy was simply that “Arthur Jones is not a real Republican — he is a Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse”.
Yet this does not explain why the GOP in Illinois did not commit to doing what they did the last five times Arthur Jones tried to run for office (all five times unsuccessfully), and run another candidate to oppose a well known Nazi in Tuesday’s primary.
In times when Republicans are un-justly called Nazis and racists, it is crucial that the Republican Party do everything in their power to disassociate with those that are actually Nazis, and racists. And although banning Anti-Semitic, “Alt-Right” leader Richard Spencer from attending CPAC, the largest Conservative/Republican conference in the United States, might draw good P.R. to the GOP, we must be doing more.
The Republican Party needs to ensure that Nazis like Arthur Jones are not able to become Republican candidates and do everything in its power to stop them.
At its core, the Republican Party has historically been much more embracive of Jews and people of all races, and ethnicities than Democrats have ever been. Which is why they must stop the myth of Republican and Conservative racism, by running candidates that project those ideals.
However, Democrats are equally responsible as Republicans for allowing Anti-Semitism to leak into their party. D.C.-Ward 8’s Democratic Council-member Trayon White posted a video on Friday blaming the weather on a “model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man” and warned people to “be careful [of the Rothschilds]”.
The Rothschild conspiracy theory, which stems from the 19th-century Pamphlet titled “Satan” which discussed the Jewish Rothschild family being named greedy by Satan for earning so much money off the stock exchange, has been used as a well known Anti-Semitic pawn for years.
Trayon White has since apologized for his remarks but many of his Democratic co-workers have failed to denounce him, thus condoning his Anti-Semitic actions.
American children, students, and citizens are returning to the ways of the very first pagan Anti-Semites, while the political world is forgetting the United States’ constitutional principles, and perpetuating the spike in Anti-Semitic incidents. Instead of allowing a perpetuation of Anti-Semitism in the United States, we must as individuals call upon our respective parties to ensure that they put their every effort into stopping Anti-Semitic candidates and elected officials.