CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Thursday told a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Illinois that she hoped he would lose after he denied the Holocaust and became visibly angry at her.
In an interview on CNN’s New Day, Camerota noted that Arthur Jones was poised to take the Republican nomination for 3rd Congressional District because he is running unopposed.
“It is shocking to hear how vocally unapologetic you are about your racism,” Camerota told Jones. “Are you a Nazi?”
“I don’t call myself a Nazi, I call myself an American patriot and statesmen,” Jones insisted.
The CNN host noted that Jones had been part of anti-Semitic groups for over 40 years, that he attends Nazi rallies and was part of the White People’s Party.
“You dress in Nazi garb and you celebrate Hitler’s birth day,” Camerota explained. “You’re a Nazi.”
For his part, Jones insisted that he no longer a member of Nazi organizations.
“I haven’t belonged to one since about 1990,” he said.
As the interview continued, Jones became combative, refusing to let Camerota finish questions. At one point, he referred to the Holocaust as an “extortion racket” and a “scam.”
“Here’s the good news,” Camerota remarked. “You have a long track record of losing. You lose virtually everything that you run for. You’ve run for Congress and you’ve lost, for mayor, for alderman. And we’re not in the business of predicting of predicting the news but I can say that you will lose this race.”
“Chances are, you’ll go down in flames,” she concluded.
Watch the video below from CNN.