A congressional candidate in Illinois has called the Holocaust “the biggest, blackest lie in history.”

Arthur Jones, a 64-year-old insurance salesman from Lyons, Ill., is hoping to be the Republican candidate to run against Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D) and is making headlines with some shocking statements.

“This idea that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust is the biggest, blackest lie in history,” Jones told CBS St. Louis. “There is no proof that the Holocaust took place in Europe against the Jews.”

“As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,” Jones, a Vietnam War veteran, said according to the Oak Lawn Patch. “Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV. The more survivors, the more lies that are told.”

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