The 3 most bizarre candidates in the 2018 elections
The Donald Trump phenomenon has unleashed an avalanche of candidates in the 2018 elections that have taken advantage of what they see as a media war against political correctness, launching campaigns that support everything from white supremacy to pedophilia.
Something broke in the collective unconscious of the nation when Donald Trump became president of the United States. It became apparent that political correctness was an avoidable issue and racism a useful tool to gain authority in the political landscape of the country.
The strange variety of candidates who have joined the primaries this year are evidence enough.
These are the three most over-the-top candidates in the 2018 elections.
After previously trying to get the Republican Party nomination five times, Arthur Jones, 70, has finally managed to position himself as the right-wing candidate on March 20 in the 3rd congressional district of Illinois.
Having been described by his own party as a "Nazi," Jones made his name through the denial of the Holocaust, anti-Semitic positions, and his open support for national-socialist student groups.
In 1976, Jones launched his campaign for mayor of Milwaukee as "a member of the National Socialist White People's Party," the New York Times recorded.
While he stated that "this Nazi thing is in the past" days before winning the nomination, a page dedicated to Holocaust denial can be seen on his campaign website, a historical event he has described as "a scam of international extortion."
Despite all of this, Jones won the nomination in a deeply Democratic district that includes "part of Chicago and its suburbs," according to The Associated Press, and which has not had a Republican representative since 1975.
This 37-year-old accountant has joined the race for the 10th congressional district in Virginia through a campaign that advocates pedophilia, white supremacy, and rape, as well as the legalization of drugs, the elimination of all the firearms regulations and "an end to the involvement of the United States in foreign wars that arise from our country's alliance with Israel," USA Today reported.
Worse still, Larson is an ex-convict who spent 16 months in prison for threatening to murder a president.
"In 2008, Larson sent a letter to the Secret Service in which he threatened to murder either George W. Bush or Barack Obama," the report continues. "The following year he pleaded guilty to threatening a president with death and served 16 months in federal prison."
In what he has called his "campaign manifesto," this candidate claimed to be a fan of Adolf Hitler with ambitions to restore "benevolent white supremacy," rebuild patriarchy, eliminate child labor laws and legalize early marriage, as well as the legalization of incest and child pornography.
In a telephone call with the Huffington Post, Larson confirmed that he had created web pages for pedophilia and misogynist violence forums, and assured the media outlet that "many people are tired of political correctness and being limited by it. People prefer an outsider who has nothing to lose and is willing to say what everyone thinks."
The state senator from Georgia has taken his campaign for state governorship to another level.
Describing himself as "the first elected official in the state to support Donald Trump," Williams transformed a school bus into what he called "the deportation bus."
In a campaign video, you can see the candidate descending from the vehicle that reads "Danger: murderers, rapists, kidnappers, molesters and other criminals on board."
Williams says in the video that "We’re not just gonna track’em and watch ‘em roam around our state. We're gonna put ‘em on this bus and send ‘em home."
"The deportation bus" has been seen in various parts of the state, calling for expedited deportation and support for Donald Trump's anti-immigrant stances.