Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican firebrand, put principle over party Friday when he asked Chicagoans to cast their vote for a Democratic congressional candidate over his GOP rival, who claims to be a Nazi, Politico reported.
Cruz made the request on Twitter, in response to reports that Republican candidate Arthur Jones is both a Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi.
"This is horrific," Cruz wrote. "An avowed Nazi running for Congress. To the good people of Illinois, you have two reasonable choices: write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat. This bigoted fool should receive ZERO votes."
The tweet went viral. By 10 p.m. ET, Cruz, who was a 2016 presidential candidate, received more than 15,000 likes and was retweeted more than 6,000 times.
Jones' opponent is Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, who represents Illinois' heavily blurred 3rd congressional district.
During an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Jones wasn't at all shy about his beliefs.
"Well, first of all, I'm running for Congress, not the chancellor of Germany. All right. To me the Holocaust is what I said it is: It's an international extortion racket," Jones told the newspaper.
The Republican Party failed to recruit a candidate for the district, a not-uncommon occurrence when chances of success are nil.
Cruz also received more than 4,000 replies, with many of them suggesting other names to the senator. A few, even non-supporters, thanked him.
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