What is it about public officials and Nazi uniforms these days. We just saw a Portland police officer accused wearing a Nazi uniform and building a memorial to fallen German soldiers including a SS officer and a war criminal. Now, Rich Iott, Ohio Republican nominee for Ohio’s Ninth District (second from the right) has been shown in his World War II German uniform.
Iott a wealth businessman running against Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D). He likes to hang out with other World War II reenactors as a faux member of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division. The Atlantic article below has some incredible quotes from the website of the group about how the real soldiers were “idealists” who fought to protect the motherland. However, the site says:
“This page or anyone involved in its creation, or members of reenactment groups listed here, are in no way affiliated with real, radical political organizations (i.e., KKK, Aryan Nation, American Nazi Party, etc.) and do not embrace the philosophies and actions of the original NSDAP (Nazi party), and wholeheartedly condemn the atrocities which made them infamous.”
Iott insists that he is not a Nazi — he essentially just plays one at these events.
Parts of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division were accused of war crimes against Jews in the Ukraine.
Of course, this allows Iott to release his new slogan: “Vote for Iott: Because It Is Better To Be A Little Reich Than A Lot Wrong.”
Source: The Atlantic.