Why is This Republican Candidate for Congress Dressed as a Nazi?

Rich Lott, second from right, in a Nazi SS Waffen uniform.

Rich Iott, second from right, in a Nazi SS Waffen uniform.

First saw this on Bill Maher’s show over the weekend, he was discussing this story from Joshua Green on the Atlantic:

An election year already notable for its menagerie of extreme and unusual candidates can add another one: Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio’s 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite, who for years donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments.

Iott, whose district lies in Northwest Ohio, was involved with a group that calls itself Wiking, whose members are devoted to re-enacting the exploits of an actual Nazi division, the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, which fought mainly on the Eastern Front during World War II. Iott’s participation in the Wiking group is not mentioned on his campaign’s website, and his name and photographs were removed from the Wiking website.

When contacted by The Atlantic, Iott confirmed his involvement with the group over a number of years, but said his interest in Nazi Germany was historical and he does not subscribe to the tenets of Nazism. “No, absolutely not,” he said. “In fact, there’s a disclaimer on the [Wiking] website. And you’ll find that on almost any reenactment website. It’s purely historical interest in World War II.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    I totally agree with the guys. I’m very fascinated with Nazi Germany during world war 2 and I also collect rifles, medals, and personal items. Though I don’t go as far as re-enacting but there has to be some kind of preservation for what happened for future generations to learn and understand from. I am not a racist and have friends of all races, religions and creeds. Just another “liberal” tact against the right party because they know they’re screwed out of everything come Nov.2nd this year. I can’t wait! Democrats proved they can’t fix the country like they thought they could.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    I totally agree with the guys. I’m very fascinated with Nazi Germany during world war 2 and I also collect rifles, medals, and personal items. Though I don’t go as far as re-enacting but there has to be some kind of preservation for what happened for future generations to learn and understand from. I am not a racist and have friends of all races, religions and creeds. Just another “liberal” tact against the right party because they know they’re screwed out of everything come Nov.2nd this year. I can’t wait! Democrats proved they can’t fix the country like they thought they could.

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