Cantor ‘Would Absolutely Repudiate’ Iott’s Nazi Dress Up Weekends (Video)
October 10, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—When it was revealed Friday by the Atlantic that teapartier Rich Iott, a Republican candidate for Congress from Ohio’s 9th District was a closeted Nazi Waffen-SS soldier re-enacter, Republican lawmakers stayed silent, but Iott’s name did mysteriously disappear from its “Young Guns” contender list. Finally, on Sunday during a Fox News appearance, House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) repudiated Iott’s repulsive Nazi dress up “purely historical” hobby, but only after prodding from Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL). Meanwhile, Iott posted a defense of his weekends donning a Nazi SS officer’s uniform, complete with his German alter ego,“Reinhard Pferdmann,” insisting “historical re-enacting” is as American as apple pie and it was a father-son bonding activity.
That’s all well and good, but membership in a group that glorified and sanitized the atrocities against Jews and “undesirables” committed by the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, hailing the Wiking SS soldiers, as a group of “idealists” fighting the scourge of Communism “in the name of a better tomorrow,” is quite different from general “historical re-enacting,” described by Iott as a hobby “enjoyed by millions of men – and women – around the world.” In a word, it’s creepy, very, very creepy. You have to wonder who took on the role of the medic? You may recognize his name: Dr. Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This election season’s tea party-backed Republican candidates for office are so far to the right of extreme, that a Nazi Waffen-SS soldier re-enacter didn’t seem out of place. But apparently, glorification of Nazism and playing dress up as a Nazi SS officer on the weekends, is even too much for the current GOP establishment.
When Talking Points Memo reported on Iott’s removal from the “Young Guns” website, the blog pointed out that now we know what today’s GOP considers too extreme: Nazism.
“You can get away with a lot in conservative politics these days, but it turns out spending your weekends dressed as a Nazi, celebrating the brave Waffen 5th SS Panzer Division is still a bridge too far,” wrote Talking Points Memo.
Rep. Cantor, a Jewish congressman, finally did publicly condemn Iott’s bizarre Nazism hobby on Fox News Sunday.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: You have one candidate in Ohio who actually thinks it’s a good bonding experience to reenact Nazi battles with his son. [...]
CANTOR: Now Debbie went and launched into her attacks as to some of the reports about some of the candidates that are running, particularly the one in Ohio having to do with a Nazi reenactment. She knows that I would absolutely repudiate that and do not support an individual that would do something like that.
WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: Well you haven’t.
CANTOR: I’m doing it right here.
Photo Source: The Atlantic