What Made GOP Candidate Rich Iott Want To Dress Up As A Nazi? Must Have Been The Recruitment Video
Ohio Congressional candidate Rich Iott (second from right), seeking to unseat Marcy Kaptur, plays with the Nazi reenactment group SS Wiking for fun, as revealed by Josh Green at the Atlantic. Iott’s name and pictures were removed from the website, not because of political ambitions but because, he says, his son lost interest in it.
Iott participated in the group under his own name, and also under the alias “Reinhard Pferdmann,” which has also been removed, and which Iott described as being his German alter ego. “Part of the reenactor’s [experience],” Iott said, “is the living-history part, of really trying to get into the persona of the time period. In many, not just in our unit, but in many units what individuals do is create this person largely based on a Germanized version of their name, and a history kind of based around your own real experiences. ‘Reinhard’ of course is ‘Richard’ in German. And ‘Pferdmann,’ ‘pferd’ is a horse. So it’s literally ‘horse man.'”
It must be the recruitment video that Iott and others found so irresistible.
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