Eric Cantor, GOP House Minority Whip, threw Rich Iott, GOP/Waffen SS House candidate in Ohio under the bus for his Nazi war enactment weekend games on Fox News Sunday. Iott, who should apply for a name change to add the "id" before his last name is pissed. Apparently some things are beyond the pale, even for Republicans.
I don't care what you excuse is, running around on weekends in an SS uniform is unacceptable no matter how benign you might think it is.
"I think that Representative Cantor did what so many career politicians do," Iott said. "He reacted before he had all the facts. He didn't know the whole story. He didn't understand what historical reenacting is all about, or the education side of it. And he just made a decision without all the facts. My opponent here is cut out of the same cloth. Those are the people who passed the health care bill before they knew what was in it. The same folks who passed the stimulus bill..."
In Iott's tiny little mind I image he equates Health Care reform "death panels" with the Holocaust. He went on to dig himself deeper into a hole. "...participating in historical reenactments, living history, is a much better way to get the message across...It's a great outreach to the public."
Eric Cantor is Jewish, so am I and we tend to get more than a little upset at seeing people in this day and age parading around in an SS uniform, no matter how benign you think it might be.
On his SS Wiking playacting website it said, We salute these idealists; no matter how unsavory the Nazi government was, the front-line soldiers of the Waffen-SS (in particular the foreign volunteers) gave their lives for their loved ones and a basic desire to be free.
"Unsavory", I have friend I might even consider 'unsavory'. Calling the SS "Idealists (with a)...basic desire to be free" is abhorrent. The only thing they wanted to be free of was "subhuman" non-Aryans.
Iott should be on his knees begging for forgiveness, not trying to blame Cantor and justify his actions. Instead of trying to educate people about the SS by getting dressed up as one go to the Holocaust Museum and start off by educating yourself. it was really grand of him to apologize to veterans after the shit hit the fan. How about an apology to the Jews and others who suffered under the Nazis.
Next Iott will say some of his best friends are Jewish. Oh, he's already done that.
Update I When you're in a hole, stop digging. Iott's latest defense is "I don't think we can sit here and judge that today. We weren't there the time they made those decisions,"
Update II The Wiking Waffen SS division that Iott and his gang played were recruited from non-German volunteers. They weren't people forced to fight for Germany but people who wanted to.