And dressing up like a Waffen-SS officer is one of them, especially if you’re a Congressman candidate for Congress and a member of a political party whose more unscrupulous opponents enjoy likening to a bunch of Nazi racists:
A Republican politician in the US has been criticised after pictures of him dressed in a Nazi uniform emerged on the internet.
Senior Republican figures have now sought to distance themselves from Rich Iott, a House candidate from Ohio.
Mr Iott admitted being a member of a group that re-enacted SS battles.
Several photographs show Mr Iott posing as an officer in the Waffen SS – the combat wing of Hitler’s feared Schutzstaffel.
While Mr. Iott has claimed that the whole thing is a big misunderstanding and that he’s involved in some sort of reenactment group out of “purely historical interest” — a claim that admittedly has some credence since there are also pictures of him dressed up as an American WWI “doughboy” and a Civil War-era Union solider — the simple fact that this guy is too thick to realize that dressing up in German WWII-era uniforms is extremely problematic — and dressing up as the WAFFEN FUCKING SS is even more problematic — should signal that he’s probably too thick to adequately represent his constituents in Congress, and the bar for that is perilously low already.
The Atlantic has a few pictures from the website of the so-called “Wiking” reenactment group showing Iott in full drag. For his part, Iott has posted up a bunch of pictures showing him playing the role of other, non-Nazi soldiers, so I guess you can make up your own mind as to whether he’s actually some sort of white supremacist — my gut says he’s probably not (a sentiment apparently shared by a local rabbi). He is, however, incredibly callous and stupid. One can only hope that the voters of Ohio decide not to send him to Washington.