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Photographs of Nazis who marched in Charlottesville have gone out over the internet and the Nazis’ lost weekend is coming home to roost with a vengeance. One New York man found his photograph had been made into a flyer and distributed in his home town. Livingston News:

The fliers identify the circled man as Jerrod Kuhn and claim that he is a “leading figure with the Daily Stormer, an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities.”

Speaking early Wednesday afternoon outside his Honeoye Falls residence, Kuhn staunchly denied being a neo-Nazi, calling the assertion “a crazy accusation.”

“I’m not a neo-Nazi. I don’t belong to a German workers’ party from 1933,” he said. “I’m a moderate Republican.”

Oh, this guy’s not a Nazi. He just joined in the chants of “Jew won’t replace us,” and “blood and soil,” the latter being a phrase which was adopted as a mantra by the original Nazi party, becoming synonymous with its master race ideology. 

Kuhn, said he traveled to Charlottesville solely to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from one of the city’s parks.

“It’s a piece of history, and I thought that it should remain,” he said. “It’s important to me that we preserve American history no matter how ugly the past is it’s associated with.”

Kuhn said the fliers have ruined his life and that, after they were posted around the village, he and members of his family have received death threats. Law enforcement has been made aware of the threats, said Kuhn, but he thinks he’ll probably have to move out of the area.  

“I can’t live in this community anymore. I’m in the process of figuring out what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’m 21 years old and now my life is over in this area.”

What’s truly sad is that Kuhn is probably right. The neo-Nazi of 2017 is a moderate Republican, him included.

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