There could not have been 1,000 Latvian Legion veterans as Russian media contends, we doubt there are that many left alive in total. (The RT interviewer appears to not be familiar with Latvia, as she refers multiple times to "the Rīga" as a location.)
Simpson gets right to his point, which is that Waffen-SS = Nazi criminal. Curiously, he doesn't even address the Holocaust.
To "claim" is Simpson's code word for to "lie."
The charge that a large percentage of Baltic immigrants were criminal collaborators is, simply, false.
Simpson believes Latvian Nazis lobbied U.S. authorities to allow former war-criminal-by-definition Waffen-SS to enter the U.S. and that the finding that the Latvians were not Nazi supporters was a conspiratorial smoke-screen to allow that entry.
If Hāzners—whom Simpson expended considerable effort to vilify—is any indication, Simpson's contention is all conspiratorial conjecture as proven by the CIA's own declassified documents.
RT's question is founded on a false premise. But the casual viewer could well be hearing these contentions for the first time and believe them to be true, anti-American being in vogue.
More of Simpson's conspiratorial fantasy. The CIA was neither importing Latvian Nazi war criminals nor forgetting to prosecute them.
What "extreme" views? Simpson falsely alleges fascism, then alleges the Republican Party is in bed with fascists, with whom they share a common purpose (!).
Those Latvians who weren't very hostile to Russia were those to be looked on with suspicion. It would be incomprehensible to not bear hostility toward an occupying power which has deported and killed family, friends, relatives, which has ravaged your people, and which is now Russifying your homeland and culture.
As we have discussed, in a comparatively small exile community, its leaders wore multiple hats more often than not. That they did so testifies to their indefatigable dedication, not to conspiracy.
We have to ask, "exploited" for what purpose? To hate the USSR? When nearly every Latvian who survived WWII personally knew or was related to a victim of Stalin's wartime or post-war mass deportations, virulent anti-Sovietism was the norm.
Simpson basks in the media limelight fomenting anti-Latvian attitudes as he levies a broad swath of accusations emanating from his prejudice that the Latvian Legion are war criminals. Meanwhile, Hāzners' family—and all Latvians—continue to live with the anguish of false accusations immune to the crucible of truth. But if not the truth, whom does the lie of "all Latvians are Nazis" serve? That Simpson appears on Russia's global propaganda channel to hawk his denunciations offers the most straight-forward answer.