Nazi sympathizer profiled by New York Times says he lost his job and — soon — his home, by Kristine Phillips.
Tony Hovater, the white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer featured in a controversial New York Times story last weekend, said he lost his job and would soon lose his home following a swift backlash over the article.
Hovater, a 29-year-old Ohio resident, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that he has been fired from his job and that he and his wife, Maria, are in the process of moving out of their home in New Carlisle, Ohio, for financial and safety reasons. They could no longer afford to pay the rent, he said, and somebody had published their home address online.
“It’s not for the best to stay in a place that is now public information,” he said, adding later: “We live alone. No one else is there to watch the house while I’m away.”
The lengthy Times profile that was published Saturday portrayed the daily and seemingly normal life of Hovater, whom writer Richard Fausset described as the “Nazi sympathizer next door” and a “committed foot soldier” of the far-right movement. The story also described Hovater as a “Seinfeld” fan whose “Midwestern manners would place anyone’s mother.”
Hovater said that he, his wife and his brother-in-law were fired on Monday. All three worked at 571 Grill & Draft House, a restaurant in New Carlisle.