Nazi Sympathizer Says Controversial ‘New York Times’ Profile Cost Him His Job and Home

Mr. Hovater and others in the loosely defined alt-right movement are hoping to make their ideas less than shocking, even normal.
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An Ohio white supremacist who rocketed to infamy after a controversial profile in The New York Times says he lost his job and home in the aftermath of his widely publicized ideological reveal.

Tony Hovater says he, his wife, Maria, and her brother were fired from their jobs at the 571 Grill and Draft House in New Carlisle. Hovater told the Times his family was moving from their rental home “for safety reasons.”

Hovater told The Washington Post that they could no longer afford to pay the rent, and that someone published the address online.

“It’s not for the best to stay in a place that is now public information,” he said. “We live alone. No one else is there to watch the house while I’m away.”

Hovater wasn’t alone in taking heat after the profile published Saturday. Critics accused the Times of normalizing white supremacy behavior. That led Times national editor Marc Lacey to respond, saying it was important “to shed more light, not less, on the most extreme corners of American life.”

Hovater is a founding member of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a group that participated in contentious, racially charged marches in Charlottesville, Va. Among the group’s core values is to “fight for the interests of White Americans, a people who for decades have been abandoned by the System and actively attacked by globalists and traitorous politicians.”

The Times described Hovater as a regular guy in his community, a well-mannered “Nazi sympathizer next door” living a quiet, uneventful life.

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon