Nazi Sympathizer in NYT Profile Says He Was Fired

Tony Horvater says he has been forced to move
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2017 3:16 AM CST
Nazi Sympathizer Loses Job After NYT Profile
Horvater and his group took part in the Charlottesville white nationalist protests.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A Hitler fan in the heartland says he has lost his restaurant job in the wake of a controversial New York Times profile and has been forced to move out of his home. Ohio resident Tony Horvater, described by the Times as "the Nazi sympathizer next door," tells the Washington Post that he was fired along with his wife and brother-in-law Monday from the 571 Grill & Draft House in New Carlisle. The 29-year-old says they are moving out of their home because they can no longer afford the rent, and because they no longer feel safe after activists published the address online. "It's not for the best to stay in a place that is now public information," he says.

In a statement, the restaurant said the Times article revealed "disturbing" views that it does not share. The restaurant said Horvater "suggested that they release him from employment" after the establishment was "swamped" with threatening messages. Hovater, however, tells the Times that it "decided to can me." Hovater, co-founder of the white nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party, says he will still have income from contract work as a welder. A campaign on the "Goyfundme" site—a far-right alternative to GoFundMe—has raised more than $7,000 to help Horvater and his wife. The Times faced a major backlash after its Horvater profile, with critics accusing the paper of normalizing neo-Nazism. (More Neo-Nazi stories.)

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