A white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer covered by the New York Times over the weekend has lost his job and says he is losing his home in Ohio as well. Tony Hovater, 29, said he and his wife could no longer afford their home and their address had been published online.
Hovater said that he, his wife and his brother-in-law were fired Monday. All three worked at 571 Grill & Draft House, a small restaurant in New Carlisle.
Hovater's friend and supporter Matt Parrott is currently running a crowdfunding campaign via Goyfundme.com, a site created earlier this year after GoFundMe and PayPal removed and refused to host campaigns for accounts associated with far-right beliefs.
“Tony was fired from his job for his political beliefs. His wife and family all fired all at once to avoid the political pressure,” Matt Parrott, who runs the site, said, adding that the “nationalist community” has rallied behind the Hovaters.
The Times experienced some backlash for its decision to feature Hovater, with many people arguing it worked to normalize the ideology he espouses.
Hovater and Parrott are both co-founders of the Traditionalist Worker Party, one of the extreme right-wing groups that rallied in August in Charlottesville, where a car allegedly driven by a Nazi sympathizer plowed into a group of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Hovater told the Washington Post that he and his wife are staying with a friend for now, and he hopes to earn income as a contractual welder.