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Neo-Nazi Loses Job After NYT Profile Called Him Unremarkable

Members of the Neo Nazis National Socialists Movement (NSM) rally on the steps of the State Capital in East Lansing, Michigan April 22, 2006. About 80 NSM members rallied for two hours while a heavy police presence kept the NSM and 500 counter-demonstrators separate. REUTERS/Rebecca CookMembers of the Neo Nazis National Socialists Movement (NSM) rally on the steps of the State Capital in East Lansing, Michigan April 22, 2006. About 80 NSM members rallied for two hours while a heavy police presence kept the NSM and 500 counter-demonstrators separate. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A Nazi sympathizer profiled in The New York Times lost his job at a local Ohio restaurant once the story on him was published, according to a Wednesday report.

Tony Hovater, a 29 year-old white nationalist, said the 571 Grill and Draft House fired him after multiple people began calling the restaurant in outrage over comments Hovater made in the TheNYT writeup titled “A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland.”

“They decided to can me,” Hovater told the publication, adding that he and his family would be moving from the New Carlisle area out of safety concerns. Hovater had been at the Draft House for more than a year as a part-time cook, and his brother-in-law and wife worked there as well.

A manager for the restaurant, who asked TheNYT not to name him, recounted how the employees were frightened at the volume of threatening calls from angry people. According to the manager, though, Hovater asked the restaurant to let him go.

The NYT profile of Hovater over the weekend sparked outrage over the weekend, as many people thought the profile softened the reality of Hovater’s views.

“Most Americans would be disgusted and baffled by his casually approving remarks about Hitler, disdain for democracy and belief that the races are better off separate. But his tattoos are innocuous pop-culture references: a slice of cherry pie adorns one arm, a homage to the TV show ‘Twin Peaks.’ He says he prefers to spread the gospel of white nationalism with satire. He is a big ‘Seinfeld’ fan,” reporter Richard Fawcett wrote in his piece.

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