Tony Hovater belongs to a movement of the extreme right and claims that the number of victims in the Holocaust is exaggerated.
Mr. Hovater describes himself as a Nazi sympathizer. He is the organizer of a movement of white supremacists, but he leads a discreet and routine life.
Newly married, at 29, he lives with his wife in a small town in Ohio, where until Thursday he worked at a local restaurant. A few weeks ago, he shared his ideas with The New York Times: the rejection of democracy, the admiration for the swastika and the belief in the separation between races, and the defense of his, white race.
After a stir of criticism for his radical ideas, Hovater and his wife have been dismissed from their jobs and will move from the small town of New Carlisle for security reasons.
Hovater cooks pasta and has four cats. He is fond of heavy metal. On their bookshelves, books about Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini share space with Nintendo Wii games. It is, as he tried to convey “the Nazi sympathizer of the house next door, educated and quiet.” But many readers rejected the article harshly, accusing the newspaper of seeking to normalize those who believes in the creation of an ethno state led by the white race. That Hovater is not a violent agitator like those in Charlottesville who murdered a young woman last summer does not make him a “better Nazi”, many critics in the networks suggested.
“I think he really believed in his cause,” he said of Hitler. “The numbers of the Holocaust (six million Jews exterminated) are an exaggeration,” argued radical Hovater.
The owner of the restaurant 571 Grill , where he worked with his brother-in-law has confirmed on Thursday that he had dismissed them after receiving calls and messages from angry customers, dismayed by information about Hovater, one of the cooks working part time. In a statement, the owners of the place expressed their anger over what happened: “Although we like to receive the attention of the national press for our hamburgers, it is with a sad heart that we will reflect on this divisive political issue that has fallen upon our small business.”
The article had not identified the restaurant where he worked and Hovater himself had claimed that his profession was a welder. The couple had received up to $ 6,000 in donations through a website of the far right.
When he was not at his work place, Hovater acted as organizer of the Traditional Worker’s Party, a movement belonging to the far right, whose presence in the social fabric is increasing, empowered by a president who often makes xenophobic comments and feeds a divisive rhetoric . The political group defines its mission as “the struggle for the interests of White Americans, abandoned by the System and actively attacked by the globalists.”