Ohio’s J.R. Majewski said he fought in Afghanistan. Nope
Don Christensen, a retired Air Force colonel, told the Associated Press:
It bothers me when people trade on their military service to get elected to office when what they are doing is misleading the people they want to vote for them … Veterans have done so much for this country and when you claim to have done what your brothers and sisters in arms actually did to build up your reputation, it is a disservice.
When forced to respond, Majewski told the Associated Press he was “proud to have served my country,” adding that his “accomplishments and record are under attack, meanwhile, career politician Marcy Kaptur has a forty-year record of failure for [his] Toledo community, which is why [he’s] running for Congress.”
Rolling Stone reports that during another interview, Majewski talked briefly about his military time, recalling to the host he’d served in 2002 and 2003. When asked about what it was like being in Afghanistan, Majewski was cagey, saying he didn’t “like talking about” his experience.
In 2020, Majewski, who was at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, proudly served former President Donald Trump by dedicating his entire lawn to the 45th president with a 19,000-square-foot “Trump 2020” mural. He later altered the mural to change the zeros to the letter Q, per Business Insider.
As for Majewski’s role on Jan. 6, he claims he never entered the Capitol and therefore broke no laws. But according to the Associated Press, he has said he was “pissed” at himself for not going inside.
The Associated Press reports he later condemned the insurrection and even called for those who did go inside—narrowly avoiding a self-condemnation of his own actions—to be “punished to the fullest extent of the law.” He also continues to allege that the 2020 election was stolen.
Majewski, who is an Air Force veteran, has also claimed to be an “executive in the nuclear power industry.” He is not.
A spokesperson from Holtec International, where he worked most recently, told the Associated Press he was an employee but refused to say more.