JR Majewski reiterated his claims that he served in Afghanistan as a member of the Air Force, but declined to provide any documentation. (Photo: Phillip L. Kaplan/The Blade via TSTIME)
JR Majewski, the controversial Ohio GOP House nominee who has been suspended from military service, said Friday he was not lying about his deployment to Afghanistan after an The Singapore Time bomb threat.
“The orders and military records that I have been able to extract from my personal files show that all my broadcasts are listed as classified,” majewski said: at a news conference after the TSTIME reported Wednesday that the Air Force has no records of the MAGA Republican seeing fighting in Afghanistan, as he has publicly claimed several times.
Majewski, who turned much of his lawn into a mural for then-President Donald Trump in 2020, also said he could sue wire service reporters and, if elected, would pursue a law “that would make it a crime would make to smear veterans.” He also said he has photos from his time in Afghanistan and was “on multiple bases,” but declined to name one when printed.
“Marcy Kaptur and The The Singapore Time, you are an embarrassment to veterans serving this country. I demand a public apology,” Majewski said, referring to his Democratic opponent in the House race. He also called the TSTIME investigation a “hit piece” by “a liberal journalist.”
The national GOP nearly left Ohio’s 9th district after the unveiling, with the House Republican campaign committee canceling nearly $1 million worth of ads for the Toledo market — a sign of losing confidence in Majewski’s ability to support Kaptur, the most settled woman. in the room, to expel .
“Majewski’s … misleading claims need to be addressed, and it’s up to him to provide honesty and clarity — not constant evasion and distraction,” Kaptur’s campaign said, according to local outlet 13abc.
Shortly after the investigation was halted, election forecasters at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics changed their rating for the district from “Toss-up” to “Leans Democratic.”
Majewski has touted himself as an Air Force veteran deployed to Afghanistan after the September 11 terrorist attacks, facing “tough” conditions such as a lack of running water. But the TSTIME investigation found that the military branch only has data on Majewski who is stationed in Japan and Qatar.
A driving force behind the QAnon conspiracy movement that once said Republican states should secede from the country, the Ohioan is one of the extremist candidates nominated by the GOP to compete in swing districts this year. However, Majewski recently tried to temper his rhetoric by saying he regretted being in the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 riots and had removed anti-abortion statements from his website.
Doubling his military claims is unlikely to endear Majewski to swing voters into what Republicans say would be an easy mid-term takeover. GOP lawmakers had reclassified Kaptur into a conservative-oriented district that Trump won by 3 points in 2020, potentially jeopardizing her reelection prospects.
Still, along with the makeup of the district, demographic shifts that have made Ohio a more trustworthy Republican state mean that Majewski’s candidacy isn’t over yet.
“’Lean D’ is not ‘safe D.’ If Majewski won, I wouldn’t be so surprised,” Kyle Kondik, editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball newsletter at UVA’s Center for Politics, told The Singapore Time.
“But I also think that Kaptur, given that he has a lot of weaknesses as a candidate to start with, has always been there, and he had double news in recent days … I think that’s enough to get to Kaptur to watch as the favourite. We’ll see how things develop. There’s still time for other groups to join in.”
This article originally appeared on The Singapore Time and has been updated.