Ohio GOP House candidate has misrepresented military service

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Campaigning for the Northwest Ohio congressional seat, Republican JR Majewski presented himself as an Air Force combat veteran who was stationed in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in what was once “difficult” conditions. Describing this, including the lack of running water, which forced him to go higher than this. 40 days without shower.

Military documents obtained by the Associated Press through a public records request tell a different story.

They indicate that Majewski was never posted to Afghanistan, but instead served a six-month stint helping to load planes at an air base in Qatar, a longtime US ally that has been spared from the fighting. is a safe distance.

Majewski’s description of his time in the military is just one aspect of his biography that is questionable. His post-military career has been defined by exaggeration, conspiracy theories, talk of violent action against the US government, and sometimes financial pressure.

Still, thanks to unshakable loyalty to former President Donald Trump—Majewski once painted a giant Trump mural on his lawn—he favors Republicans in the recently redrawn district, longtime Democratic Rep. There is a chance to defeat Marcy Kaptur.

Majewski is among a group of GOP candidates running for office for the first time, whose unpublished life stories and hard-right politics could play down the prospect of a Republican “red wave” on Election Day in November. He is also a vivid representation of a new breed of politicians who reject the facts as they try to emulate Trump.

“It bothers me when people trade on their military service to get elected to office, when all they’re doing is misleading the people they want to vote for them,” said a retired Air Force veteran. Colonel Don Christensen said of Majewski. “Veterans have done a lot for this country and it’s a disservice when you claim what your brothers and sisters have actually done to enhance your reputation.”

Majewski’s campaign declined to provide him for an interview and, in a lengthy statement released to the AP, did not directly respond to questions about his claim of deployment to Afghanistan. A spokesperson declined to provide additional comment when the AP followed up with additional questions.

“I am proud to serve my country,” Majewski said in the statement. “My achievements and records are under attack, meanwhile, career politician Marcy Kaptur has a forty-year record of failure for my Toledo community, which is why I’m running for Congress.”

Without previous political experience, Majewski is unlikely to be the Republican nominee, taking on Kaptur, who has represented the Toledo area since 1983. But two state legislators who were on the ballot in the August GOP primary split the establishment vote. This cleared the way for Majewski, who previously worked in the nuclear power industry and politics as a pro-Trump hip-hop artist and promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory. He was also in the US Capitol during the uprising on January 6, 2021.

Throughout his campaign, Majewski has offered his Air Force service as a valuable credit. The tagline “Veterans for Congress” appears on the campaign merchandise. He ran a Facebook ad promoting himself as a “combat veteran”. And in a campaign video released this year, Majewski plows through an empty factory with a rifle pledging to restore an America that is “free and strong as the country I fought for.”

Recently, the House Republican Campaign Committee released a biography that described Mazewski as a veteran whose “squadron was on the ground in Afghanistan for the first time since 9/11.” A campaign ad posted online Tuesday by Majewski supporters showed the words “Afghanistan War Veteran” on the screen alongside a photo of a young Majewski in his dress uniform. Afghanistan is not mentioned in a biography posted on his campaign website.

But Majewski did not come forward when asked about the specifics of his service.

“I don’t like talking about my military experience,” he volunteered in a 2021 interview on the One American podcast as he served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. “It was a difficult time in life. You know, the military was not easy.”

A review of his service record, which the AP obtained through a public records request from the National Archives, as well as a…

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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