Republican House nominee J.R. Majewski is a frequent user and superfan of the white nationalist social media platform Gab and its antisemitic CEO, Andrew Torba. Majewski last year called Torba one of “America’s Greatest Patriots” and told him, “if there’s anything I can do to help you, just say the word. Pro Bono, I’m all in.”
Majewski is the Republican nominee for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, which is considered a “toss-up” race. The NRCC, Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and former President Donald Trump are backing him. Before becoming a candidate, Majewski was a QAnon-supporting streamer who said, “I believe in everything that’s been put out from Q.” Majewski is also a January 6 insurrectionist who claimed that he “wanted nothing more than to go” into the Capitol, but stayed outside the building.
Gab is a haven for far-right extremists, including people who have been banned from other social media platforms. Many of its users are antisemites, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists. They also post calls for violence against Jewish people. In 2018, a Gab user posted antisemitic and violent remarks on the site before he allegedly killed 11 people in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.
Torba is an antisemite who has reposted attacks from other Gab users claiming that Jewish people are “subversive”; in control of the government, media, and financial institutions; and responsible for “white genocide.” He’s also reposted praise of Gab for offering “differing opinions” on the Holocaust.
Torba has stated that he supports a political movement which excludes Jewish people and other non-Christians. He said on July 22: “We don't want people who are Jewish.” He also stated that “we're not bending the knee to the 2% anymore” and won’t be “told what we're allowed to do in our own country by a 2% minority.”
The virulent antisemitism of Gab and of Torba has drawn heavy scrutiny after it was revealed that Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano paid the site $5,000 for “campaign consulting.”
Majewski has a verified Gab account and says that he has “been on gab since Day 1.” He has posted on Gab at least 390 times and has continued to use it despite Torba’s recent remarks against Jewish people. On his account, Majewski promotes his campaign and asks users for campaign donations.
Prior to running for Congress, Majewski used Gab to solicit attendees for the January 6 insurrection, writing: “Anyone plan on going to DC on the 6th? If you’re from Ohio or on the path from NW Ohio to DC and want to carpool or caravan, send me a message here or on Twitter.” (Torba and Gab also encouraged the January 6 insurrection.)
Majewski last year said that Torba is one of America’s greatest patriots and would do anything to help him. His 2021 remarks came after wide scrutiny of Gab for promoting antisemites, white nationalists, and violent extremists, including after the January 6 insurrection.
On January 16, 2021, Majewski wrote on Twitter: “Andrew Torba and @getongab are Patriots of the highest degree. Perfect example of an Outsider... tell us it cannot be done, or we can’t do it, and then watch.” After Torba said a bank had dropped Gab, Majewski told him on February 22, 2021: "Call them out. Personally I would drop my bank if it’s them. Rationale: You’ve treated on of America’s Greatest Patriots unfairly.”
He also thanked Torba on August 29, 2021, for making “sure I have a voice here on GAB.” And on January 16, 2021, he told Torba: “Brother @a if there’s anything I can do to help you, just say the word. Pro Bono, I’m all in. I’m 100% in this to help other Patriots.”
Update (8/29/22): In an August 27 post on Gab, Majewski doubled down on his support for both the site and Torba. He also asked for donations. Reflecting Gab’s user base, the most-liked comments on Majewski’s post are antisemitic. Torba reposted Majewski's post.