In videos newly uncovered by Media Matters, Republican congressional nominee J.R. Majewski said last year, “I believe in everything that’s been put out from Q,” the figure behind QAnon. He also told viewers, “I wanted nothing more than to go in that building” during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, but he stayed outside because he was with people who “had physical limitations.”
Majewski’s support for “Q” is yet another piece of evidence that he has been lying in his attempts to distance himself from QAnon.
Majewski won the Republican primary for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District on May 2. Forecasters consider his race against incumbent Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur a “toss-up.” Majewski has received a boost from right-wing media, especially One America News.
The violence-linked QAnon conspiracy theory is based on cryptic posts (or “drops”) to far-right online message boards from an anonymous user known as “Q.” Followers of the conspiracy theory essentially believe that Trump and his allies have been secretly working to stop pedophilia rings run by elites and prominent Democrats.
Majewski’s support for QAnon includes:
- promoting QAnon on Instagram and Twitter;
- associating with and frequently appearing on the show of QAnon influencer Zak Paine, who was with Majewski on Capitol grounds during the January 6 insurrection;
- having a collection of QAnon clothing, as The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer documented;
- and crediting QAnon with developing his supposed knowledge, stating on a QAnon show that the conspiracy theory is “very mind opening. And it broadened my horizons substantially, just getting involved in the movement, getting involved with what everybody is doing and just seeing, you know, how deep it goes.”
Additionally, CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck recently reported that Majewski has “repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material -- including a video showing him painting his lawn to say Trump 2020 with ‘Q’ replacing the zeros” and “between July 2020 and January 2021 on his now-deleted personal Twitter account, Majewski tweeted the QAnon hashtag #WWG1WGA -- which stands for ‘Where we go one, we go all’ -- more than 50 times.”
In a newly uncovered video, Majewski gave an unabashed endorsement of Q.
Majewski briefly co-hosted the streaming program Earcandy, where he discussed QAnon and other topics. During the show’s February 6, 2021, edition, Majewski defended the integrity of the embattled “Q” by stating, “I believe in everything that's been put out from Q,” and claiming that the problem with the QAnon movement was followers who “don't do their own due diligence.” Majewski then referenced other “schools of thought” around the conspiracy theory, including Fall of the Cabal, a violent QAnon video series which suggests that the Clintons and former President Barack Obama should be hanged for supposedly committing “high treason.” He added that people try to “twist” and “smear” Q when that figure is trying to put out “military-level intelligence.”
J.R. MAJEWSKI (HOST): Like I said before, it's not that, it's not that I -- I believe in it. I believe in everything that's been put out from Q. What I think is, like I've said before, I think there's been conflation between people that join or get involved. They don't do their own due diligence. They just –, they think that they know, they become arrogant. And, you know, a lot of it has to do with the fact that there's these boards, you know, and these boards kind of propagate a certain mentality, a certain behaviors, and they manifest themselves in other people and then they start conflating with other, you know, schools of thought, like Fall of the Cabal and then they twist and they smear, you know, what Q is trying to put out, which is military-level intelligence, in my opinion. And those two don't mix. They have certain points where they're aligned, but they have totally different, you know, intentions to certain degrees there.
Majewski has also gained attention because he is a January 6 insurrectionist, though he has claimed that he did not enter the Capitol -- but by his own telling, he wanted to enter the building.
He appeared on the January 13, 2021, edition of the QAnon program Spaceshot76 and recounted his time in Washington, D.C. Majewski has said that he helped organize and bring Trump supporters to the Capitol.
On the QAnon program, Majewski said: “I was pissed off myself. And I wanted nothing more than to go in that building. And – but my, you know, ultimately my duty or my job was, you know, we raised a lot of money to bring people there. And a lot of folks had physical limitations.”
J.R. MAJEWSKI: Right after that less-than-lethal, right after that flashbang was thrown in the crowd, there was immediately fighting and people were booing because it just felt like betrayal. And, you know, I felt the same way. And I was – I was pissed off myself. And I wanted nothing more than to go in that building. And – but my, you know, ultimately my duty or my job was, you know, we raised a lot of money to bring people there. And a lot of folks had physical limitations. Right? I didn't want to leave them and have them get hurt. And so I stayed. And it was a struggle because I really wanted to go in at certain points.
But then I talked to RedPill [QAnon influencer Zak Paine, also known as RedPill78] and we decided, you know what? We got to move. And, you know, I've been, in my past, I've been affiliated with certain scenarios like this where I kind of, I understand the protocol. So I understand what happens in an emergency at a government facility, especially ones housing special people. And, you know, it was pretty obvious what was going to happen next. And I told people, this is what's going to happen. It's going to be pepper spray and then they're going to do tear gas. So we were able to maneuver ourselves so that we weren't a victim of it. But some of us still got – I mean, I had tear gas on me when I got home that night at the hotel and – but ultimately, we got everybody out. I had to run back, I got people to safety and then I had to run back in a couple times and get some stragglers. Eventually, got out.
Majewski also said that the January 6 insurrection “felt like a set up the whole time.”