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Local candidate for Congress paints another large Donald Trump mural in yard

News Herald (Port Clinton) logo News Herald (Port Clinton) 9/22/2021 Jon Stinchcomb, Port Clinton News Herald
a view of a building: Local candidate for U.S. Congress paints huge Trump mural in yard © Submitted Local candidate for U.S. Congress paints huge Trump mural in yard

PORT CLINTON — J.R. Majewski, the Port Clinton man hoping to unseat the longest serving woman in U.S. Congress, has a new massive Donald Trump banner painted across his entire front yard.

Majewski made national news in the summer of 2020 after painting his lawn into a 19,000-square-foot sign supporting former President Donald Trump’s reelection bid at the time.

Now, running as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur, Majewski is back with an even more elaborate painting featuring the former president.

“I’m sending an ‘S.O.S.’ to President Trump because the United States of America needs leadership now more than ever,” Majewski said.

The new yard painting features Trump in intricate detail, painted in the style of a stencil portrait on a backdrop of red, white and blue.

a sign on the side of a road: Local Republican congressional candidate J.R. Majewski painted a huge Trump mural in his Bay Township yard. © Submitted Local Republican congressional candidate J.R. Majewski painted a huge Trump mural in his Bay Township yard.

Majewski is trying to unseat Kaptur, who has been in office since 1983, for Ohio’s Ninth District seat.

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Mural inspired by plight of Americans still in Afghanistan

Sparking him to create the new painting, he cited the turmoil surrounding the U.S. military’s recent withdrawal from Afghanistan and that there are still American citizens trying to get out of the country.

Majewski referenced recent reports about U.S. citizens in Afghanistan being denied access into neighboring countries as they try to flee with their families.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported one naturalized U.S. citizen, who reportedly spoke to the news outlet on the condition of anonymity, said he was told he could exit Afghanistan via Uzbekistan with his wife, but would have to leave behind other relatives, such as his mother-in-law, a reported California resident who has a green card.

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a group of people wearing costumes: J.R. Majewski, the Port Clinton man who painted a Trump banner across his entire front yard, hosted a gathering at his home to watch the first presidential debate of 2020. © Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald J.R. Majewski, the Port Clinton man who painted a Trump banner across his entire front yard, hosted a gathering at his home to watch the first presidential debate of 2020.

Majewski, a U.S. veteran who served in Afghanistan himself, criticized Kaptur’s support of the Biden administration as it relates to the handling of the withdrawal from the country, which left Americans and their families behind, he said.

Kaptur, meanwhile, has praised the evacuation efforts, which are still ongoing, as “heroic.”

“In the midst of unimaginable chaos, the U.S. military has been engaged in a heroic effort to swiftly evacuate as many people as possible amidst growing unrest in Afghanistan,” she said following the terrorist attack coordinated by ISIS-K in Kabul that killed 13 U.S. service members, including a sailor from Berlin Heights, Ohio, on Aug. 26.

She described the loss of Americans as a “tragedy beyond belief.”

“These brave service members made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our citizens and allies. Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones, and we pray for the safety of those still on the ground,” Kaptur said.

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Voting records on military, Capitol security

In late July, Kaptur voted in favor of a bipartisan bill to spend $2 billion this year on actions related to the U.S. military leaving Afghanistan, as well as various measures to increase security at the Capitol building following the Jan. 6 riot.

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, also voted in favor of the bill. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, did not vote on the measure. In the Senate, both U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, voted to pass the bill.

But if he were to oust Kaptur, Majewski promised that “America will never lose face” and lauded his own strong leadership qualities he would bring to Congress.

“We will never leave an American behind, or a soldier on the battlefield, and we will make America great again,” Majewski said.

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Defeating Kaptur, who has served the district often referred to as “the Snake on the Lake” as it stretches from Toledo to Cleveland across Ohio’s Lake Erie shore for nearly 40 years, will be no easy task.

Kaptur has handily defeated her past 20 Republican opponents for the Ninth District, with the respective challengers only topping 40% of the vote twice, Frank Venner reaching 43% in 1984 and Rich Iott garnering 41% in 2010.

a young boy sitting at a table: U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, speaks to the service academy nominees and their families at Camp Perry in 2018. © File U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, speaks to the service academy nominees and their families at Camp Perry in 2018.

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