Kelvin Whelly is the former U.S. Marine who appeared at a press conference held by two noted right-wing fraudsters and said he was paid by Senator Elizabeth Warren to have an affair with her in 2018. Whelly, 25, was brought into the spotlight on October 3 by Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman,who have previously worked together in debunked smear attempts.
Wohl has admitted that he promotes false news if it helps President Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Burkman and Wohl previously worked together in a failed attempt to create false sexual harassment allegations against former special counsel Robert Mueller. They have also attempted to smear Senator Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The Daily Beast acquired audio showing Burkman and Wohl allegedly trying to persuade someone to come forward and accuse Buttigieg of sexual misconduct.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has been married twice, from 1968 until 1978 to Jim Warren. Since 1980, the Massachusetts Democrat has been married to Harvard law professor Bruce Mann. Warren has not responded directly to the press conference, but tweeted about her time at the University of Houston, which has a cougar as a mascot, a reference to a sign posted at the press conference by Wohl and Burkman that read, “Elizabeth Warren Cougar?”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Whelly Said He Met Warren on the Website Cowboys4Angels
Kelvin Whelly told the media that he met Senator Warren through a male escort website, Cowboys4Angels. Whelly said he first met Warren at the Hilton Hotel in Woburn, Massachusetts, on August 8, 2018. Jacob Wohl said Whelly has evidence of his encounters with Warren, but did not present it at the press conference. The full press conference featuring Whelly can be watched below:
A tweet from Warren’s account appears to show her in Woburn on that date. On August 9, Senator Warren held a town hall at Fitchburg State University, 45 miles from Woburn. There are no posts on Whelly’s Instagram or Facebook pages between July 27 and August 13, 2018.
Whelly said that he had been a professional escort for older women in the past but that Warren was his first client over 60. Whelly said Warren messaged him saying that he should “bring toys” and that he should surprise her. Whelly said that the senator was into bondage. He also said that the pair had “many BDSM sessions” together. Whelly accused the senator of having “violent” sexual tendencies. Warren appeared to respond to Whelly’s allegations with a shout-out to her alma-mater:
On another occasion, Whelly made claims that he engaged in a threesome sexual encounter with Warren and a “busty” female high school friend of his.
The press release promoting Wohl and Burkman’s event was spread online by NBC News reporter Ben Collins on October 3. The release said that Burkman and Wohl would be “joined by a decorated, former U.S. Marine and bodybuilder who alleges he was involved in a long term sexual relationship with presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.” In his tweet, Collins joked, “Congrats to Elizabeth Warren on rising so quickly in the polls she forced Jacob Wohl to write erotica about her.”
The Burkman and Wohl’s statement read in part, “These charges will shock the conscious [sic] of the nation. This young man’s story is one that every voter needs to hear before casting a single ballot.”
2. Whelly Says His ‘Very Passion Is to Dominate’
On his Facebook About section, Whelly, who uses his middle name, Ty on social media, says his “very passion is to dominate.” He goes on to describe himself as a business owner and a health and wellness coach. Whelly says that he lives in Phenix City, Alabama, but works as a fitness consultant at Max Fitness Elite in Columbus, Georgia.
On an Instagram page, Whelly says that he is the father of one child. That page has not been updated since June 2016. The mother of his child, who appears frequently on his older Instagram feed, is now in a relationship with another man, according to her Facebook page. Whelly and the mother of his child were married in 2015. It is not clear if they are divorced or only separated.
Whelly posted a photo to an active Instagram page less than 24 hours before his press conference. Whelly also posted an Instagram story in which he talks about drinking alcohol in his hotel room on the morning of the media event. Whelly says that he drank a can of 84 proof Slow & Loud rye as well as a mimosa with breakfast.
Whelly says on a LinkedIn page that was created in 2019 that he was an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps and is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. On that page, Whelly says he attended Russell County High School in Seale, Alabama. A post on Whelly’s Instagram page says that he graduated from boot camp in November 2014.
3. Whelly Has Posted Multiple Times on Facebook About His Support for Donald Trump & Has Questioned if the Earth Is Flat
On the day of the 2016 presidential election, Whelly wrote that he had voted for Donald Trump. Following Trump’s victory, Whelly posted “Omg yes,” accompanied with a meme showing Trump riding on a tank. In November 2017, Whelly questioned whether or not the earth was really flat.
In January 2017, Whelly posted photos of the planes crashing into the twin towers in Manhattan on 9/11. The caption read, “Still want refugees…” None of the 9/11 hijackers were refugees.
In December 2017, Whelly criticized Trump detractors saying, “Wait you mean the racist, prejudiced Trump is making sure those who say those things #liberals is actually creating jobs for those who say f*** a job … and stay broke or legally broke .. ha well atleast this president is upsetting ignorant agnostic people and is throwing the middle finger up to the Chinese.” That same month, Whelly reposted a video of Donald Trump telling supporters to vote for disgraced Republican candidate Roy Moore. Whelly has posted pro-gun memes and memes critical of abortion. There does not seem to be any posts that are critical of Senator Elizabeth Warren. However, Whelly’s father posted a meme that was critical of Warren less than 24 hours before his son’s press conference.
4. The Warren Allegations Come a Few Days After Burkman & Wohl Failed to Name the Ukrainian Whistleblower
Wohl was last in the news a few days before the Warren allegations when he appeared at a press event alongside Burkman in which the pair would name the whistleblower in the Donald Trump/Ukraine scandal. The whistleblower is the person who raised concerns regarding the president’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.
The Washington Post described that event as consisting of a couple of photographers, a few supporters and more hecklers. Burkman, who had previously been offering a $50,000 for information regarding the whistleblower’s identity, told the crowd, “We do have the name of the whistleblower thanks to brave members of staff inside the White House, inside the National Security Council, that came forward and gave us this name. We cannot release it today.” The pair then went on to hype future events that would reveal information about Democratic candidates.
In August 2019, Wohl was charged in California and accused of selling securities illegally, the Daily Beast reported. Wohl and a former business partner, Matthew Johnson, will appear in court in Riverside County in southern California on October 24. The Beast report goes on to say that Wohl is accused of falsely promoting himself as a “hedge fund wunderkind.”
The report said that Wohl said that he had nine years of experience in financial trading, which would have meant Wohl’s finance career began when he would have been 8 or 9.
5. Senator Warren Is ‘Essentially Tied’ at the Top of the Democratic Polls With Joe Biden
At the time of Wohl and Burkman’s allegation, Senator Warren is polling second in the race for the Democratic nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. A Morning Consult poll shows Warren at 21 percent behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who is polling at 32 percent. While Quinnipiac Poll from September 2019 said that the Massachusetts senator is “essentially tied” with Biden.
In early October 2019, Politico reported that Warren’s surge in the polls was due to her rising popularity with African-American voters.
“Rick and Morty” writer Siobhan Thompson was among those poking fun at Wohl and Burkman’s allegations saying, “If I was a politician with steamy secrets I’d simply leak them all to Jacob Wohl. Problem solved.” While The Nation’s Jeet Heer tweeted, “Jacob Wohl is this curious combination of utter vileness tempered by hilarious incompetence and stupidity.”
Spectator writer Caroline McCarthy joked, “Look, I get that this is BS and the “decorated, former U.S. Marine” will mysteriously cancel on the event, but Elizabeth Warren being a voracious cougar who hooks up with 24-year-old bodybuilders would make me want to vote for her.”
A parody account, purporting to be the state news agency of North Korea, tweeted, “@DPRK_News declines to publish latest allegations by Jacob Wohl, citing unreliability of sources and slipshod reporting technique. @DPRK_News follows strictest ethics in journalism.”