Just when all hope seemed to loss, Jesse Ventura has suggested that he might mount a third party run for the presidency if his favored candidate, Bernie Sanders, does not get the Democratic nomination. Ventura, a one term governor of Minnesota, is famous for being a pro-wrestler and action movie star. He is most familiar to audiences for being the chain gun welding, tobacco chewing mercenary in the 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger tough guy vs. alien film “Predator.” Contrary to popular belief, Ventura was never a Navy SEAL, but did serve in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team.
After his stent in elected office, Ventura’s career took a dark turn.
A virulent opponent of President George W. Bush, Ventura flirted with 9/11 trutherism, suggesting that Bush knew in advance about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
He was also involved in a law suit with Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL war hero whose life become celebrated in the book and film “American Sniper.” Kyle claimed that he punched Ventura out in a bar altercation after the former governor loudly bad mouthed American servicemen serving in Iraq. Ventura filed a defamation law suit against Kyle, transferring it to his widow Taya Kyle as executor of his estate after his murder. Ventura has been awarded a handsome settlement, but the civil action is still out on appeal.
Ironically, Ventura claims to be friendly with Donald Trump, who he claimed promised his support should he run for office in 2004. His primary concern with Trump is his “hawkish nature” regarding his promise to destroy the terrorist army known as ISIS. Strange for a military veteran who made his fame shooting people and blowing things up in the movies, Ventura has a decidedly pacifistic and isolationist foreign policy.
He is a past supporter of Ron Paul, who last ran for president in 2012.
Ventura is not likely to prosper as an independent political candidate. He lacks the personal wealth of a Ross Perot of the lefty street cred of a Ralph Nader. The idea of a man who has spent the last few years persecuting the widow of a popular war hero succeeding in national politics is bizarre, to say the least. #Election 2016 #Celebrities #Democrats vs Republicans