Sometimes an idea is hatched that is so ghastly that when presented, the only response a person can give is to blink. This is one of those times. Wednesday CNN revealed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said he hopes Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination – and consider him for vice president. In talking with former Trump adviser Roger Stone on his online video show “Off the Grid” on Tuesday, Ventura posed a question, “Roger, let’s have some fun, though, for a moment. Let’s say hypothetically, Donald Trump somehow triumphs. Who do you think he should pick for his VP?” he asked Stone.
Much to Ventura’s chagrin, Stone suggested GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson for the ticket because, like Trump, he’s not a former politician. “He’s a brain surgeon,” Stone said. “He doesn’t come from the world of politics. He’s also a straight talker. I think Trump/Carson would be a very strong ticket. Beyond that, I would try to find someone outside the discipline of politics.”
According to Politico, Ventura didn’t want to be left out of the mix. “That throws me out of the equation because I’m a former governor. Do you think Donald would ever think of asking me?” he asked Stone. Stone reminded Ventura, who is an independent, that he would have to register as a Republican.
Stone stated that he still strongly supports Trump even though he is no longer with the campaign. They had their differences but agreed on the major issue of cleaning up the special interest corruption of our government. “People are ready for blunt talk. They don’t want these politicians that are scripted or that are handled, or practiced, or coached. This is why you were successful, in Minnesota,” Stone told Ventura
Lest we forget, Ventura the WWE Hall of Fame wrestler turned Navy SEAL is most currently known for his successful lawsuit against the estate of late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. The dispute revolves around the description of an alleged incident in Kyle’s book, “American Sniper,” in which the former SEAL claimed he punched Ventura in 2006 after the former governor said the SEALs “deserved to lose a few” in Iraq.
Ventura won the lawsuit with a $1.8 million verdict against the estate. The lawsuit was filed before Kyle was killed. Much of the criticism against Ventura centered around the size of the verdict against Kyle’s estate, which was to provide for his widow and two children. Ventura had stated that criticism didn’t bother him.
Ventura said he’d support Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. “I shocked my staff today,” Ventura said. “I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.’” Ventura cited Trump’s ability to frustrate the influence of political parties and the mainstream media in his endorsement.
According to CBS News, Ventura is no stranger to shaking up the political world. “If Donald Trump were to ask me to be his running mate, I would give it very serious consideration because anything to break up the status quo of this country,” Ventura told CBS affiliate WCCO. “This country needs to be shaken up. It needs to be shaken to its very core, and Donald Trump is doing that.” He added, “My advice to him at this point would be, ‘Don’t you dare back down, cause if you back down now, you’re finished,'” Ventura said. “They tell you defense wins Super Bowls, but that’s not presidential. Offense can win the presidency.”
Ventura thinks that having his name on the ticket would help bring in votes. It could also spell disaster for Trump. A lot of people are still angry with him over the Kyle lawsuit. That possibility doesn’t seem to bother Ventura. “I see Donald Trump very much, and Bernie Sanders, too, campaigning like I did when I won the governorship of the state of Minnesota. Speaking from the heart, speaking with no notes and just telling people what you feel and the truth, and if you do that, you have a damn good chance to win.”
Ventura thinks what’s attracting voters to Trump is that, like him, Trump is not a career politician and he speaks freely. Politics does make strange bedfellows.