Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura: 9-11 Truther for President?

9/3/2008 2:24:34 PM

Tags: Jesse Ventura, Jesse The Body, Ron Paul, Rally for the Republic, Truthers,

Jesse Ventura SpeaksSauntering on stage yesterday at Ron Paul’s Rally for the Republic, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura—dressed in a Navy SEAL tee shirt, a sport coat, and a baseball cap—knew he was in a friendly room. A small group of people rushed toward the podium at the Target Center in Minneapolis, as the crowd tried to jockey for a better position to see Ventura speak. Citing his experience as a professional wrestler, Ventura encouraged everyone in the room to boo him when they felt like it. He said that boos give him encouragement. 

Most of Ventura’s speech, however, was met with thunderous applause. During his time on stage, words like “personal responsibility” and “the Constitution” were met by enthusiastic screams. At one point Ventura said that the 2nd Amendment is “not about hunting and fishing… [it] is there so that we the public, if our government gets out of control, we have the ability to rise up and change it.” It was the only rally I’ve ever attended where the idea of armed struggle against the US government could elicit such an enthusiastic response.

After the part about gun rights, Ventura began asking questions about what happened on September 11, 2001. The official government story didn’t hold water, according to Ventura, who questioned whether or not Osama bin Laden had carried out the attacks on the World Trade Center. Ventura said that many people wouldn’t like what he had to say about September 11, but his remarks were met warmly by the sold-out crowd at the Target Center.

His reception with Ron Paul supporters is so warm that Ventura overtly referenced his presidential ambitions for 2012. He said that the motivation for a campaign would have to come from the people, but if they worked hard enough, he would run for president. Short on specifics, Ventura’s announcement was met with cries of “Run Jesse, Run.”

You can watch part of his speech below:

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Colin_1
12/15/2008 6:02:07 PM
The government account doesn't hold water? The alternative as put forward by Mr. Ventura and co. has ten times as many holes in it and could technically qualify as a sieve - in which he and his Jumblie friends should maybe go to sea.. "The water it soon came in, it did, The water it soon came in; So to keep them dry, they wrapped their feet In a pinky paper all folded neat, And they fastened it down with a pin. And they passed the night in a crockery-jar, And each of them said, 'How wise we are! Though the sky be dark, and the voyage be long, Yet we never can think we were rash or wrong, While round in our Sieve we spin!'

Bennett Gordon
9/4/2008 1:51:49 PM
Ventura took his hat off when he approached the podium. It made me wonder: Why did he take it on stage in the first place?

Evan Ravitz
9/4/2008 9:25:18 AM
It's important to know that the same 9/11 widows, etc. that forced the government to hold the 9/11 Commission -and prevented Kissinger from heading it- now say it was a whitewash and made a movie about their awakening: "9/11 Press for Truth" which you can see all of at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3979568779414136481&hl=en These people have looked at the evidence, as have the organizations Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and Pilots for 9/11 Truth: http://www.ae911truth.org/ and http://www.pilotsfor911truth.org/ Will you dismiss them all as "conspiracy theorists" in order to believe the government which has lied to you about almost everything possible?

Chilli
9/4/2008 2:07:40 AM
Hmmmm, were you even at the Rally? Even the picture accompanying the article clearing shows Ventura without a hat, but I suppose the baseball hat reference was a preferred part of the imagery slur. It might have been a better use of ink to have made the contextual observation that the man, now balding and with scraggly shoulder length hair, looks more than a little similar to Benjamin Franklin, which would certainly have appealed to the patriots in the crowd.






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