Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014 05:25 PM EST
“These pseudo-religious people who I find laughable”: Jesse Ventura talks Republicans, Nazis and running for president
Former WWE wrestler and Minnesota governor tells Salon about the next war — and his stealth plan to win in ’16
For former WWE star and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, the year 2014 has been busy indeed. In the 10 months or so since he last spoke with Salon, the political iconoclast and host of Ora.TV’s “Off the Grid” has not only spent time dodging drones south of the border but has also found himself locked in a legal struggle with the estate of Chris “American Sniper” Kyle, which he ultimately won but which forced him to jump back 0n-grid for a time and live again in the United States. Now that that’s all finished with, however, Ventura is eager to head back to his second home in an “undisclosed location” in Mexico.
Recently, Salon called Ventura to talk about current events ranging from the Keystone XL pipeline to NSA reform to the war on ISIS to his views on water fluoridation. We also discussed Ventura’s thoughts about running for president in 2016, a door he’s kept wide open. Our conversation is below and has been edited for clarity and length.
Are you looking forward to getting back outside the U.S. again?
Oh, I can’t wait. Number one, the weather! I don’t like winter; never have, never will … Plus, I like going off the grid because I call it flushing my brain out. When I live down there [in Mexico] I have no television set, the only access to the world I have is the Internet, no telephone or anything like that.
So you were in the U.S. this summer when the media started getting crazy with Ebola and ISIS. I don’t know if you felt the same way, but I remember feeling like there was a lot of hysteria being promoted around that time.
Our mainstream media amplifies a lot of things now. I remember when I was doing my “Off the Grid” show and Ebola had claimed only one life in the United States at that time — I think it’s up to two now, but at the time, it was just the original gentleman who came to Texas — and, right away, my knee-jerk reactions was, “Gee, how many people last month died of drunk driving?” I tried to tell people that you have a much bigger chance, driving home today, of being killed by a drunk driver than you ever do of getting Ebola and dying from it.