Jesse Ventura to Sean Hannity: “You like me because I tell you the truth”

May 18, 2009

Sean Hannity: He shocked the nation back in 1998 when he stormed onto the political scene and won Minnesota’s race. Now former Minnesota governor, pro wrestler and Navy SEAL, Jesse “The Body” Ventura is considering perhaps another political comeback? His book, “Don’t start the revolution without me” describes his outrage at the state of affairs in the U.S. It is now out in paperback.

Good to see you.

Jesse Ventura: Good to see you, Sean, always.

Sean Hannity: I’ll tell you, he has been yelling at me ever since he walked into the green room today.

Jesse Ventura: I don’t yell at anyone. I speak to people. It’s your reputation that precedes you.

Sean Hannity: You were just right on me. Well, you said you didn’t think you would like me until you met me. Didn’t you say that to me?

Jesse Ventura: Yeah.

Sean Hannity: What didn’t you like about me?

Jesse Ventura: I don’t always care for how you operate and the bullying of guests and things like that.

Sean Hannity: I don’t bully, oh stop. I couldn’t bully you for a million. I couldn’t bully you. You’d slap me down so hard.

Jesse Ventura: You can bully other people. You do it to other people and I get irritated when I see that at home.

Sean Hannity: You say you have been out surfing the past 6 months. Have you really been in Mexico surfing for six months?

Jesse Ventura: No. Unfortunately only for three months because my brother in law was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease on October 2nd and he passed on January 14th. So I didn’t get to Mexico till the end of January because he was my wife’s younger brother and she stayed home and took care of him until his passing. It’s a horrible disease, it’s an awful disease.
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Jesse Ventura: Waterboarding is Torture

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: I know your mind is pretty made up about waterboarding, correct? You were waterboarded as part of your Navy Seal training, correct?

Jesse Ventura: Well, it wasn’t part of the Navy seal training, it was part of what they call SERE school: Survival, Escape, Resistance, Evasion. It’s a school they required you to go to prior to the combat zone of Vietnam. And yes, we were all water boardedthere, and yes it is torture.

What do you think about Nancy Pelosi in terms of what she has been claiming about the CIA lying to the Congress?

Jesse Ventura: I think what’s worst is this: the fact that it happened. If we hadn’t waterboarded to begin with, none of this would be a controversy, would it? Torture is torture. If you’re going to be a country that follows the rule of law, which we are, torture is illegal.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: But these were specifically approved techniques with KSM, okay?
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Jesse Ventura on Larry King Live


Larry King: Joining us now, Jesse Ventura, former wrestler, former governor of Minnesota, former Navy SEAL, the author of “Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me.” That book is now out in paperback. Welcome to have you back, Jesse. Now, you see the cover of the book. How is Obama doing?

Jesse Ventura: Too early to tell, Larry. Really, and you know, in my opinion, George Bush is the worst president in my lifetime […], so Barack Obama, President Obama inherited something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. You know, two wars and an economy that’s borderline depression, so it’s far too early to judge him in 100 days in. I think if you have me back about two years from now, I can give you a much better idea of how he is doing.

Larry King: He poked fun at himself at the White House correspondents there at Saturday night. Let’s watch.

Barack Obama: Finally, I believe that my next 100 days will be so successful I will be able to complete them in 72 days.


Barack Obama: And on the 73rd day, I will rest.


Larry King: He’s very likeable.

Jesse Ventura: Oh yeah. He’s very intelligent, which is a change from our previous president.

Larry King: All right already with Bush, okay?

Jesse Ventura: No, no, no. I live in Mexico now, Larry, so I do a lot of reading. I don’t watch much TV and in this year’s reading, I covered Bush’s life. I covered Guantanamo and a few other subjects and I’m very disturbed about it. I’m bothered over Guantanamo because it seems we’ve created our own Hanoi Hilton.

Larry King: Yeah.

Jesse Ventura: And if we can live with that, I have a problem. I would criticize President Obama on this level. It’s a good thing I’m not president because I would prosecute every person that was involved in that torture. I would prosecute the people that did it. I would prosecute the people that ordered it because torture is against the law.

Larry King: You’re a Navy SEAL.

Jesse Ventura: That’s right and I was waterboarded, so I know – at SERE school, Survival Escape Resistance Evasion, it was a required school you had to go to prior to going into the combat zone, which in my era was Vietnam. All of us had to go there. We were all, in essence, every one of us was waterboarded. It is torture.

Larry King: Well, what was it like?

Jesse Ventura: It’s drowning. It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning and it’s no good because you… I’ll put it to you this way. You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.

Larry King: (LAUGHS). Even though you know it’s not going to happen. Even though before it, you know you’re not going to drown. Continue reading