Former pro wrestler and politician Jesse Ventura has every right to spew his crackpot conspiracy theories and badmouth the greatest country in the world if he wants to. Just NOT at the wake of a fallen Navy SEAL who died helping to give him the right to do that. I always knew Ventura was a little out there, but I mean, dude, what were you thinking? A wake. A Navy SEAL's wake. A Navy SEAL's wake where there are lots of military people and supporters. Military people who clearly love America, otherwise they or their children would not put their lives at risk going to war for it. Are you even human, man?
There's a story going around today that a group of mourners for a Navy SEAL were at a bar a number of years ago and Ventura was there. Supposedly he was talking his usual smack about Bush (still president at the time), the Iraq War, and America. His behavior was so inappropriate and wrong that another SEAL attending the wake, Chris Kyle, walked up to Ventura and told him to shut his hole. It's bad enough that Ventura was basically spitting on the family with his unpatriotic diatriabe (why was he even invited?), but what Kyle said Ventura said to him next is stunning.
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He apparently told Kyle: "You [the Navy SEALS] deserve to lose a few guys."
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Who says this kind of thing, who? I've disagreed with most of the stupid stuff that has come out of Ventura's mouth (saying he will never stand for the national anthem again, etc. ...), but if any of this is true, it really crosses the line. If he wasn't already living in Mexico, I'd say we kick him out for good. The only uplifting thing about this story is what Kyle says happened next. Kyle, a sniper with 150 official kills under his belt and author of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, went and knocked Ventura's lights out. And then he ran, because that was probably the smartest thing he could do.
Knowing Ventura (who denies the incident ever took place) and considering the unusual details, it would not surprise me at all if this is true. And it's no surprise we're only hearing about it now, as part of Kyle's promotional book tour. Can't imagine that The Body would have wanted to spread around that he got his ass kicked by another SEAL who's obviously stronger and tougher than he is.
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It's a good thing Ventura hates us and our country so much that he's no longer here. Let him stay in Mexico if this is how he really feels.
I hate violence but Ventura got what he deserved that day. Do you agree or disagree?
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