Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura had some choice words for the GOP frontrunner Donald Trump Tuesday, warning that he cannot expect to rule over the American people like he does his business employees.
Having expressed support for Trump’s no nonsense approach to campaigning, and even throwing his name in the ring for VP, Ventura displayed more caution in a CNN interview, and reminding Trump that being President is not akin to being the CEO of a corporation.
“He’s not the benevolent dictator, not like you are when you’re head of a corporation,” Ventura said, noting that as President Trump would not get away with throwing his power around like a boss.
“He has to understand that government is a system of checks and balances, and people have to work together and compromises have to happen.”
Ventura noted that he finds Trump appealing because he is able to fund his own campaign, rather than being beholden to lobbyists and big business.
Anchor Don Lemon referenced comments Ventura has made in the past, suggesting that political representatives should be forced to wear the names of those who have bankrolled them, like NASCAR racing drivers’ suits.
Ventura clarified that the idea was purely an analogy, but that it is still a valid point.
In separate comments made on his own show ‘Off The Grid’, Ventura criticized Trump, and US immigration policy in general, for advocating building a wall on the US Mexico border.
“We stand for freedom, and yet we want to put up a wall that makes the United States look like a prison? Walls are a two-way street. Not only will they keep people out, but they will also keep you in.” Ventura stated.
The former Navy Seal urged that he does not want to live “with walls around my country… like I live inside East Berlin.”
“I’ll tell you what’s weird about all this. When I drive into Mexico, I’m welcome. Nobody there questions why I’m there, in fact they welcome me for coming down there,” Ventura said. “Yet when I turn around and come back to my own home country, the United States, it usually takes me two-to-three hours of unconditional questioning.”
“Something is sorely wrong with that.” Ventura noted, also reasoning that the 9/11 terrorists got into the US via the Northern border, according to the government account of events.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.