Former Governor demands retraction from Fox News
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, January 9, 2012
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura tells the Alex Jones Show that the hoax story about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle punching him in a bar, an incident which never happened, may be part of an establishment backlash against Ventura for supporting presidential candidate Ron Paul.
The controversy began last week when US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle appeared on numerous television shows, primarily to brag about how many Iraqis he had killed as a sniper and to promote his new book.
Kyle claims that he met Ventura in a bar in Coronado in 2006 while Ventura was in town to speak to a new class of SEAL graduates at nearby Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Also present were family members holding a wake for Michael Mansoor, one of the first SEALs killed in Iraq. Kyle claims Ventura began loudly objecting to the war in Iraq before calling the troops “murderers” and saying “we deserved to lose a few guys”.
Kyle then claims he punched Ventura, knocked him to the floor, and quickly fled the scene.
Ventura explained that if the story happened as Kyle described it then, “he’s confessing to the crime of assault.”
“I want to to clear his name because he’s confessing to assaulting me, and it didn’t happen,” Ventura told the Alex Jones Show, adding “I can unequivocally tell you I’ve never been punched in Coronado, California.”
Ventura explained that the owner of the bar in question, McP’s Irish Pub & Grill, was a close friend of his and that anyone was free to call him up and confirm that the alleged incident never took place.
“If a former Governor within the SEAL community had been knocked down and hit and assaulted, it would have traveled through the SEAL community like wildfire,” said Ventura, pointing out how “absurd” it was for the incident only to come to light almost six years later.
Ventura also emphasized how, “you’re never at McP’s alone, you’re there with your team mates, your classmates….there’ll be at least five or six guys with you, I would sure like to hear of a witness that saw this event because it never happened.”
“He never hit me, I don’t even know who he is,” said Ventura, adding that if the incident had occurred the way Kyle described, there would be a police report, which there isn’t.
Ventura said that he had only ever been treated with honor and dignity at every SEAl community event he had attended, adding, “I don’t know why this young gentleman wants to plead that he committed a crime against me, but I can unequivocally plead for his innocence because the event never happened.”
Ventura stressed that although he has never supported the war in Iraq, he has “all the sympathy in the world for the soldiers having been one,” labeling it a “direct insult” by Kyle to question his patriotism and claim that he would verbally attack family members of a slain soldier at a wake.
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“For someone to state that I would take joy and pleasure in especially one of my SEAL team mates would die, that I would enjoy that, is despicable, it’s wrong, and this never happened,” said Ventura.
The way in which the establishment media instantly seized upon the bogus story and gave Kyle all the air time he wanted to spread it illustrates how Ventura has made many enemies through his aggressive stance against the system, particularly in the form of his lawsuit against the TSA.
“This is two times now within about a two week period where the mainstream media has ran with something that was completely untrue,” said Ventura, referring to a previous false claim about how he had been caught tailgating in California, when he hasn’t even visited California for six months.
Ventura speculated that the smear campaign against him was launched because, “I am rattling my sword about the elections, maybe because I support Ron Paul…who they say he’s fringe because he stands for peace, maybe because I support peace and not war because in this country now that makes you a target for people that do support war.”
Ventura also noted that the story broke just as he traveled back to the remote Baja region of Mexico and was unable to swiftly issue a rebuttal.
“How timely – obviously I must be under some type of surveillance for people to know exactly when I would cross the border and have no means to communicate or fight for myself,” he said.
With Fox News reporting the bogus story under the headline ‘Navy SEAL Sniper Punched Out Jesse Ventura‘, the former Governor called for a retraction and is now taking the necessary steps to defend himself.
“You can bet that I will seek a full retraction of this and I will tell you…I demand a retraction because what this person is saying is unequivocally untrue,” stated Ventura.
Watch the full interview below.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infiowars Nightly News.