‘I will never stand for national anthem again,’ says angry Jesse Ventura after TSA suit dismissal

“I will never stand for a national anthem again.”

Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura

So said a worked-up Jesse Ventura at a press conference today, berating the court system as “cowards” fors dismissing his lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration’s use of what he considers overly intrusive airport security procedures.

The former Minnesota governor said: “I will turn my back and raise a fist the same way Tommy Smith and John Carlos did in the ’68 Olympics, Jesse Ventura will do that today.”

MPR’s Tom Scheck has a full report and audio here.

Among his other statements, Ventura said:

• He’s lost his patriotism and now regards the nation as “the Fascist States of America.”

• He plans to apply for dual citizenship with Mexico.

• Said in response to questions about possibly running for president that he’s “thinking about it. That’s all though.”

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 11/04/2011 - 03:25 pm.

    Although, I remain committed to the IP Party of MN. Jesse needs to go away, please move to Mexico and do us a favor. Looking back on my first ever voting opportunity, I regret helping him win the nomination.

  2. Submitted by Allison Sandve on 11/04/2011 - 05:58 pm.

    It’s all about him.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 11/04/2011 - 10:49 pm.

    Yeah, that’s what we LOVE about Jesse. Whenever he doesn’t get his way, he acts like a spoiled child in need of a nap.

    I guess some people never will grow up.

  4. Submitted by Arthur Swenson on 11/05/2011 - 08:16 am.

    Jesse isn’t all wrong in this case.

    If the U,S. District Court doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear a law-suit against the Dept. of Homeland Security, Who does?

    If the answer is “No one”, then we are truly well down the road toward domination by Orwell’s Big Brother.

  5. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/07/2011 - 06:22 am.

    TSA should be disbanded and air travel security returned to the airlines. We’ve pretended this charade is necessary long enough.

  6. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 11/07/2011 - 11:52 am.

    Every year KFAN has a contest for “Most Preposterous Statement”. Congrats to Dennis #5. While we’re at it, let’s turn over water quality monitoring to 3M, sexual harrassment authority to the Penn State Athletic Dept., etc.. Yeeesch!

  7. Submitted by Seth Rowe on 11/07/2011 - 07:58 pm.

    Apparently, Congress specifically wrote legislation delegating litigation directly to the Court of Appeals rather than a district court.* So, someone has jurisdiction, though it seems unusual and I have to wonder what precedent there is for this, given the country’s separation of powers doctrine. The judge apparently believes adequate precedent exists, though. In any case, one wonders why Ventura didn’t/doesn’t just file his lawsuit in the appellate court? It appears the district judge didn’t dismiss the lawsuit based on the merits but rather based on a question of jurisdiction.

    * http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_19259087

  8. Submitted by J'M S on 12/01/2011 - 02:01 pm.

    I am so proud of Jesse. He is one of the few among the mighty who actually “gets” it – – knows what it’s like for those of us marginalized and forced to live without power and considered/treated like the mundane out here.
    Go Jesse!

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