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Jesse Ventura Dispels Rumors about 2020 Green Party Presidential Bid

Erroneous reports yesterday suggested former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura had filed an intent to run for President as a member of the Green Party.  Ventura has taken to Twitter to dispel the rumors:

Throughout my life, “journalists” have written salacious click bait articles about me & now I see misleading tweets in hopes that I comment directly to them to correct their errors so they get a bump in their feed. Not playing that game. Earn your paycheck. Verify something. Anything. Let’s start with: No, I haven’t filed to run for office. Do some fact checking before you state that I’m taking someone on. It’s called ENDORSING a political party. READ the tweets. They’re self explanatory. VOTE GREEN.

Earlier in the day, Ventura, a former professional wrestler and Navy SEAL, announced his support for the Green Party, tweeting:

I keep getting asked who I’m voting for, if I’m going to endorse anyone, if I’m going to run. Let me be clear: I have ZERO confidence in Democrats and Republicans. I refuse to vote for “the lesser of two evils” because in the end, that’s still choosing evil. That doesn’t mean I won’t be voting. If you want to know my “down ballot” it’s the Green Party. I’m voting Green all the way and if you’re looking to me for guidance, then do some research. Look into who is running GREEN in your state and VOTE THEM IN. You want change? VOTE. That’s the only way to get the pencil pushers, the chicken hawks, the draft dodgers with so called “bone spurs” OUT OF WASHINGTON in 2020.

Elaborating, Ventura says the Green Party aligns with his views more than other parties and that it has “earned his vote.”  He also expresses concerns about climate change.

Ventura, who was elected governor as a member of the Minnesota affiliate of the Reform Party in 1998 and encouraged Donald Trump’s 2000 run for the Reform Party presidential nomination, holds a general disdain for political parties overall:

I’d rather we have no political parties at all, run on what you stand for as an individual. That’s my pie in the sky scenario. In the meantime? What I’ve seen from Green candidates as individuals, what I’ve seen from this party in general is worth my vote

The Green Party has held multiple presidential primaries with delegates bound to the winners.  Thus far, union leader and longtime Green activist and party co-founder Howie Hawkins leads all candidates with 71 of the 202 delegates required for the nomination. Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter trails with 27 delegates.

The party plans to nominate a ticket at its 2020 national convention July 9–12 in Detroit.


  1. paulie paulie July 3, 2020


    ” Trump blew,”

    And Ventura would blow too.

  2. Lexi Lexi July 3, 2020

    I voted for Jesse, while living in MN for over 20″ yrs., Now living in Iowa. I am down for Jesse. We don’t hear a lot about him. Give Us “The People more”. The People need a stand up real person. I would Never want the job, We need a non-bullshitter, Get to the point. Remembering a lot of your brilliant words, “Working for politics is worse than working for WWE. I am one in my mid-50’s, no job, 1 child, 22, works goes to school to be a Nurse. Living on my pension , soon, that will depleat. The gate opened, Revolation, The 1st Trump blew, name known across the world, as Christ was known. We need a Dark Horse like U, to come out with all Ur Honesty, Pride, & knowledge to let all Americans know. “TRUTH”. I Believe in U…U got this….Please, for the people.

  3. paulie paulie May 1, 2020

    He seems more likely to run now, but even if he does I don’t think he will end up with the nomination. And it may still just be posturing.

  4. Thomas Leavitt Thomas Leavitt April 27, 2020

    According to Michael O’Neil, a Green Party official, in a vlog interview / discussion I saw, a third party claiming to represent Ventura filed a “letter of interest”, basically meaning that they claimed he was “exploring” a run for the nomination. Note Ventura’s language here: “No, I haven’t filed to run for office.” There’s some wriggle room there. That said, I heard this rumor months ago, and the lack of action since makes me highly skeptical anything will happen. I agree with Fernando: “WAIT until Jesse says with 100% certainty he is running”.

    All that said, this’d make me even more inclined to vote Peace and Freedom (an option here in CA) in the fall than I am now, though I’m willing to reserve my opinion to a degree. If I’m going to cast a symbolic vote of protest, I might as well go all in on how radical it is… there’s a bit of a contrast between Gloria La Riva and Leonard Peltier than all the other candidates I’ve heard about.

  5. William Saturn William Saturn Post author | April 23, 2020

    Maybe he’s positioning himself to be the VP nominee and run for president in 2024.

  6. Bondurant Bondurant April 23, 2020

    We deserve a candidate with a skullet.

  7. paulie paulie April 23, 2020

    Cynthia McKinney pushed them too. Although she (last I heard) is now saying she is a Libertarian, which Ventura I think did at one point also.

  8. NewFederalist NewFederalist April 23, 2020

    I don’t understand why Jesse is now a Green. All the really far out conspiracy theories he has pushed for years don’t seem to me to be in keeping with the Greens. Am I missing something?

  9. Fernando Mercado Fernando Mercado April 23, 2020

    I’ve always told people to WAIT until Jesse says with 100% certainty he is running. Otherwise dismiss it.

    I know some people who are really deadset on Ventura running as a Green but at this point he really has passed that point

  10. SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly April 23, 2020

    One person, AFAIK, Primo Nutmeg, I mean Primo Nutbar, is responsible for these rumors, and on Twitter, had refused to apologize, even though he’s retweeted Ventura tweets from both before and after the “click bait” tweet. Unfortunately, as of this morning, the rumor is still spreading. Kenneth Mejia retweeted it.

    Receipts here:

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