After “testing the waters” and announcing his official membership in the Green Party just a couple days ago, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has decided not to run for president in 2020, Bill Cimbrelo of the Green Party reports. Ventura did not provide a reason for his decision.
This news comes off of Green Party frontrunner Howie Hawkins’ victories in the Pennsylvania and Arkansas primaries, pushing his total delegates to 101.5; more than half of the required 202 necessary to secure the Green presidential nomination.
Former Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter, who currently stands second to Hawkins in delegates with 35.5, responded earlier today to a critic who said he and Hawkins should step aside to allow the “once in a generation” candidate Ventura to have the nomination. Hunter tweeted:
People have been expecting me to step aside for old white men my entire life. Hell naw. Once in a generation opportunity? Old white men been winning since always. G-d forbid they should have to put up with a little democracy, huh? Get out of here with that ‘ish. #EndPrivilege
Ventura’s decision, which follows similar decisions he made against running after expressing interest in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016; prompted Twitter user Howlin’ Fantods to retweet comedian James Adomian recalling a FunnyOrDie.com skit lampooning Ventura in 2014 as Jesse “The Maybe” Ventura, a play on his wrestling nickname “The Body”:
Jesse “The Maybe” Ventura announces he MIGHT be running for president …
(We did this video in 2014, and now it is simply the news?) pic.twitter.com/ei6hCKPKKn
— James Adomian (@JAdomian) May 3, 2020