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Jesse Ventura Officially Joins Green Party, Spurring 2020 Talk

Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura officially joined the Green Party yesterday after publicly endorsing the party on Twitter a couple weeks ago.  The move seems to improve the odds that Ventura will seek the Green Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.  Last week, Ventura said he was “testing the waters” for a presidential run.

Twitter user Neil Jones posted an image of Ventura sitting on a park bench signing paperwork as Green Party of Minnesota chairman Trahern Crews, wearing a face mask, looked on.  With the tweet, Jones used the hashtags #Ventura2020 and #VforVentura.  Ventura then retweeted Jones.  The Green Party of Minnesota posted more photos from the scene on their official Facebook profile.

In recent days, Ventura has made statements consistent with the Green Party and has retweeted Green Party candidates such as US Senate candidate Lisa Savage as well as 2012 and 2016 presidential nominee Jill Stein.  This marks a shift from Ventura’s time as governor when he belonged to the centrist Minnesota Independence Party, the affiliate of the Reform Party.

Of Ventura’s potential opponents, according to Wikipedia, union leader and Green Party co-founder Howie Hawkins currently has 88.5 of the 202 delegates needed to secure the presidential nomination.  Former Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter is in second place with 34.5.  It is not known what impact Ventura will have on the delegate count if he enters the race.

The party plans to hold its national convention online July 9 through 12.


  1. SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly May 3, 2020

    Jesse is very much Just.Another.Politician.™

    His flip-flop from Johnson to Stein in 2016 AFTER publicly saying he would vote for Johnson AND interviewing Johnson on election night on his show and not mentioning that — and all of that AFTER giving Trump a two hour campaign strategy meeting earlier in 2016, all illustrated this.

    Beyond that, he’s a multi-counterfactual conspiracy theorist. I don’t trust him as far as I can throw Trump, and if he DID enter the GP race AND somehow got nominated, I wouldn’t vote for him.

  2. Fernando Mercado Fernando Mercado May 3, 2020

    Just announce already. I’m sick of the will they won’t they talk

  3. William Saturn William Saturn Post author | May 3, 2020

    Conspiracy theorists may point to Ventura’s longstanding friendship with Trump and Ventura’s association with RT.

  4. paulie paulie May 3, 2020

    Those conspiracy theorists would be showing uncharacteristic skepticism of the alleged conspirators’ competence. Ventura would be getting in the Green nomination race way too late and seems unlikely to overcome Hawkins’ existing lead in delegates. If Putin, Trump and associated conspirators with a whole lot of resources wanted Ventura to be the Green nominee so as to help Trump in the general election they should have started their efforts much sooner. I’m not personally averse to considering the possibility they might be that incompetent, but them I’m not as conspiratorially minded. I think it’s more likely to be impulsive action by Mr. Ventura himself than part of any grand conspiracy.

  5. Steven Berson Steven Berson May 3, 2020

    Seems to me Howie Hawkins has secured enough delegates in the primaries that have taken place already, that will be bound to him on the Convention’s first ballot, that there is no path to a nomination for Ventura, unless he was able to win all the remaining Green primaries, caucuses and State conventions that will assign the remaining delegates. And I think Ventura could in fact come third (to Hawkins and Dario Hunter) with the remaining GP primary voters – I think they take prior commitment to the Green Party more seriously than the Libertarian Party ever seems to do as far as their post-Nader top of the ticket nominations.

  6. paulie paulie May 3, 2020

    Agreed with Steven.

  7. Jared Jared May 3, 2020

    Ventura is difficult to place. Unless his views have changed significantly in recent years, he’s too Green for the Libertarians and too Libertarian for the Greens, center-left with an Alex Jones streak.

    GP leadership has been giddy over Howie Hawkins since he declared. Can today’s Greens even tolerate a presidential candidate who isn’t fully sold on democratic (eco)socialism?

  8. Phil Penner Phil Penner May 3, 2020

    I question why there isn’t more speculation of the potential to pull together both sides of the independent spectrum by bringing the Bernie Bros into play along with the midwest heartland Indies, this energy would likely set off the spark that Bernie’s campaign has had and could very well quickly ignite into a movement that dumps all over Trump.


    GO JESSE!!!!

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