The United States is less than one week removed from the midterm elections and many are still trying to put the pieces together. A night of victory for Republicans resulted in misery for Democrats, but the voters were the ones left with more of the same. Former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura has decided there’s only one group of people to blame.
After another historic midterm election, Republicans gained enough seats to win the majority in the Senate, add to their lead in the House, and walk out as winners in multiple races for governor. Democrats were left scratching their heads, wondering how an electorate that supported them just two years ago, could abandon them now. This topic was discussed on the November 7 edition of “Off the Grid” on Ora.TV.
Host of “Off the Grid,” Gov. Jesse Ventura was asked by his executive producer, Alex Logan, what his explanation was for the Republicans winning big in the midterms. “You people out there are now gonna deserve what you get,” Ventura started out. “Lets go back now, 10 years, when you had a Republican President, Republican Senate, Republican House, and our country was in shambles,” the former governor pointed out while shaking his head.
“The economy was in the toilet, unemployment was double digits! We were involved in two wars which we were paying for by adding it on the national debt so it wouldn’t come out of any taxes. We just charged the wars and we are up to $17 trillion now. Now this country wants to go back to putting them in charge again?”
Ventura, looking perplexed, couldn’t quite put his finger on how the American people would elect Republicans across the board. “The country is far better off today than it was 10 years ago when Barack Obama came in. And this is an independent telling you that,” he said. Ventura, who ran for governor and won as an independent in 1998, urged voters not to be sucked in to the “two party dictatorship” and vote for other candidates. Often labeling the two major parties the “Democrips” and “Rebloodlicans,” Ventura pointed to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senator Angus King of Maine as two examples of independents who have won on a major stage.
When asked about the lack of voter turn out, Ventura put the blame on the over half of the electorate who decided to stay at home instead of casting their vote. “If you don’t vote, in my opinion, you have no right to voice your opinion here,” Ventura stated, before warning the country, “Well, United States of America, voting like that, you deserve what you get. So enjoy it now and don’t bitch.” Ventura quoted the old saying, “If you don’t vote, don’t bitch.”
Jesse Ventura is the former mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and later became the governor of the state. Ventura has flirted with a run for president in 2016, most recently naming former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as his possible running mate.