Outspoken former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura excoriated President Donald Trump over the weekend for disregarding campaign promises to be a ‘man of the people’ — and that he “is following in the footsteps of every president that came before him: he thinks the Government knows what is best for us.”

Ventura, whose history as a WWE professional wrestler and brash style has been loosely compared to Trump’s, slammed the president as a carbon copy leader of each preceding administration — particularly in regard to draconian cannabis legislation and the prison-industrial complex — in a post to Facebook.

“I thought Donald Trump ran his campaign as ‘a man of the people.’ Someone who vowed to end the corporate takeover of our government, someone who vowed to bring jobs back,” Ventura asserted. “Even thinking about reversing state law and making legalized recreational marijuana illegal is going against the people’s will. This is going against job creation and a reliable part of a state’s economy. The citizens of these states VOTED to make recreational marijuana legal. It wasn’t the politicians, it was WE THE PEOPLE. Obviously President Trump is following in the footsteps of every president that came before him: he thinks the Government knows what is best for us.”

Since Inauguration Day, critics have blasted Trump for not only failing to drain the swamp as promised but for actively padding top positions with the same Big Bank financiers and industry insiders the American public was told would be booted from Washington.


Denouncing the former reality game show host turned president might not be news in itself, but the style similarities in the seemingly far-flung political ambitions of Trump and Ventura — including popular support as outsiders to the establishment — put the two unlikely politicians on a plane not shared by the Washington career set.

But the former wrestler, whose meteoric rise to the Minnesota governor’s mansion — following a four-year stint as mayor of Brooklyn Park — took the state by storm, kept the best interests of his constituents at heart.

While keeping hard-working citizens out of prison and able to work should seemingly be a priority for any person in power, Ventura lambasted Trump’s failure to dismantle the nefariously cordial relationship between for-profit prisons and the criminalization of drugs for keeping cages full of nonviolent offenders.

Almost pleading with followers to heed warning signs the drug war-based system still functions as legal and financial quicksand for all unfortunate enough to be ensnared, Ventura exposed the true impetus for keeping substances like cannabis highly illegal — and why Trump’s failure to follow voters’ opinions is evidence his administration will be more of the same industry-loyal policy-as-usual.

“He’s been president for a little over a month,” Ventura continued, “and he’s already forgotten that ‘We the People’ are the Government! AND he’s planning on reinstating private prisons? Let’s connect the dots: Private prisons need to be 80 – 90% full to be profitable. If they aren’t, then states pay a fine. Non-violent drug offenders make it possible for private prisons to be full.”

Rather than take cues from legalization and decriminalization of cannabis in a quickly amassing cadre of states, White House press secretary Sean Spicer stumbled awkwardly through an ostensible explanation on the moral differences between medical and recreational weed, as the media grappled with an announced plan to crackdown using marijuana’s official federal illegality.

“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of [recreational marijuana],” Spicer said in a daily press briefing. “There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. I think when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people.

“The states where [medical marijuana] is allowed, in accordance with the appropriations rider, have set forth a process to administer and regulate that usage, versus recreational marijuana. That’s a very, very different subject.”

Of course, Spicer’s odd choice to illustrate the (nonexistent) dangers of recreational cannabis by summoning the national opioid epidemic wholly dismisses a number of studies and anecdotal tales showing the plant — and other Schedule 1 substances, such as psychedelics — can actually move addicts away from the actual, dangerous painkillers.

Ventura surmised the president’s fealty to the prison industry means Americans would be deprived of the few cannabis freedoms won through decades of work to dispel anti-pot propaganda woven into public thought by deft politicians connected to the cagey alcohol industry.

Like it or not, Trump has not and will not live up to popular appeals made on the campaign trail — nor would have any of the other candidates, necessarily. Ventura’s post implores everyone to consider Trump the same as almost any ruler, and as such, to expect the profitable business of caging people for ingesting a plant to experience a boom.

“Reverse legalized recreational marijuana, and private prisons will remain full,” Ventura concluded of coming legislation. “That’s his plan, people.”

Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.
  • Mary Brumley

    Ah, poor Jesse is just mad at President Trump because he didn’t want him for Vice President.

  • Mary Brumley

    You are expecting too much too soon! Plus, you surely have noticed the inexcusable opposition he has encountered.
    President Trump is not a miracle maker! But he is determined and will show good results.
    And we must remember that he is POTUS for all legal Americans. He will need to compromise (as we all must do in some situations), and we personally might not agree with those compromises!
    So, please consider giving our President some time!

  • Mary Brumley

    Your comments (though I don’t necessarily agree with your opinions) are a breath of fresh air on this site.

    Informed! That is laudatory.

  • Barack O’sbrain

    Said a guy with a murderer in his picture!

    • 174thandvyse

      That very good-looking man is not a murderer yet, but if you don’t stop running your mouth…oh, and by the way, is that a picture of your mother on your post?

  • 174thandvyse

    Since when is your stinkhole mother a juvenile? I mean, she is the only POS that I bumped (anally)!!!
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pierre von Sanchez-Wong

      Mom said you couldn’t get “the nub” up so you called for a strap-on to take your place.
      After she used the strap-on for herself, she said you took it very deep in your wazoo ans purred the whole time she filled you.

  • 174thandvyse

    If I’m “gutless”, punk, then why don’t you “hook me up”?

    • Pierre von Sanchez-Wong

      Would you like that?

      • 174thandvyse

        It’s not a thing of what I like, or don’t like. You called me “gutless”, so if you say it to my face, then I would have no choice but to “educate” you! And, as we all know, “education” can sometimes be painful.

  • 174thandvyse

    A little friendly advice: Don’t meet me, because if you do, you’ll be on your knees, picking up your rotten teeth, fool.

    • Pierre von Sanchez-Wong

      Said the gutless New Yawk Doll.

  • Pierre von Sanchez-Wong

    Dream bug, lil’ runt.

  • Pierre von Sanchez-Wong

    South Bronx? Is that where your psych ward is?
    Your internet braying is tiresome.

  • WeAreYourGods

    Interesting how the GOPers want to eliminate the EPA, Dept. of Education, etc but they would never think about getting rid of the DEA.. Probably because the agencies aligned with corporate profits will always serve as handmaidens to corporate power. Well, they pretty much all do anyway.

  • WeAreYourGods

    What a fantasy. Bill Clinton passed the Rockefeller drug laws and created the private prison industry, Obama did nothing to stop it for 8 years, just talked like he would. Feds didn’t legalize anything, it was all done at the state level.

    • Jas

      Guess your sarc meter was off.

      • WeAreYourGods

        Hmm. I see what you did there. Well played.

  • WeAreYourGods

    No point in comparing a warmonger power hungry neoliberal to a narcissistic stooge with no principles. Either way, you lose. Hillary would have started WW3 on her first day in office. Trump still might, because he’s got no spine of his own. Sanders was the answer but the establishment won by rigging the game, as always.


    Science has revealed with the discovery of our endocannabinoid system that Cannabis (T.H.C.) is actually one of our major nutrients like vitamin C, D or A. T.H.C. is already produced in normal and healthy people. Many others of us need additional amounts of this nutrient other than what our body already naturally produces..(smoking not recommended).Unless I maintain a saturation level (quite high) the effects are (while) very good are still only marginal. This is to be expected because I am a severely and emotionally disturbed full manic schizophrenic at the far end of the scale.This treatment has proven successful. Normally we get a sufficient amount through our food supply Unfortunately the incompetent idiots at the F.D.A. and D.E.A. are continually trying to remove or destroy it..

    Anyone who does not know the difference between a harmless, beneficial and healthful plant like marijuana and a dangerous and deadly chemical concoction like meth does not belong in any position of responsibility. Especially in law enforcement or political office. Others in the public should likewise be confined to a padded child’s playroom with toys and safe items so they won’t be allowed to harm themselves.

    Americans are sick of the drug war and the obvious idiots who wage it and the profiteers who exploit it solely for greed’s sake. The oil and paper corporations spent billions to ban it from the market. It represents a non-polluting source of plastics and oil applications and hemp a far superior form of cloth and paper would do very much to halt deforestation and destruction to our planet. Also the billions Big Pharma pays to profiteer