Jesse Ventura joins kick-off of Occupy MN [VIDEO]

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Never fear, Ventura is here.
The occupation of the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza has begun and one of the first people on the scene was former Governor Jesse Ventura.

Amid the earliest few dozen occupiers setting up their tables and camps, Ventura held court amid a gaggle of media and fans to make a brief statement about why he's decided to join Occupy MN, and stir up a little trouble.

"I had to put a political face on this movement," he told Occupy MN organizers.

Like similar demonstrations in Chicago and Seattle, Occupy MN is a solidarity campaign with Occupy Wall Street, the massive street protest going on in New York City. The original posting to the Occupy MN website praises the New York protesters for "demonstrating against corporate greed and the injustices that we face as the 99%," referring to the 99 percent of people they claim are ruled by the other 1 percent.

Protestors are already converging now to set up and at 5 p.m. there will be an official kick-off rally. At 7 p.m. the first meeting of the Occupy MN general assembly will take place. Occupiers say they will stay in the plaza until the demands of Occupy Wall Street are met, which could be as short as a few days or as long as several weeks.

Ventura announced yesterday on his official Facebook page that he would be making an appearance at the plaza. He did not disappoint, arriving in a baseball cap and windbreaker, silver mullet blowing majestically in the wind. He said he heard about the event from his son and decided he had to come down.

"This is a movement that I think needs to happen," he boomed to event organizers. "It's a movement that can't be highjacked by the Democratic or the Republican party, which will happen. They will try to."

He went on to offer his services as the new face of Occupy MN, saying he's the only politician who didn't take PAC or corporate money during his successful 1998 gubernatorial campaign.

"We have a system of Democrats and Republicans who have sold out to bribery," he said.

Always the conspiracy theorist, as he walked away he tried to shoo Occupy MN people away from someone he kept describing as a media "plant," to disrupt the day's events. Unclear what he meant by that.

Watch Ventura's entire early statement below:

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R.
R.

This movement was started by democrats and to think otherwise is foolish.  People should pull their heads out of the sand and learn how to improve their lives instead of complaining about other people finding ways to succeed. 

Leslie
Leslie

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Guest
Guest

I'm glad to see Jessie there. He brings attention where ever he goes and I see no reason to think he is doing this for himself. He does come with an over developed sense of importance but I see no down side  to him being out there. He was also a pretty decent Governor and without him the Minneapolis light rail would have never happened.

DPET15312
DPET15312

Well what do we have here.......a mediocre wrestler, turned failed populist politician out to hype what else....JESSEE!!!  They should have known that the most dangerous place in the world is the space between Jessee and a TV camera. I served with this blowhard/fraud in U.S. Navy bootcamp begining 1/4/70 in Company 014 in San Diego. He was an arrogant comical fraud then and still is, out NOT selling  freedom, NOT a voice for the middle class, NOT a way to create jobs, but rather he is selling .....JESSEE. He has the nuts to say he is out to protect the movement from Republicans and Democrats hijacking it ...The movement would be better served to protect itself from being taken over by JESSEE as he will push aside whoever is in his way in his quest to stay in the eye of the media.......This turkey fooled the State of MN once......Isn't that enough? By the way, Mr. Millionaire Jesse is hiding down in Mexico these days and hiding his wealth from taxation by the IRS... Where is Jesse's "fair share"?  In a Mexican bank. ...Don't worry though....He won't be in the plaza after the sun goes down.......He will be heading up to his hotel suite for a shower and room service while the "little people" overnight in their tents.....Here's a test ....See if Jesse will be willing to write out a check for , lets say $5,000  to help with expenses.......

just a person
just a person

Ventura apparently doesn't get it. One of the points is that there is no political face wanted or needed, in this movement.

GOD
GOD

did you guys pay for that content?

Cclement
Cclement

Funny coming from a guy who made a fortune from the Pro Wrestling Programs put on to make a fortune for the large Corporate media outlet..  what hoot.  He is still living off that episode of his life , one of his pay out was after a lawsuit against the world wide wrestliing federation it was.." Ventura won an $801,333 jury verdicat  on the last claim "  He has made money from corporate hollywood in about four Movies..  Since leaving the governor's job he has never left the corporate world... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

How much of the bailout did you get?    See idiot I actually put my nose to the grindstone every day.    I've never messed up so bad the entire economy was in danger.   I bet I could be really successful if the government would give me billions of dollars like it did Wall Street.   Please reach back, grab your ears and pull your head out of your ass.  

D.
D.

You are part of the 99%.

Henry Incorporated
Henry Incorporated

The little people aren't even being allowed to use tents.  They've been sleeping out there in sleeping bags and on mats. 

Isaac Anthony
Isaac Anthony

Anonymous internet trolls can say whatever they want without fear of being called out because they are anonymous.  Either face up or go away...

xoox
xoox

I don't think you have gotten all of it either. He is neither a dummycrat nor a a repubic hair-acin. Just because he was part of the system for a few years that doesn't mean he is the poster child or out there reprezentin' girl. Do you drink tap water? hmmmmm

Dpet15312
Dpet15312

Keep drinking the Kool-aid.    Don't worry, you were fooled along with the rest of MN when you put this social trud into office.....Disappointing to see you have not smartened up.  this man is for Jesse. I personally knew him. You didn't. And no, he didn't screw me over. I just was smart enough never to do business with him.  He is gimmier, slicker and more of a manipulator of people if you give him the opportunity. Jessee IS the system even when he rants and raves against the system. Understand that and you will understand Jim Janos (his real name).

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