The blockbuster hit ‘American Sniper’ tells the legacy of the most lethal and revered sniper in U.S. history, the late Chris Kyle. Governor Jesse Ventura, however, refuses to even see the film.
It’s no secret that Ventura and Kyle were not the best of comrades. Ventura is a trash-talking vet who thinks the SEALs, “deserve to lose a few” in Iraq, according to Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” The book went on to say that this run-in with Ventura in 2006 prompted Kyle to punch him out in the bar.
Once the book hit the press, Ventura filed a lawsuit against the Kyle family and was awarded $1.845 million, says the Washington Post. The jury sided with Ventura’s claim that the book defamed him and his reputation.
Unfortunately for all parties involved, from the time the lawsuit was filed until a settlement was reached, Chris Kyle was murdered at a shooting range in Texas. As hard as this must be for his surviving wife and kids, Ventura kept after the Kyle family in the courts and essentially became known as the “former SEAL who sued a deceased SEAL’s widow for nearly $2 million.” In that light, it makes Ventura look unpatriotic and money-hungry.
It doesn’t exactly help Ventura’s reputation for him to now speak out against the film that herald’s SEAL Chief Chris Kyle (while taking verbal jabs at deceased Chris Kyle too). In a report produced by NavyTimes earlier this week, Ventura will not be watching “American Sniper.” His reason? Because, to him, Chris Kyle is no hero – he is a liar. Ventura said;
A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can’t have honor if you’re a liar. There is no honor in lying.
He went on to downplay the entire film and said it was basically propaganda because it eludes to the notion that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were tied with Iraq.
“‘It’s as authentic as ‘Dirty Harry,'” he said, referring to the fictional movie series starring Clint Eastwood, the director of “American Sniper.”
Currently, Ventura resides at his home in Mexico and is working towards his second season of an online political talk show called “Off the Grid.”