Jesse Ventura: I need to spend less time in the Fascist States of America. Oh, and also, I might run for president.
posted at 10:00 pm on November 4, 2011 by Allahpundit
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is so upset by the dismissal of his airport security lawsuit that he threatened Friday to apply for dual citizenship so he can spend more time in his beloved Mexico — or run for president of what he labeled “the Fascist States of America.”…
Outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul, with a crew from his “Conspiracy Theory” cable TV show filming, Ventura said he hadn’t decided whether to continue pressing his lawsuit. He said he wanted to make his case before a jury, not a panel of judges…
Moments later, he vowed to apply for Mexican citizenship so he can live there more months of the year…
“I will never stand for a national anthem again. I will turn my back and I will raise a fist,” he said.
He’s got a titanium hip and he’s tired of being either body-scanned or crotch-grabbed by TSA in order to get past the metal detector at the airport. The Pioneer Press has some background on the lawsuit here. He’s ranting in the clip about how “federal courts” are claiming they don’t have jurisdiction over the constitutional question here, but that’s not true. Federal appellate courts do have jurisdiction by statute; federal district courts (i.e. the trial level) don’t, presumably because the details of TSA procedures implicate national security. Question for the litigators out there: Even if Ventura did get to bring his claim in district court, because he’s raising a question of law — whether the TSA’s protocol violates the Fourth Amendment — it would be the district judge, not a federal jury, that decided the matter, no? I’m not sure which facts, if any, are at issue that he wants a jury to decide. He hasn’t been charged with anything and isn’t suing for damages, as far as I know. What he seems to have in mind is a declaratory judgment striking down the TSA’s procedures as unconstitutional. Unless I’m missing something, that’s a job for the judge.
Between this and the news about Building 7, it’s been a rough week.
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