Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is furious that Jesse Ventura won his lawsuit against the estate of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, responding almost immediately to the judge’s ruling last week by accusing the former Minnesota governor of behaving like a fake “tough guy” and a “jackass.”
This means that we now have two extremely outspoken former governors who are not at all camera-shy nearing what has the potential to evolve into a deeply entertaining war of words.
“Hey tough guy, Jesse Ventura, your feelings were hurt because you perceived your reputation was besmirched by words in a book?” Palin said in a statement posted to her personal website.
Kyle, who was killed in 2013 by a veteran who reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, recounted in his book, American Sniper, the moment when he reportedly struck another SEAL who spoke disrespectfully of U.S. servicemen who had died serving overseas.
Kyle said in subsequent interviews that the SEAL he allegedly struck was none other than Jesse Ventura.
Ventura maintains that the story is untrue and that Kyle unfairly smeared his good name in the SEAL community. The former governor eventually took Kyle to court and successfully sued the now-deceased former SEAL’s estate for roughly $1.8 million in damages.
“So you turn around and sue, expecting $2 million from a military widow and her fatherless children?” Palin said on her website. “Yeah, like that is going to help your reputation, jackass. Chris Kyle was a true American patriot — the soldier who stood up for his country and saved so many lives by doing the job his Commander-in-chief gave him, taking out the bad guys. ...
“His widow and young children will forever feel a lot more ‘hurt’ than you will, Jesse, after a sad verdict in your ridiculous lawsuit against Chris,” she added. “You went after the bereaved family. … Since when are public figures immune from hearing something we don't like, anyway? Chris always stood up for every American. Now we're standing up for him.”
In a fight between a former Alaska governor-turned-VP candidate-turned-cable news pundit and a former “professional” wrestler-turned-Minnesota governor-turned-professional conspiracy theorist, the only thing you can do is sit back and enjoy the fireworks.
This should be good.