The interview was longer than this excerpt, but this is what’s relevant to us:
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Ted [Nugent] called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel,” and I believe he has apologized for the comment.
Jesse Ventura: Yeah. If Ted thinks he’s a patriot by making a statement like that, he’s the farthest thing from being a patriot. Our president is our president regardless of whether you agree with him politically. He is still the President of the United States, so if people like Ted claim to be a red, white and blue citizen and patriot, back your president regardless of whether you disagree with him. You don’t call him names. Show some dignity to the office he holds. See the difference between Jesse Ventura and Ted Nugent?
Mr. Ventura, in Thailand insulting the King can get you thrown in jail. Even telling a joke about his majesty is enough to get you in trouble. This isn’t Thailand, we don’t have Kings, we have PUBLIC SERVANTS. Our presidents serve us, we don’t serve them. We don’t have to back our presidents, they have to back us.This isn’t the military, Jesse, here you don’t have a commanding officer, and even in the military I’ve heard of sergeants that disrespect lieutenants, so your worship of rank will not get you far. Garbage is garbage, the liberals had no respect for Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr and GWB, so don’t expect me to respect their presidents.
Offices by the way don’t have dignity, only men do or do not. For example, a man with dignity and self-respect would not sue the state of Chris Kyle for his troubles finding work. That is far worst than insulting a politician. Don’t want to be called a subhuman mongrel? Don’t get into politics.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): I think that Ted believes the government will take his guns away.
Jesse Ventura: Ted has a concern. I stand with Ted on that. I believe in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. Mr. Nugent and I will have no difference of opinion on that.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Do you think the US Constitution is actually threatened on that issue?
Jesse Ventura: Absolutely it is. In the past 150 years, there have been several genocides, mass killings, committed by governments against their people. All of this happens in countries that have strict gun control. I was in the Philippines physically when Ferdinand Marcos became a dictator. Back in the early 70s, I was there.
The first thing Mr. Marcos did when he became dictator was to give the people of the Philippines two weeks or something like that to turn in all of their guns or get arrested or get the death penalty. Why would a dictator make that his number one priority to disarm the public? I’m a huge advocate of the Second Amendment that gives me the right to bear arms, and it shall not be infringed upon. Ted Nugent and I will agree on that wholeheartedly.
Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): The only thing you and Ted will agree on?
Jesse Ventura: I’m sure there could be a few others, but we certainly would disagree on etiquette and showing respect for the presidential office. Unfortunately Ted has never held office and I have, so I’ve been on both sides of the fence.
I’m glad Jesse supports the 2nd Amendment, but it’s people like Ted Nugent that defend it everyday. Ted sits in the NRA board of directors, that means he’s on the front lines of the fight. So enjoy your guns, Ventura, it’s men like Ted that fight for your right to keep and bear them.