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Jesse Ventura plans to ‘out-Trump Trump’ and betray the Libertarians — all the way to the White House

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Jesse Ventura suggested he may have a path to the White House — and it’s a pretty wild ride.

The former professional wrestler, Minnesota governor and host of the “Conspiracy Theories” TV program appeared Tuesday night for a panel discussion “The Nightly Show” to discuss the presidential race.

Host Larry Wilmore said the dynamics of the race suggested voters were attracted to “unlikely candidates” like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — each of whom Ventura said had a real shot at winning.

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“Trump because he’s got enough money to be able to run, and as much as you dislike him, one of the good things about him is he’s not subjected to the bribery that goes on,” Ventura said. “He’s doing it with his own money, so no one’s bribing him (and) there’s not the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain who controls him.”

Ventura pointed out that 64 percent — nearly two-thirds — of Americans did not vote in the last presidential election, which he said opened the door to some potential wackiness.

“When I ran in Minnesota, they pooh-poohed me, too,” he said. “But everywhere I went was like Bernie — show up to see him live, they’re voting for him. Because you can see them all on TV, but if you show up live, you’re voting for him. None of these other people are getting 20,000 to show up.”

Wilmore asked if the U.S. was at a historical moment that defied precedent, and Ventura interrupted comedian and co-panelist Kathleen Madigan — who compared Trump to other briefly attractive also-rans like Steve Forbes and Herman Cain.

“Let me throw one out for you to chew on,” Ventura said. “End of May, the Libertarians hold their convention, and they nominate who they want — (and) he might be sitting at the table.”

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Ventura said he had not formally declared his intentions to run for president because he was “waiting to get the pikers out,” so he could focus his efforts on the last remaining rival and then “slide right in there” as the Libertarian Party nominee.

“Wait, this is your master plan?” Wilmore asked. “You’re counting on Trump to get there so you can out-Trump Trump?”

Ventura said he wanted Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to be the nominees, because they offered a clearer shot for a third-party candidate.

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“Imagine when people go in the voting booth, the disenchanted people, and they see these other Democrats and Republicans, and then all of a sudden they see Jesse Ventura,” he said.

However, Ventura said he would not join the Libertarians, even if they made him the party’s nominee — and the other panelists expressed serious doubts about his plans.

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“Why would they agree to that?” Madigan said.

“Because they’re Libertarians — it’s liberty,” Ventura said.

“They know what I stand for,” he continued. “I will challenge the the American people to make history and elect the first president since George Washington, he’s the only one who does not belong to a political party.”

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Watch the entire discussion posted online by Comedy Central:

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Texas conservatives lose their minds after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in public

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Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott finally acknowledged that there is a serious problem as COVID-19 takes down the state's population.

It was just a few months ago that municipalities were deciding for themselves when and if they would reopen. But Abbott shut it down, saying that his orders "overrule any local jurisdiction."

In April, "Abbott and the state’s other Republican leaders have blasted local officials in Dallas and Houston for what they called overzealous enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, first zeroing in on Democratically led Harris County’s decision to fine residents for not wearing face masks, a penalty Abbott banned in his April 27 reopening order," ProPublica reported. "The fights came to a head this month with the arrest of a Dallas hair salon owner who refused to shutter her business, an act of defiance that was supported by a right-wing group that launched a GoFundMe campaign a day before she reopened that raised $500,000 before it was disabled."

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Unemployment may not return to pre-COVID levels for a decade: Congressional Budget Office

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On Thursday, Politico reported that it could take a decade for unemployment levels to return to where they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

"The economic outlook for the next 10 years has 'deteriorated significantly' since the independent budget agency issued its last complete set of projections in January, CBO noted," reported Caitlan Emma. "That illustrates the devastating effects of the pandemic and underscores the reality of a slower economic recovery than the 'rocket ship' rebound predicted by President Donald Trump."

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Fired SDNY prosecutor to testify before House Judiciary Committee — behind closed doors: report

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The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Geoffrey Berman will testify after the bizarre sequence of events that preceded his ouster from the office. AG Bill Barr announced that Berman was resigning, with the SDNY denied. He was then fired by President Donald Trump.

NEW: Fired US Attorney for SDNY Geoffrey Berman will appear next week before House Judiciary behind closed doors next Thursday, according to a congressional aide

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