It is no secret that former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura is not a fan of Chris Kyle, the former Navy Seal sniper who is the subject of the Clint Eastwood movie, American Sniper. He successfully sued Kyle who was murdered in February of 2013 and his estate, winning a $1.8 million award last year for defamation.
When AP tracked Ventura down at his home in Baja California where he lives “off the grid,” he told them that Kyle was a “liar” and that he is no “hero.”
“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,” Ventura said in an interview.
In his book, also titled American Sniper, Kyle wrote of an encounter in a bar with a celebrity who he identified only as “scruff face” in which he said he punched the man out for disparaging the U.S. military. Later, in an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, Kyle named Ventura as the man he called “scruff face.” Ventura says that the incident never happened.
In an interview on CBS This Morning, Ventura told Charlie Rose that he continued to pursue the lawsuit because he wanted the truth to come out.
Asked by Rose if he agreed with those who have said that he had damaged his own reputation by continuing with the lawsuit after Kyle’s death, Ventura, who is also a former Seal, said:
“Well, if seeking the truth damages you, then we live in a pretty sorry world, don’t we? When the truth can hurt you, and the truth came out, it never occurred, and that’s all I sought from it, and I’m already damaged. I can’t go to a Seal reunion anymore. That was the one place where I always felt safe.”
Watch the video below from CBS News.