Glenn Beck said Wednesday that if former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura had any "character" left, he would return the $1.8 million a jury awarded him in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.
The late Navy SEAL sniper wrote in his book that he punched a man, whom he later identified as Ventura, after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.” Ventura denied the claim and filed a lawsuit against Kyle before Kyle's death last year.
Christopher Kyle's wife, Taya, is escorted to her seat after memorializing her husband during a memorial service at Cowboys Stadium, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Thousands attended the public memorial service for Kyle, the former Navy SEAL sniper who was shot to death at a Texas shooting range. (AP/Brandon Wade)
Beck made it clear that he trusts Kyle's word over Ventura's, but said, "let's just say the jury got this one right, that Chris Kyle was lying about this."
"This is where we go back to justice and mercy, and we have to be a nation that understands justice and mercy," Beck continued. "So let's just say something that I don't believe, but let's say that it worked out correctly, that Jesse Ventura was defamed. None of that happened and the jury got it right."
"Jesse Ventura has done more damage to himself by now accepting that $1.8 million," Beck said. "In what world does Jesse Ventura think he looks good beating up on a widow? When he started this lawsuit, Chris Kyle was alive. ... You are now going after a widow. You are going after his children. You are taking $1.8 million from a family who doesn't have $1.8 million. They don't have it."
Beck said that if Ventura is truly concerned about his integrity and not the money, he would accept the verdict and return the money to Kyle's family.
"Think about the damage that is being done [to] the inside of Jesse Ventura," Beck said. "What does that do when you attack a widow and a family, and you put a family into bankruptcy? [Taya Kyle] wasn't there. She wasn't the one throwing the punches. She wasn't the one saying it. It was her husband. He's dead."
Beck said that Mercury One, the charity he founded, raised close to $800,000 for Kyle's family after he died.
"We put it into a special trust so the money could not be attached in this lawsuit, because I don't trust justice anymore, quite honestly," Beck said. "We put it in a special trust, so it could not be touched by Jesse Ventura. I want you to know that the family at least has that, but that's for the children. That's for the children."
Beck said that "a better man" than Jesse Ventura would say "justice has been served" and he does not need to "exact vengeance" on the widow and children of Chris Kyle.
Beck predicted that Ventura will say he is "giving all the money to charity."
"You're taking it from a widow and the children," Beck pointed out. "What are you doing? You're impoverishing one family to help other families? That doesn't make any sense. Justice and mercy. Let's assume they got it right. Justice, OK, then justice has been served. Mercy. Mercy, Jesse Ventura. Mercy."
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