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Jesse Ventura on ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle: ‘Do You Think the Nazis Have Heroes?’

"Our people right now are behaving just like the people did in Germany in the ’30s. We’re behaving the same way."

In this July 8, 2014 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, leaves federal court in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura, who was awarded $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit against author Chris Kyle's estate, is suing HarperCollins saying publicity about the book and Kyle's claims about him generated millions of dollars in profits for the publisher. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores, File)

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura appeared to link "American Sniper" Chris Kyle to Nazi soldiers in a Fox News Radio interview that aired Tuesday night.

Speaking with host Alan Colmes, Ventura also added that "our people are behaving just like the people in Germany in the '30s."

Here's the full transcript from Fox News:

VENTURA: A hero should have honor. A hero is not how many people you’ve killed. You know he’s obviously a great sniper. He’s obviously a great shot. He obviously did his job correctly. Alan let me fire this one at you: Do you think the Nazis have heroes?

COLMES: Well, obviously the Nazis were fighting for a cause we can’t condone.

VENTURA: Wait Wait Wait. When they invaded a country, when they invaded Poland, when they invaded France, and if a Nazi soldier killed a hundred people that had lived there, would he be classified a hero in Germany?

COLMES: But are you comparing what the Nazi mission was versus what our mission is in war as a country?

VENTURA: Well what I’m stating is we invaded Iraq, we were not asked in. We invaded a country, we overthrew its government, and then we killed people that lived there.

COLMES: Are we analogous to the Nazis?

VENTURA: Well, and the Communists, yeah.


VENTURA: Our people right now are behaving just like the people did in Germany in the ’30s. We’re behaving the same way.

COLMES: In what way?

VENTURA: We’re ostracizing certain races and certain religions. We’re doing all the things in the ’30s. We’re allowing the police state to take control of our country. We’re allowing our cops to walk around looking like stormtroopers. C’mon, am I blind?

Ventura, himself a former Navy SEAL, won a $1.8 million defamation lawsuit against Kyle's estate in 2014. He has on numerous occasions accused Kyle of being a liar and said he will refuse to see "American Sniper" because of it.

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