Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura had harsh words for his fellow former Governor Sarah Palin recently, when he called her an "unqualified" "quitter" who had "screw[ed] the people of Alaska."
Talking to Fancast, the one-time professional wrestler and Independent-turned-conspiracy-theorist said that Sarah Palin was the reason he couldn't get behind the Tea Party movement.
"Anybody that would put Sarah Palin to the top of their list will never get me," Ventura told Fancast about the former vice presidential candidate. "She's a quitter...She quit in the middle of her term. That's the contract you have with the voters."
Ventura was then asked about his opinions about her political career before she decided to resign the governorship last summer:
"I felt she was completely unqualified. I had more qualifications than she did. I had served as a mayor of a town [Brooklyn Park, Minn.] of 60,000 - hers [Wasilla, Alaska] was 10,000. I had served as governor for two years when everybody wanted me to run for president in 2000, and I said I'm not prepared to be the president. I haven't even completed office as a governor yet. Now, she never completed her office as governor. She didn't even get two years in hardly! And she quit to get money. Jesus, how do people not see that! She saw greener pastures, said, Screw the people of Alaska, and went on to collect.
Though such harsh criticism of Palin would be atypical for most conservatives, Ventura has shown that he's not afraid to go against the grain of his former party.
He also traded barbs with Sean Hannity on the issue, and claimed that he would get him to say "Barack Obama is the greatest president" given a chance to waterboard him.
The former governor also once called George W. Bush the "worst president in my lifetime," though Ventura's firm belief that 9/11 was an inside job could probably have something to do with that.