Former Minnesota Governor and pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura lashed out at the two-party system in an interview on Monday, comparing the Democrats and Republicans to Los Angeles' notoriously violent and rival street gangs.
“They call the blue states Democrats, well that is also the colors of the Crips,” Jesse Ventura told CNN's Piers Morgan Monday night. “Naturally, the Bloods’ color is red and the Republican states are called red states.”
"The best thing we could do is on every ballot remove all gang names and gang symbols," he added. "Allow them to run on their names. That way, it becomes important that the voter educate themselves."
Ventura spent most of his career as a pro wrestler. After winning an upset election as a member of the Reform Party in 1998 and serving as governor of Minnesota until 2003, Ventura, has remained a fiery and out-spoken critic of the government and the political system.
Ventura filed a lawsuit against the federal government last January, alleging that airport scans and pat-downs amounted to unreasonable search and seizure. The lawsuit was dismissed in November. Ventura has also flirted with 9/11 Trutherism.
Below, a slideshow of other political figures' extreme statements:
During Nevada's 2010 Senate election, an audio clip surfaced of Sharron Angle raising "Second Amendment remedies" as a viable solution to take when "government becomes out of control." The Tea Party-backed hopeful ultimately proved unsuccessful in her campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Ken Buck, a Tea Party-backed contender who ultimately fell short in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado, made headlines in 2010 when he quipped that people should vote for him "because I do not wear high heels."
Christine O'Donnell captured headlines in 2010 with a now-infamous campaign ad in which she tells voters, "I'm not a witch." She says, "I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you." O'Donnell was defeated in her campaign for Senate in Delaware by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons.
Rep. Michele Bachmann said in October of 2006, "There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design."
HuffPost's Jen Bendery reported in April of this year: As many as 80 House Democrats are communists, according to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). West warned constituents at a Tuesday town hall event that he's "heard" that dozens of his Democratic colleagues in the House are members of the Communist Party, the Palm Beach Post reported. There are currently 190 House Democrats. West spokeswoman Angela Melvin later defended West's comments -- and clarified to whom West was referring. "The Congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren't proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom," Melvin said in a statement to The Huffington Post.
The AP reported in August of 2010 on then-New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino: Throughout his campaign, Paladino has criticized New York's rich menu of social service benefits, which he says encourages [undocumented] immigrants and needy people to live in the state. He has promised a 20 percent reduction in the state budget and a 10 percent income tax cut if elected. Asked at the meeting how he would achieve those savings, Paladino laid out several plans that included converting underused state prisons into centers that would house welfare recipients. There, they would do work for the state - "military service, in some cases park service, in other cases public works service," he said - while prison guards would be retrained to work as counselors. "Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we'll teach people how to earn their check. We'll teach them personal hygiene ... the personal things they don't get when they come from dysfunctional homes," Paladino said. ... Paladino told The Associated Press the dormitory living would be voluntary, not mandatory, and would give welfare recipients an opportunity to take public, state-sponsored jobs far from home. "These are beautiful properties with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of cities," Paladino he said. He also defended his hygiene remarks, saying he had trained inner-city troops in the Army and knows their needs. "You have to teach them basic things - taking care of themselves, physical fitness. In their dysfunctional environment, they never learned these things," he said.