Source: The Atlantic

The Atlantic has an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Jesse "The Body" Ventura, who discussed his new book and the rise of Donald Trump. Below are a couple of highlights:

What advice he would give The Rock, who has hinted at running for public office:

"I would tell Dwayne Johnson don't bother with it. You have a phenomenal career in Hollywood. Why would you want to go into politics? Ride the Hollywood horse until it falls. Are you kidding me? Politics, he can't earn near the money he's making. Unless he just truly wants to make a difference I guess. But, Dwayne's a very talented man, no doubt about it. And I would encourage him not to waste it in the political arena."

Donald Trump:

"Donald's link to wrestling was when I first met him I think at Wrestlemania 4 and 5 or 5 and 6. We did two of them at Trump's place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, so that was the initial tie with Donald. And then I knew Donald out at the American Century golf tournaments. He was out there when I used to play. So I've known Donald Trump now for quite a while. In fact, he even flew to Minnesota in support of me when I ran for governor.

"Donald Trump is not a Republican. Donald Trump has been an Independent truly his whole life. He just chose to go after the nomination with the Republican party, just like Bernie Sanders did with the Democrats. Like I initially stated when they [ran], I said I was ecstatic over it because they were destroying the two parties and I thought that was wonderful. As you know I despise these parties; I think they're the problem, they're not the solution. And I believe we should ban political parties, and the forefathers agree with me."

Ventura also discussed wrestling being like ballet, his new book, how pro wrestling can prepare people for politics and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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