EI Portraits — Jesse Ventura: the wrestling governor who blazed a trail for Trump

May 23, 2024

Dominic Sandbrook profiles Jesse Ventura, the former Navy SEAL and WWE champion who won Minnesota’s governorship in 1999 on an anti-elite ticket. His transition from showbiz to politics was a precursor of the age of Trump – but 'the Body’ was no ordinary populist. Read by Sebastian Brown.