Jesse Ventura goes off the grid "so that the drones can't find me" [VIDEO]

Ventura on Closing Bell yesterday.
Ventura on Closing Bell yesterday.
screenshot from CNBC

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On Tuesday, Kelly Evans, the host of CNBC's Closing Bell, asked our former governor a simple question. Ventura was calling in to the show via satellite from an undisclosed location south of the border, and Evans wanted to know where, and why.

"I'm off the grid," a bespectacled Ventura answered. "I move about with my TV show so that the drones can't find me and you won't know exactly where I am."

"This isn't a hoax, you're serious?" Evans responded.

Ventura, who's now hosting the show Off the Grid for online network, dodged her question, and while the Closing Bell panel wore increasingly confused smiles, he continued. As long as he has solar power and can reach the satellite, he explained, he's fine.

"I view the United States today much like East Berlin," Ventura said. "And I'm off the grid. I've tried for 20 years to warn the country about the Democrats and Republicans, and nobody's listening."

"I now view the United States from the outside, and I don't like what I see," Ventura said.

He went on to talk about George Bush T-shirts, 800-pound gorillas, and being a job creator. By the end, Evans declared, "I'm almost speechless."

Presenting, via CNBC, the key piece of Ventura's appearance:

Here's more of the segment. For the full clip, check out Mediaite, and for more Jesse, tune into his show Tuesday through Friday at 2 p.m.

-- Tips or comments? Reach Olivia LaVecchia by email or on Twitter at @olavecchia

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