A couple years ago I would have laughed this story off as just another celebrity deluding themselves into thinking they could waltz in and run for president. Well … that happened … so I guess we should pay attention this time around when “The Rock” says he’s considering a run for the Oval Office.
The story on this one comes from The Hill:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson now says there’s a “real possibility” that he will make a White House run.
“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” the “Fate of the Furious” star tells GQ in a story published Wednesday. “There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’”
Johnson, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000 and attended the Democratic National Convention that same year, tells the mag he’s registered as an independent.
The 45-year-old pro wrestler-turned-actor, who’s long flirted with a political bid, also offered his take on President Trump’s performance since taking office.
“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them.”
Perhaps it’s true that a good portion of the electorate is so disgusted with Washington, with both parties, that the door has been opened for citizens living outside the world of politics to mount serious bids for the presidency. Donald Trump had flirted with running for years, from 2008 to 2012, until eventually pulling the trigger in 2016. He might be an anomaly, perhaps a “test run” for the non-politician running the country. Voters may be asked to decide once again if they want to keep electing outside the box or bring themselves back into the cozy confines of electing a Senator or a Governor as President.
The biggest hurdle I can see for Dwayne Johnson is his non-partisan nature. If he would choose to run independently and ignore both major parties, he’d probably be finished before he started. Trump held some liberal views and conservative views, but he chose to run hard in the conservative/nationalist lane and won the GOP nomination.
“The Rock” would have to pick a lane and likely pick a party, or he’s just siphoning off votes leading to a less than stunning 15-18% vote share and crushing defeat.