This week, The Hill published a list of 43 people who "might run against Trump in 2020." Among the many potential White House hopefuls were U.S. Senators, successful business people and one pro wrestler-turned-incredibly well-paid actor.
Yes, there's serious buzz about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson running for president, and he's doing very little to knock it down. In March, The Rock tweeted "maybe one day," in reference to a presidential run. Now, in a newly published GQ profile, he's edged that dream campaign ever-so-slightly forward.
“I think that it’s a real possibility," he said. He added that when the question was first posed about a year ago he took it as a joke. But as he began to hear more and more people suggest that he might be able to unite the country, he gave the idea more thoughtful consideration.
Last year, he told the magazine, both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns approached him for an endorsement. He thought about it and didn't agree to endorse either.
“I feel like I'm in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement. But I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the process and felt like if I did share my political views publicly, a few things would happen—and these are all conversations I have with myself, in the gym at four o'clock in the morning—I felt like it would either (a) make people unhappy with the thought of whatever my political view was. And, also, it might sway an opinion, which I didn't want to do.”
Writer Caity Weaver tried to get to the bottom of The Rock's own political views, but it wasn't easy. He professed his admiration for great leadership and issued a few veiled criticisms of President Trump.He doesn't believe is shutting down those who disagree with him, he said.
He also professed disdain for Trump's travel ban, considers himself a "feminist," loves the military and has declared himself committed to "diversity, inclusion, community, [and] open-mindedness."
It's all pretty anodyne stuff and illustrates one of the reasons it would be hard for The Rock to run for office. He's have to stake out positions and alienate some of his fan base.
So don't The Rock to follow through on any of this—at least for a few decades. And if he does make a run for the White House in 2020, no one should vote for him.
Anyone crazy enough to leave a life that allows him to spend all day making movies like Baywatch, should never be allowed to run the country.