GLENN: Would he go by President Rock or President Johnson?
Yesterday, Variety reported that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is seriously thinking about running for president in 2024. By the way, that would be for president of the United States.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Dwayne Johnson is a former pro wrestler-turned movie star.
Even though he’s known for his comedic chops in movies like Baywatch, and unintentional comedies like Hercules, running for president does not appear to be a joke. He told Variety he would “100% consider” running for office.
However, Johnson’s fans will have to try to contain themselves because the actor/producer has a huge slate of movie and TV projects that will keep him booked for the next four years. Realistically, he won’t be able to run for president until 2024.
Donald Trump ushered in a new era in which celebrities now think, “if Donald Trump can get elected president, why not me?” But this actually seems to be more than just idle celebrity talk from a guy whose wrestler name was “The Rock.” A Washington Post article in 2016 about Johnson’s political ambition got people talking. He says he’s entertaining the idea purely out of loyalty to the American people.
So, what are Johnson’s political credentials? He doesn’t have any. But he says, “the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can” – which is more than you can say for most politicians, so maybe Mr. Rock is onto something here.
He used to be a registered Republican but is now an Independent. He lives in Florida, which is an important state in presidential elections. He also has 175 million followers on social media. If just one-third of them showed up to vote for him, he’d have nearly as many popular votes as Trump got in 2016. So maybe a Rock presidency isn’t so far-fetched.
Then again, there are questions about his judgment, after all, he starred in a movie called Tooth Fairy.
Fun Fact: If Dwayne Johnson is elected president in 2024, he would be the third Johnson to occupy the White House, but the very first Rock.