Last week, a new poll showed that nearly half of American voters would like to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run for president. And while the “Fast and Furious” star knows he isn’t the most traditional contender, he says he would be honored “to serve the people”.
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April 9, The Rock tweeted a link to Newsweek’s coverage of the new poll, which found that 46% of Americans over 18 would support the wrestler-turned-actor if he respected previous comments suggesting he would like to run.
“I’m not sure our founding fathers ever imagined a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-black, half-Samoan, drinking tequila, driving a van, a man carrying a fanny pack joining their club,” he joked in the caption, “but if that ever happens, it will be my honor to serve the people.”
Dwayne’s tweet comes after USA Today asked him if he was still considering the White House candidacy he had flirted with in recent years.
“I would consider a presidential election in the future if that’s what people wanted,” he told the newspaper in February. “Really, I mean that, and I’m by no means flippant with my answer,” he added. “It would depend on the people… Then I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear on the ground.”
Dwayne, 48, has been speculating on his run for president since at least 2016 – and the idea has generally been well received. An editorial in a June 2016 edition of the Washington Post even argued that the actor could be a viable candidate. Dwayne shared a link to the article on Instagram at the time, saying he believed that “the most important thing right now is strong and honest leadership from our current and future leaders in this. country.”
When asked if he is still considering the presidency, Dwayne told GQ in 2017: “I think that’s a real possibility.”
As GQ pointed out, the classic American story of Dwayne – born into an impoverished family, he is now the highest-paid actor in the world – could have great appeal to voters.
As for his political leanings, The Rock backed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ahead of their 2020 victory, but declined to back Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the previous presidential race, telling GQ he was wary of how his comments could “sway an opinion,” something he said he “didn’t want to do.” “
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Later in the same interview, he shared a glimpse of what his own approach to running the country might be.
“Personally, I think if I were president, the balance would be important. Leadership would be important,” he said in response to a question about Donald Trump. “Take responsibility for everyone. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t rule them out. I would actually include them. The first thing we would do is come and sit down and talk about it… Responsibility as president – I [would] take responsibility for everyone. Especially when you don’t agree with me. If there is a large number of people who disagree, maybe there is something that I don’t see, so let me see it. Let me understand. “
Of course, running for any office takes a lot of time. And with two new films expected this year and a slate of at least five more in the works, according to imdb, Dwayne’s next run will likely involve the box office, not the presidency.