In June of last year, tipsters put Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the third most likely person to win the presidential election, even though he didn’t show up. Then in April, the wrestler-turned-actor hinted that he a little, maybe, potentially considering an offer.
“In this world where The Rock succeeds,” as Libby Watson, who covers politics for The new republic, told us last year, “I think it’s kind of a fantasy that you can have this character who wins by being universally loved and becomes the president that everyone can support.”
Howard Stern does not buy this fantasy. In fact, the legendary radio host recently gave a real speech for Johnson and Matthew McConaughey, another celebrity with political ambitions.
“You know what it’s like with these guys is that they don’t understand, once you run for office you actually have to give notice,” he said in Tuesday. his SiriusXM show, as reported by New York Daily News.
Stern knows a thing or two about trying to make the transition from a beloved celebrity to the polarizing world of politics. In 1994, he ran for governor of New York only to step down after refusing to disclose his personal finances. And although he hosted Donald Trump on his show on several occasions, Stern became a vocal critic of the former president as soon as he announced his campaign. But while Stern has always been opinionated, much of the appeal to Johnson and McConaughey’s candidacies has been their refusal to delve into the most controversial political issues of the day, choosing instead a harmless and harmless middle-ground approach ( although McConaughey’s favorite phrase in recent months has been “the illiberal left”).
But once you run for office, there is no middle ground, at least no way to please everyone. As Stern said, once The Rock has to explicitly state their beliefs on the right to abortion, “Oops! Suddenly people don’t like The Rock.
“The military assumes The Rock is pro-military,” he added. “Police people believe The Rock is a defender of law and order. People who are Trumpy believe that The Rock really secretly loves Trump. People who are Liberals say, “You know what? The Rock is with us. ”
We don’t know the whole truth now (although Johnson backed Joe Biden in the last presidential election), but if any of the celebrities come out of the contemplation phase to enter the political arena, you can rest assured that the truth will come out, and their beloved status will not remain universal.
As Adam Chandler wrote in the fall, “A truth about career trajectories in American politics, especially over the past several decades, is that they can both ignite and incinerate in no time. .
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