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Dwayne Johnson finally addresses presidential run rumors

05.19.2017
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Dwayne Johnson for President 2020.” Has a nice ring to it, no? Good strong name behind a good strong guy, matched with a nice even number. Though that sounds like an excellent Cards Against Humanity play, the phrase has been picking up speed in the last week or so, to the point where the actor was asked about it last night while speaking with Jimmy Fallon.

There promoting his new movie, BAYWATCH, Johnson was almost immediately asked if he was serious about potentially running for president, and he began to elaborate how this whole thing even got started:

Well this profile [for GQ] came out – and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her name – Caity Weaver  is a really brilliant writer, and the story has really blown up because it was so wonderfully written. She’s very, very witty, she was amazing. But in it as we were talking about it she goes, “Would you ever consider running for president?” And I said, “Yeah of course I would consider it.” And the surge and the groundswell since then has really been amazing. And I gotta tell you I’m so incredibly flattered that…you know there’s a national poll that just came this week that brought together Republicans and Democrats saying I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today to become president. I’ve really been blown away, right, and it’s so flattering.

The poll he mentions came from a national poll from Public Policy Polling that gave Johnson a sizeable win over Trump in the 2020 election, adding more fuel to the “Johnson for President” fire. Though he never comes out with a full answer, the muscle-bound thespian spoke to why he thinks the idea has caught on so quickly, all before leaving on the biggest cliffhanger ever:

I think it’s because people wanna see a different leadership – I’m sorry, not different, but a better leadership today – and I think more poise less noise. And I think that over the years I’ve become a guy that people kind of relate to, who get up early in the morning at a ridiculous hour and go to work and spend time with the troops, take care of my family – I love taking care of people – and I think that kind of thing really resonates with people, especially today. I’ve been blown away and I’m very flattered by it. Three and a half years is a long way away, so we’ll see.

Did he just throw some shade at President Trump. Let's get ready to rumble indeed!

Though he doesn't say if he is or not, he has clearly put some serious thought into this. Putting the current politics aside, would Johnson actually run for president? I mean, yes, the guy has the mass market appeal, is an undeniably hard worker and is genuinely looked up to across the world. Plus the 2016 election proved anything is possible, giving the notion even more credence. But this is politics, and Johnson would have to seriously commit to the job 100 percent, and his movie schedule alone is getting more and more crowded. Given all he's signed on to do, and is likely to sign on for in the future, I can't see it happening. If he does run say goodbye to Johnson as Black Adam. He’ll have to worry more about the Middle East than punching Superman.  

Catch (future president?) Johnson in BAYWATCH on May 25.

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Source: The Tonight ShowGQ

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4:21PM on 05/21/2017
Isn't this exactly like "idiocracy"? President Camacho to teach us 'bout electrolytes and fix EVERYTHING! Wierd....
Isn't this exactly like "idiocracy"? President Camacho to teach us 'bout electrolytes and fix EVERYTHING! Wierd....
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3:48PM on 05/19/2017
I do really like Dwayne Johnson, and I don't even mind that he entertains being a politician. I just think it should never become a reality, at least not on a national scale. The moment he stepped up to a podium and DIDN'T give a People's Champion-style shout-down, the illusion would disappear and people would actually have to question how loyal they really are to one of the few celebrities with universal appeal.
I do really like Dwayne Johnson, and I don't even mind that he entertains being a politician. I just think it should never become a reality, at least not on a national scale. The moment he stepped up to a podium and DIDN'T give a People's Champion-style shout-down, the illusion would disappear and people would actually have to question how loyal they really are to one of the few celebrities with universal appeal.
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3:21PM on 05/19/2017

OK...

But he would have to overcome he and his ex-wife's long term steroid usage. It doesn't bother me so much, but there would be questions.
But he would have to overcome he and his ex-wife's long term steroid usage. It doesn't bother me so much, but there would be questions.
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2:11PM on 05/19/2017
Make America smell what The Rock is cookin again...
Make America smell what The Rock is cookin again...
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1:40PM on 05/19/2017
ANGRY OBAMA FTW
ANGRY OBAMA FTW
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6:35PM on 05/19/2017
you mean Therock obama
you mean Therock obama
11:58AM on 05/19/2017
#maga
#maga
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11:17AM on 05/19/2017

I love him as a person....

He keeps popping up for the great things he does in day to day life. He's obviously a good guy (which practically disqualifies him from politics), but this story is meaningless. The second he stops being just a great guy and starts giving opinions on issues he offends half the population (no matter what side of an issue he takes). That's the problem with politics today. We are so divided on how to address problems that if someone disagrees with your solutions they see you as the bad guy.
He keeps popping up for the great things he does in day to day life. He's obviously a good guy (which practically disqualifies him from politics), but this story is meaningless. The second he stops being just a great guy and starts giving opinions on issues he offends half the population (no matter what side of an issue he takes). That's the problem with politics today. We are so divided on how to address problems that if someone disagrees with your solutions they see you as the bad guy. There's no way to get past that.

Stay in acting. You're getting rich and are insanely popular. Politics is a death sentence for popularity (although as they keep showing us, it's a great place to get rich. . . even if you're entire philosophy revolves around punishing "the rich").
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11:14AM on 05/19/2017
I think if there's anything the current administration has taught us, it's that you DON'T have to seriously commit to the job 100%. Regardless, Johnson should stick to movies and wrestling.
I think if there's anything the current administration has taught us, it's that you DON'T have to seriously commit to the job 100%. Regardless, Johnson should stick to movies and wrestling.
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