Earlier this year, there was some hubbub that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could potentially run for President of the United States in the 2020 election; He even went on Saturday Night Live and announced that Tom Hanks would be his running mate. That was a joke, of course, but President Johnson may not be as farfetched as it seems. At the very least, he’s now technically qualified to make a run: As NME notes, a writer named Kenton Tilford filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Donald Trump was a celebrity before he entered politics, so with the precedent he’s set, it doesn’t seem too outlandish that Johnson could at least make a run at the office. He addressed the point on The Tonight Show a few months back and didn’t exactly deny it:
Also, responding to a Washington Post story that said he could actually win the election, Johnson wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post:
“Interesting piece from The Washington Post on if I ran for POTUS I could actually win. Writer Alyssa Rosenberg did some pretty good research into my background (slave descendants fighting for their freedom, Revolutionary War etc). Much more to uncover but well done.
More and more pieces like this are popping up due to the Presidential election and they’re cool/fun to read… I care DEEPLY about our country… and the idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring.
Buuuuut until that possible day, the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country. Thanks again Washington Post.”
All in all, Johnson is a widely-liked and charismatic guy, so if he wanted to run for POTUS, he’s now technically able. Do you think Johnson should make a run at it, or would voters not take his candidacy seriously? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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