I’ve been on the “Rock for President” train longer than most. Back in 2015, when the Republican and Democratic primaries were ramping up, I was kicking around the idea of The People’s Champ become The Nation’s Leader. And apparently, none other than Chris Jericho agrees.
During an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Y2J said he thinks the Rock will eventually run for president of the United States, saying simply, “I honestly think The Rock will run for President’:
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) September 6, 2017
Jericho makes a good point, too, by saying that The Rock has similar skills as Donald Trump, except his actually kind, likeable, and a trustworthy man. As Jericho says, we’re in the age of “celebrity presidents” and I can’t think of the better one than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
And the Rock is embracing is, too. Last summer, in an interview with GQ, Johnson said he was seriously considering a run at the Presidency:
Last June, when The Washington Post published an op-ed suggesting he could be a viable candidate, Johnson posted a screen grab and gave the idea a boost. On Instagram, he called the Post piece “interesting” and “fun to read,” adding that “the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country.”
Since then, Johnson tells me, he’s given the question more thought. “A year ago,” he says, “it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’ I didn’t want to be flippant—‘We’ll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!’”
So, after all that consideration, Johnson doesn’t hesitate when I ask him whether he honestly might one day give up his life as the highest-paid movie star on earth—which is unquestionably easier, more fun, and more lucrative than being president of the United States—in order to run for office. “I think that it’s a real possibility,” he says solemnly.
Mark my words, it may not be 2020 (the dude has too much paper to stack), but by 2024, The Rock will be a legitimate Presidential candidate.