Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Using GQ To Gauge Reactions To Possible Political Career


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When Donald Trump was elected, it changed how people view the presidency. Since November, I have been told that Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah should all consider running for President.  

It’s quite clear that we have officially entered into the era of the celebrity POTUS. Knowing that, I was not entirely shocked when, earlier this week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he might run for President in 2020. 

During a recent feature in GQ (aptly titled: “Dwayne Johnson for President!“), the Hollywood superstar said “[running for President is] a real possibility”. And it’s not the first time the former wrestler discussed his the possibility of a career in politics. Last year, during an interview with British GQ, Johnson told the magazine:

“I’ll be honest, I haven’t ruled politics out. I’m not being coy when I say that, but at the moment I am not sure. I can’t deny that the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring. And beyond that, it would be an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives on a global scale. But there are a lot of other things I want to do first.”

Almost a year later, it seems like his resolve has only been hardened. During his most recent interview with the magazine, Johnson doubled-down on his previous statement:

“A year ago 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!’

Having thought about it, it seems like The Rock is interested. Besides his celebrity, Johnson shares another factor with President Trump: both men have a longstanding relationship with the WWE (formerly the WWF). 
 
Unfortunately for his supporters, Johnson may already have some very buff skeletons in his closet. For years now, Johnson’s faced constant accusations of PED use and even admitted to using steroids during his youth. In fact, two years before Johnson joined the WWF, CEO Vince McMahon was being investigated by the federal government for allegedly conspiring to provide illegal steroids to all his wrestlers. Of course, that’s not a death sentence for a political campaign. Arnold Schwarzenegger also admitted to using steroids in the past and he successfully served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
As for the Rock’s politics? Thus far, he’s been illusive regarding his possible policy positions, but it doesn’t look good for left-wing voters… Although he spoke at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions in 2000, Johnson’s a registered Republican and now seems to have the support of National Review‘s David French.  Beyond that, his platform is vague.
But there is one issue Johnson has been very clear about – he wants to bring the country together [via GQ]:

“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. .. I wouldn’t shut them out… The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it…

When there’s a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you’re in a disagreement with—for example, the media—I feel like it informs me that I could be better. We all have issues, and we all gotta work our shit out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out. Because otherwise I feel, as an American, all I hear and all I see in the example you’re setting is ‘Now I’m shutting you out. And you can’t come’.”