The Rock For President? "It's A Real Possibility" Says WWE Legend
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Is the Rock cooking a run at the White House?
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently told Caity Weaver of GQ that, "it's a real possibility," when asked whether he would consider running for president of the United States in the future.
In an interview published Wednesday, the Rock reaffirmed his position that he may consider making a run at being commander in chief as GQ followed up on his response to a November article by Paul Chi in Vanity Fair in which the Brahma Bull said, "I wouldn't rule it out," when asked about becoming a future presidential candidate.
In the GQ article, The Rock revealed that he has given the question added thought since his initial answer last year: "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."
Weaver also got The Rock's thoughts on Donald Trump. Here is his response:
"I'd like to see a better leadership. I'd like to see a greater leadership. 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 s--t 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.' [Disagreement] informs us. The responsibility as president—I [would] take responsibility for everyone. Especially when you disagree with me. If there's a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I'm not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it."
While a run for president from The Rock may have once seemed inconceivable, Trump's elevation to the highest office in the land has potentially made it far more possible for those with no political experience to reach that level.
The Rock is one of the highest-grossing movie stars in the world, and he is regarded as one of the most charismatic figures in existence as well, stemming from his time as a WWE Superstar. In addition, his winning the presidency wouldn't be unprecedented, as Ronald Reagan was an actor prior to taking the office.
Here's a link to the GQ article: