Maybe Dwayne Johnson unofficially kicked off a run for president this week. At a minimum, he acknowledged the political chatter in a very big way.
Johnson, known by most as “The Rock,” is on the cover of this week’s People magazine. In the People interview, the actor, former wrestler and football player. talked about a potential run. After all, it was difficult to ignore a poll from earlier in the year that said 46 percent of Americans would consider voting for him.
Dwayne Johnson said he was “not a politician, nor did I ever have political passions. And quite frankly I’m not sure I even have the patience or resignation to deal with the B.S. that comes with politics and politicians.
“But when 46 percent of Americans say they’re in favor of me becoming president, that forces me to humbly and respectfully stand up, listen and learn.”
The poll, conducted by Piplsay, asked people if they would vote for certain celebrities. Johnson was the big winner. The same poll found that folks also liked the idea of Matthew McConaughey running for governor of Texas. Angelina Jolie received presidential support from 30 percent of those polled. Oprah Winfrey came in with 27 percent, while Tom Hanks had 22. The poll was conducted online from April 2-4, with more than 30,000 participants. It didn’t reveal a margin of error.
Dwayne Johnson Supported Democrats in Past
Dwayne Johnson has supported Democrats in previous presidential races. He endorsed Joe Biden in 2020. He said he supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. However, he said he didn’t vote in 2016 in the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Trump, who starred on the reality series Celebrity Apprentice, opened the door a bit more for TV and movie personalities. Of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California and former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura served a term as governor of Minnesota. And then there’s Ronald Reagan. He was an actor long before he got into politics.
When Dwayne Johnson first learned of the Piplsay poll, he touted the results on his Instagram account. He wrote: “Humbling. I don’t think our Founding Fathers EVER envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club – but if it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve you, the people.”
Dwayne Johnson also has directly addressed a presidential run, at least a make believe one, on his sit-com Young Rock. NBC renewed the show for the fall. And on it, Johnson said he’s running for president in 2032.
In this week’s People, the Rock said he’s honored at the thought of leading the United States. He, again, he highlighted his bi-racial background.
“I love our country to my core and I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, as a half-Black, half-Samoan kid being able to work my ass off knowing tenacity opens doors. In a lot of ways, I’m indebted to our great country for it.”