Has Dwayne Johnson cooked up a plan to oust Donald Trump from the White House in 2020? Many wrestling fans are excited about the prospect of an epic showdown between the actor formerly known as “The Rock” and the billionaire who once shaved Vince McMahon’s head, and a recent presidential poll shows Johnson trouncing Trump in a potential 2020 match-up. However, Johnson has revealed that he’s rethinking his plans to enter the political arena.
As the Wrap reports, many Americans would love to watch Dwayne Johnson deliver the verbal version of his signature wrestling move, “The Rock Bottom,” to Donald Trump during a 2020 presidential debate. This is evidenced by a new report by Public Policy Polling that has Johnson leading Trump 42/37 in a prospective 2020 presidential showdown. The polling firm found that 15 percent of Trump supporters would abandon the POTUS for the beloved Baywatch star, and it provided further proof that The Rock’s appeal extends across party lines by reporting that he’s viewed favorably by 38 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans.
Dwayne Johnson talked about the possibility of making a bid for the presidency during a recent interview with GQ’s Caity Weaver. According to Weaver, the topic arose because the actor is so popular and likable.
“I think that it’s a real possibility,” Johnson responded when asked if he was seriously considering running for president.
Johnson revealed that he’s been thinking about trading acting for politics for about a year now, but he’s been hesitant to share his political views with the public. He refused to endorse a candidate during the 2016 presidential election, even though both Trump and Clinton’s campaigns reached out to him. He has said that he disagrees with Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, and he describes himself as a feminist. He’s currently registered as an independent.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 10, 2017
According to USA Today, the former wrestler was once registered as a Republican, and he spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000. The GOP often has a hard time landing big-name celebrities to appear at its conventions, but ABC News reports that one conservative group was unhappy with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s presence at the event. The Parents Television Council complained about the WWF champ’s use of obscene language in the wrestling ring, as well as his alter ego’s derogatory comments about women.
Would Johnson’s wrestling antics come back to haunt him if he were to run for president? Americans may never find out, because it seems as though he’s had a change of heart since talking to GQ. According to MSN, now the current reigning Sexiest Man Alive is saying that he’s not so sure that he has what it takes to be Commander in Chief.
“I don’t think I would be a great president. Politics is not my business and I’m not a politician.”
Dwayne Johnson just dashed a lot of dreams with these words, but he wants his fans to know that their love and support is still greatly appreciated.
“What has been so flattering over the past week – and really humbling and very eye-opening – is the amount of American people who actually want to see this happen,” he told Entertainment Tonight.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 4, 2017
While the actor isn’t planning on changing America himself, he does have some political advice for President Trump: Don’t ignore the concerns of people who don’t agree with you.
“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,” Dwayne Johnson said of what he’d like to see from the Trump administration. “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.”
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