Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased the prospect of running for president in the name of uniting the country.
During an appearance on the “Today” show, the former “Scorpion King” actor said that he would run for president if the American people truly wanted him to run.
“I do have that goal to unite our country,” he said. “I also feel that, if this is what the people want, then I will do that.”
“I am passionate about making sure that our country is united because a united country, as we know, is the strongest, and I want to see that for our country,” he added.
In response to a Newsweek poll showing that 46% of Americans would want him to run for president, Johnson said on Twitter: “Not sure 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 the people.”
Not sure 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 the people ?????? https://t.co/6Xd9ADzqX7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 9, 2021
Going all the way back to 2016, the “Fast & Furious” star has teased possibly running for president. This past February, while speaking with USA Today about his new sitcom “Young Rock,” which chronicles his childhood, Johnson echoed his 2017 comments to Ellen DeGeneres that he may run for president.
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” he said. “Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people…So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”
In 2017, shortly after former President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Johnson said he was “seriously considering” a run for president
Last September, Johnson labeled himself a “centrist” as he endorsed Joe Biden, clarifying that he has voted for both parties while hailing Kamala Harris as a “certified badass.”
“As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past,” Johnson tweeted. “In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing [Joe Biden] & [Kamala Harris]. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE[.]”
“I’ve got friends in all parties, but the one thing we can always agree on is the conversation and the dialogue, and where that conversation lands is always the most critical part,” he said in a video.
“I thought it was a great and extremely productive conversation that we had, and as a registered independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Senator Harris are the best choice to lead our country, and I am endorsing them to become president and vice president of our United States,” he continued.
Upon Biden’s election, Johnson admitted to crying “manly tears” over the prospect of Harris being vice president.
“I wanted to shoot this yesterday, when the news broke, but I got a little emotional, admittedly so, I got a little emotional yesterday, manly tears of course, I may have cried a tear or two, or ten, but they were all very manly. All my tears are manly,” he said.
Johnson went on to say that he got emotional because of what he felt his vote “represented.”
“My vote represented humanity. My vote represented decency,” he continued. “It represented the values and the principles of which we teach our little girls. My vote also, for me, represented the importance of just being a good, decent human being.”
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