The Rock Says He'd Consider Presidential Run 'If That's What the People Wanted'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2021

FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo, Dwayne Johnson attends the premiere of
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is not ruling out a potential presidential campaign in the future if the idea gains significant support. 

In an interview with Erin Jensen of USA Today, Johnson discussed what it would take to get him to run for President of the United States: "I would consider a presidential run in the future if that's what the people wanted. 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."

Running for president is something The Rock has been asked about often in recent years. It dates back to an interview with British GQ in 2016 in which he said he hadn't "ruled politics out." Johnson said in the same interview that the idea of being a governor or president was "alluring."

In 2018, Johnson said he was seriously considering running for president someday, mentioning 2024 and 2028 as potential target elections.

Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election proved that a political outsider could gain the type of support needed to secure the highest office in the United States.

Trump never held political office before running for president, and he was best known for his business ventures, as well as his reality show The Apprentice.

Johnson first became a well-known star in the world of professional wrestling in WWE before going on to become one of the most successful actors in Hollywood.

Like Trump, Johnson has created a business empire of sorts for himself, and he is undoubtedly a household name in the United States and across much of the world.

The Rock referred to himself as "The People's Champion" during his time in WWE, so it makes sense that his potential presidential run hinges squarely on whether the people are supportive of it.


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