Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?
If you’re Michael Moore, you’re smelling former WWE champ and current box-office heavyweight Dwayne Johnson cooking up a presidential campaign aimed at sending Donald Trump out of the Oval Office in 2020.
Moore was one of the few media pundits who correctly predicted the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star would beat Hillary Clinton in last year’s election, and in a new interview with Variety the “Fahrenheit 911” director is ready with his pick for Democratic nominee.
“Run the Rock! Run the Rock,” declares Moore. “Who do you want for commander in chief? I want the f***ing Rock! It would scare anybody that would hurt us.”
He adds: “Think about how safe we would be if the Rock was president. Not Vin Diesel! The Rock. Or Liam Neeson, but Liam Neeson can’t run because our Constitution says you have to be born here. So who’s the American Liam Neeson that we could run? Because nobody would f*** with him.”
Perhaps his tongue is planted in his cheek, but only slightly. “One thing the Democrats didn’t understand is that Trump is a beloved TV star. I’ve had this question now for almost 20 years — why don’t the Democrats run Tom Hanks? Why doesn’t Oprah run? Why don’t we run someone that’s beloved by the American people?” Moore ruminates.
“Democrats always shy away from Hollywood, and I always say to them, ‘Really? Because out where I live, people love Hollywood! They love the movies. They love stars.’ The Republicans run Reagan, they run Schwarzenegger. Gopher from ‘The Love Boat’ was elected to Congress in Iowa. They run Sonny Bono. Why don’t the Democrats run somebody that people love?”
But would Johnson actually consider taking a run at the White House? Judging from the number of times he’s spoken about it publicly… totally!
For example, in a November 2016 Instagram post he mused: “The idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring.”
Interesting piece from The Washington Post on if I ran for POTUS I could actually win. Writer Alyssa Rosenberg did some pretty good research into my background (slave descendants fighting for their freedom, Revolutionary War etc). Much more to uncover but well done. 👍🏾 More and more pieces like this are popping up due to the Presidential election and they're cool/fun to read… I care DEEPLY about our county… and the idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring. Buuuuut until that possible day, the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country. Thanks again Washington Post. 🇺🇸 💪🏾
And that wasn’t even the first time the Rock pondered the idea of becoming president. Earlier in 2016, he also discussed his presidential ambitions.
“As time goes on, we take the temperature of the American people, and if it is a positive, overwhelming, strong: ‘We want you to run for president,’ and if I felt that I could step up to the plate and become a tremendous leader and make a real difference and make change, I would do it,” he said in an interview with “Good Morning America”.
Back in 2012, Johnson likewise made headlines when he revealed his presidential ambitions in an interview with Moviefone.
“Right now the best way that I can impact the world is through entertainment. One day, and that day will come, I can impact the world through politics,” he said at the time. “The great news is that I am American, therefore I can become president.”