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17th Feb 2021

The Rock says he is considering running for president

In an interview with USA Today, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson hinted at a potential presidential run at some point in the future

Alex Roberts

The People’s Champion could soon become The People’s President

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has hinted at a potential presidential run at some point in the future.

After leaving the WWE, The Rock has enjoyed a hugely successful career in Hollywood. Could he follow in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s footsteps by embarking on a career in politics?

The 48-year-old’s recent comments would certainly suggest so.

In an interview with USA Today, he said: “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.”

Johnson is the subject of a new sitcom, Young Rock, which looks back at his life so far through a comedic lens.

It is set in 2032, when the older Rock runs for president. His recent comments suggest it isn’t that far-fetched an idea.

Back in 2017, The Rock told Ellen Degeneres that he was “seriously considering” running for the highest public office in the United States.

The world’s best-paid actor, The Rock publicly backed Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election. He also said he cried “very manly tears” when Biden won.

In a video posted to Instagram on November 8th, 2020 – the day after Biden was projected winner – The Rock revealed why the success of the Democrat nominee and his running mate Kamala Harris meant so much to him.

“I cried a tear or two… or 10. But they were all very manly. All my tears are manly.

“The reason I got emotional yesterday was because of what I felt my vote represented.

“My vote represented my little girls. It also represented humanity, decency, and the principles and values Lauren my wife and I instil in our little daughters.

“And finally, my vote represented the importance of just being a decent human being. And to me, being a decent human being matters.”

Whatever happens, scenes such as this would probably look out of place in the Oval Office.