Dave Bautista says he'd vote for him. Michael Moore is calling on him to run. Heck, even the Washington Post is throwing his name in the ring. Now the man himself, Dwayne #TheRock Johnson, has commented on whether he'd give a run at the White House a try.
In a lengthy new interview with GQ, the #WWE superstar turned world's highest-paid actor opened up about his possible political aspirations. While he initially thought the idea was interesting and just for fun, now it seems like he's giving serious thought to becoming the next president of the United States.
“A year ago it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful,’" Johnson said. "I didn't want to be flippant—‘We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!’”
When asked whether he'd give up his multi-millionaire lifestyle for the quiet life of the Oval Office, Johnson said, “I think that it's a real possibility."
The former wrestler and Hollywood stud believes that he's at a point in his career where he carries more influence over the world than ever before. That's why he choose not to endorse either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
“I feel like I'm in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement. But I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the process and felt like if I did share my political views publicly, a few things would happen—and these are all conversations I have with myself, in the gym at four o'clock in the morning—I felt like it would either (a) make people unhappy with the thought of whatever my political view was. And, also, it might sway an opinion, which I didn't want to do.”
As for what he thinks about the current Commander-in-Chief, the registered independent gave a diplomatic answer.
“With any job you come into, you've got to prove yourself," Johnson said. “Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody... It's hard to categorize right now how I think he's doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see.”
He did add that he'd "like to see a better leadership" and that even if people disagree, they should be able to talk things out. Maybe things will change if the Rock starts dishing out People's Elbows in Washington.