Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Because it smells an awful lot like a career in politics. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has announced that he's considering a presidential run after Trump serves his term(s).
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, The Rock said, when asked about a potential run,
"I wouldn't rule it out... It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it's possible. This past election shows that anything can happen."
Anything, indeed, can happen. According to every mainstream narrative about the election, based on fairy tales, highly preened poll results and general tea leaf reading from the media class, Trump should not have won. At this point, it's a cliche to say that it's a shocking development. For lots of people, it's an unpleasant one.
A Dwayne Johnson presidency probably would not pack the same existential wallop that the Trump win does. And considering the country's political climate, when policy takes a distant back seat to personality, Rock sitting in the Oval Office is nowhere near a far-fetched proposition.
People were already talking about a celebrity president long before Trump seized the reins. The notion of amending the Constitution to permit Arnold Schwarzenegger to run was tossed around with a fair degree of seriousness. In fact, it's surprising that we aren't already hearing his name in reference to 2024 too.
Rock's thought about it before. Back in May, he tweeted in response to an International Journal Review speculating about a possible run, saying, "Cool piece on why I should run for President. Maybe one day. Surely the White House has a spot for my pick up truck."
Johnson is a megacelebrity, the rare kind who is almost universally beloved. Have you ever heard anyone sneer at him in the way we do about Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian?
Another celeb, Kanye West, is making noises about throwing his hat in the ring for the next election. Kanye is a more controversial personality than The Rock - despite his insane level of popularity, he's ruffled feathers in the political world before with various remarks. Most famously, he accused George W. Bush of "not liking black people" in response to FEMA's failure to intervene after Hurricane Katrina.
Is America ready for another celebrity candidate? As it stands right now, absolutely. We'll see where we are in four years. It's entirely possible we still won't really care about whether our politicians have traditional credentials.