Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just made a huge statement against President Trump, insisting that the president has shown that while everyone can, “not everybody should run for president.”
“What I’m sensing now is that we have to pivot back to people who have a deep-rooted knowledge of American history and politics and experience in policy and how laws get made. I think that pivot has to happen,” the multi-blockbuster star told Rolling Stone in an interview that was published this week.
“I think in a lot of people’s minds, what Trump has proved is that anybody can run for president,” the former WWE wrestler said. “And in a lot of people’s minds, what he’s also proved is that not everybody should run for president.”
Of course, Johnson has often flirted with the idea of launching a political bid over the years. Last year, an interesting campaign committee emerged called “Run the Rock 2020.” The organization was formally filed with the Federal Election Commission as part of an effort to bring Johnson into the political arena.
The FEC is a regulatory agency that enforces campaign finance laws.
The filing had come almost two months after Johnson hosted “Saturday Night Live” and jokingly announced his 2020 candidacy during the opening monologue, adding that Tom Hanks would be his running mate.
During the interview with Rolling Stone, Johnson called the talk about a potential leap from Hollywood to politics “flattering.”
“I think it’s also a function of being very unsatisfied with our current president,” Johnson, who is a registered Independent, referred to the “excitement” coming from the public.
“But this is a skill set that requires years and years of experience. On a local level, on a state level and then on a national level,” Johnson said. “I have the utmost respect for our country and that position, and I’m not delusioned in any way to think, ‘Oh, absolutely, if Trump can do it, I can do it, and I’ll see you in 20-whatever, get ready.’ Not at all.”
The actor then said that he did not cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election.
“At the time, I just felt like it was either vote for the [candidate] I thought would make a better president than the other, even though I would rather have someone else, or not vote at all,” he stated.
“I wrestled back and forth with it. We were on the set of ‘Jumanji’ in Hawaii, and it really was like calling on the gods. Give me the answer. Ultimately, it was [to not vote].”
He concluded that in “the next elections, in 2020, I think I’ll be a little bit more vocal in who I support.”
H/T: The Hill