Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been on the Georgia coast lately, filming the “Baywatch” adaptation co-starring Zac Efron. Up next, a run for the presidency?
“Maybe one day,” Johnson posted. “Surely the White House has a spot for my pick-up truck.”
His tweet was in response to a movement, launched on Friday, to draft him as an independent candidate.
“The country is heading towards a disastrous election and Dwayne Johnson is the only one who could launch a winning independent campaign in time,” the web site DwayneForPresident.com asserts. “This is not just a movement of The Rock’s biggest fans. It is a combined effort of people who have seriously analyzed the possibilities and people who already know and love The Rock.”
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The campaign for President Rock emerged just as a new Gallup Poll, released Friday, indicates Republican voters are becoming increasingly cynical about the way the election process works in America. Of the 1,012 people surveyed from any party, only 30 percent said the process was working the way it should, down from 37 percent who said the same thing in January.
Meanwhile, conservative talk show host Erick Erickson, perhaps the voice of Republicans working to derail a Donald Trump presidential nomination, tells AJC political writer Greg Bluestein that he’s had to hire bodyguards after receiving death threats connected to his anti-Trump crusade.
The Rock is a Republican but has plenty of alliances on both sides of the aisle.
“I have good friends who are politicians on both sides,” he once told the Associated Press. “Clinton is a good buddy of mine, Obama is a good buddy of mine. A multitude of people who are buddies.”
He’s certainly great at connecting with people. He posted these images of his visits with young patients in Savannah after “Baywatch” filmed scenes at their hospital:
The site attempting to lure him into politics diligently listed a long list of creds and attributes its supporters believe make him right for the job:
“Dwayne would appeal to independents and across parties He has appeared at both Democratic and Republican national conventions and actually addressed the Republican convention as part of a get-out-the-vote effort. He has long been a registered Republican, but his views and experiences transcend party lines, as do his friendships with major political figures. He is an independent thinker of great integrity and a natural born leader.He would appeal to working people and the middle class, young people and old, minorities, those who feel the American dream is leaving them behind, and to all those fed up with broken promises and old thinking.”