Politics has always been a bit of a circus, but these last couple of decades have brought out the zaniest experiences imaginable.
We’ve seen politicians playing up every single angle imaginable in an effort to get sent to, or stay in, Washington DC, and we’ve seen many come barreling in from outside the world of politics as well.
Donald Trump is just one such example, but he’s a profound one. His unique path to the White House led him through the NYC business world, across the soundstages of NBC, and then right through middle-America.
He’s not the first modern showman to achieve the honor of serving as President, of course, with that distinction belonging to Ronald Reagan.
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Now, however, there appears to be the very real possibility that another sort of entertainer could be eyeing the White House.
Actor and former WWE superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has teased the possibility of a presidential run in the past, said he is still open to it and would consider running in the future “if that’s what the people wanted.”
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” the Fast and the Furious star said in an interview discussing his NBC sitcom Young Rock. “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.”
This appears to be a reiteration of earlier statements by Johnson.
That is not the first time the San Andreas actor has suggested that he is considering a future in the political arena. In a 2017 interview on The Ellen Show, the wrestler-turned action star told viewers that he was “seriously considering” a presidential bid, and he hinted elsewhere, telling Vanity Fair that he “wouldn’t rule it out” — a response to inquiries over a potential 2020 presidential run, which ultimately did not materialize.
“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,” he said at the time.
There is some precedent for these wrasslers to get into politics, however, as Jesse “The Body” Ventura briefly held the title of Governor in Minnesota before getting in tight with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and thusly finding himself on the wrong side of the mainstream media machine.
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