Joe Biden backer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thinks he should be president of the United States, but the debut of his terrible, no good show, <>Young Rock, sure didn’t help his case even though it was clearly created to burnish his presidential bona fides.
On Tuesday, tough guy actor and former pro wrestling superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson told USA Today that he is still open to the idea of running for the White House and would consider running in the future “if that’s what the people wanted.”
Johnson, who has teased the idea of a presidential run many times in the past, spoke to the paper ahead of the Tuesday debut of his new NBC autobiographic comedy series, Young Rock.
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” the Fast and the Furious star said. “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.”
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Johnson, who claims to be a political centrist, endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020, even though they are the most left-wing candidates the Democrat Party has ever floated to lead the country.
“As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past,” Johnson tweeted last year ahead of the 2020 elections. “In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing [Joe Biden] & [Kamala Harris]. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE[.]”
But if the San Andreas actor hoped that his new show would pique people’s interest in his possible presidential candidacy, he has another think coming.
Johnson’s Young Rock clearly aimed to be inspiring, heartwarming, and complementary to the show’s hero, Dwayne Johnson. Instead it came off as pedantic, humorless, clumsy and above all irredeemably arrogant.
The show didn’t even hide the fact that it is meant to force Americans to count The Rock as presidential material because right at the outset is starts as a faux “interview” with a Dwayne Johnson who is… running for president!
It goes on with failed, deadpan jokes and presents Johnson as a blithe, conceited, arrogant, unapologetic carnival barker who thinks he has a “story” to tell America that he just assumes will make him an endearing figure to all of us. But all it really does is show someone who justifies lying as a harmless in order to grift his way through life.
Now, that sort of arrogant, tough guys stuff is fine for a pro wrestler or a film star. But this show that is clearly meant to bring The Rock down to a relatable level fails miserably to make Dwayne Johnson a sympathetic figure.
If this is the sort of person Johnson really is — the sort who thinks driving a cool car or wearing the most expensive clothing is the perfect mark of a worthy man– he needs to stay as far away from the White House as possible.
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