Hollywood superstar and pro wrestling legend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is considering a presidential run in 2020. No, seriously. Last week, The Rock had a big profile in GQ magazine in which he delved pretty deep into politics, and said that a run was "a real possibility." Even so, while we in the entertainment media were happy to publish clickbait articles about it, and you the readers were perfectly willing to read them, most of us assumed the whole thing was little more than a joke or a publicity stunt. But The Rock isn't screwing around here, and shame on you for doubting him. Earlier this week, a poll came out showing that Johnson would beat Donald Trump in a real election if Trump were to go one one one with The Great One.
Rocky then appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday, and there he addressed the response to his announcement that he would "consider" a run for president. "The surge and the groundswell since then has really been amazing," Johnson said to cheers from the audience. "I'm so incredibly flattered."
While the prospect of a pro wrestler as president of the United States seems outrageous on its surface, it's pretty hard to argue that Johnson could possibly be worse than Trump, despite his flaws as a candidate. And he has them, beyond his lack of political experience. There's more than a decade of footage from Johnson's pro wrestling days that shows his onscreen character saying and doing objectively misogynistic and homophobic things that could be used in campaign ads and attack footage, and for a wrestling star of The Rock's caliber, and from an era in the business that was less scripted than it is today, Johnson would have come up with and developed a lot of those aspects of the character himself, making it difficult for his campaign to sweep it away as just "a character he played on TV." That's if people could even separate the character from the person in the first place, of which there's no guarantee people can.
But even with all of that, it still doesn't compare to the things Trump has done and said while not playing a character at all, and if The Rock were to run against Trump, it would be hard to use those things against him since they might actually appeal to Trump's base. The whole thing seems more possible than ever when you consider that, in addition to all of the ridiculous things that should have made a Trump presidency completely impossible, Trump himself is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, having participated in a high profile match at WrestleMania 23 and even taken a signature Stone Cold Stunner from The Rock's own longtime rival, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Trump couldn't even use the "at least I'm not a pro wrestler" argument. He'd be totally outmatched on every level.
"There's a national poll that just came out this last week, a real national poll, that brought together Republicans and Democrats that said I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today to become president," Johnson continued telling Jimmy Fallon, before going in what's starting to sound like the beginnings of a stump speech. "I think it's because a lot of people want to see a different leadership today. Not different, a better leadership today. More poise, less noise. I think over the years I've become a guy that a lot of people relate to. I get up early in the morning at a ridiculous hour, go to work, spend time with the troops, take care of my family. I love taking care of people. And I think that kind of thing really resonates with people today."
"I've been blown away, and I'm very flattered by it," The People's Champ finished before once again suggesting that this is a real thing that could happen. "Three and a half years is a long way away, so we'll see."
Will The Rock really lay the smackdown on Donald Trump's roody poo candy ass in 2020? There's a no bull****, legitimate possibility that he will. Don't believe us? Watch the video below, and see if you smell what The Rock is cooking: