During an interview, which was published on Wednesday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was asked whether he would consider running for president of the United States, and his answer made it clear he wasn’t taking the idea off of the table.
Speaking with Caity Weaver during an interview for GQ, Johnson told her, “I think that it’s a real possibility,” when speaking about making an attempt at securing the presidency.
What spawned the question was actually a similar one asked by Paul Chi of Vanity Fair last November. Chi wished to know whether Johnson would be interested in a presidential run, to which he responded, “I wouldn’t rule it out.”
During the interview with GQ, Johnson admitted he had given the idea of becoming commander in chief some serious thought. Speaking about being asked whether he was considering running for president, Johnson said, “A year ago it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’” He continued, “I didn’t want to be flippant.”
The article continues with Johnson discussing his thoughts on the current president, President Donald Trump, and the job he has done thus far. Johnson stated, “I’d like to see a better leadership. I’d like to see a greater leadership,” continuing, “When there’s a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you’re in a disagreement with – for example, the media – I feel like it informs me that I could be better.”
Johnson went on to say, “We all have issues, and we all gotta work our shit out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out. Because otherwise, I feel, as an American, all I hear and all I see in the example you’re setting is ‘Now I’m shutting you out. And you can’t come.’ [Disagreement] informs us.”
He does on to say, “The responsibility as president – I [would] take responsibility for everyone, especially when you disagree with me. If there’s a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I’m not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it.”
While the idea of Johnson running for president may have seemed far-fetched even just a few years ago, the election of Trump, an individual with no political experience, makes it seem achievable. Ron Meyer, the NBCUniversal vice chairman, said this regarding Johnson potentially running for president: “If [becoming the president] is something he is focused on, he probably would accomplish it. I think there’s nothing that he couldn’t do.”