The Rock’s po­lit­i­cal fu­ture

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Dwayne John­son has been floated as a pos­si­ble 2020 pres­i­den­tial con­tender, said Josh Eells in Rolling Stone. But in 2016, the pop­u­lar ac­tor known as “The Rock” de­cided not to vote for ei­ther Don­ald Trump or Hil­lary Clin­ton. “It was ei­ther vote for the [can­di­date] I thought would make a bet­ter pres­i­dent than the other, even though I would rather have some­one else, or not vote at all,” says John­son, who voted for Barack Obama twice. John­son de­cided nei­ther can­di­date de­served his vote. The wide­spread dis­sat­is­fac­tion other Amer­i­cans feel with their cur­rent op­tions, he thinks, is the main rea­son both Repub­li­cans and Democrats are woo­ing him to run in 2020. But he’s not throw­ing his hat in the ring—at least now. “I think in a lot of peo­ple’s minds, what Trump has proved is that any­body can run for pres­i­dent,” John­son says. “And in a lot of peo­ple’s minds, what he’s also proved is that not ev­ery­body should run for pres­i­dent. This is a skill set that re­quires years and years of ex­pe­ri­ence.” But if The Rock ever changes his mind, he knows who to call. “There’s a well-known po­lit­i­cal fig­ure who said, ‘All right, lis­ten. If and when you want to run for pres­i­dent, when you text me this word, I’ll come run­ning,’” he says. “‘Don’t text any other word—not hi, not how you do­ing, not what’s up. Just this word.’” That code word? “Free­dom pa­triot,” John­son says.

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