Politics | August 31, 2017 10:22 am

How ‘The Rock’ Could Run for President in 2020 and Win

Quartz makes the political and business case for the surprising potential candidate.

Dwayne Johnson, The Rock
Dwayne Johnson and Tom Hanks "announce" their presidential run during the finale of 'Saturday Night Live' in 2017. (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Most people know Dwayne Johnson as the former WWE superstar who goes by “The Rock,” or potentially because he is the highest paid actor in Hollywood. But Quartz truly believes that he should take on a new venture: President of the United States.

They’re serious too. Quartz says that The Rock is a successful businessperson. He can speak to the masses and he can negotiate. He is approachable yet clearly very, very strong, and he’s the “literal embodiment of hard work.” He basically embodies the idea of the “everyman” because he aspired to make something of himself through sheer grit and motivation.

Quartz has a pretty big task for the actor: “lay the smackdown on petty partisan politics and get Washington back to governing.”

Though this may seem far-fetched, many people did not think a reality-TV tabloid star like Donald Trump would ever be a credible nominee, let alone win.

Plus, The Rock has already talked about his interest in politics, writes QuartzFor starters, during the 2016 presidential campaign, he told GQ that he “hasn’t ruled politics out.” He sees it as an opportunity to make a “real impact on people’s lives on a global scale.” Almost a year later while hosting SNL, he said: “In the past, I never would’ve considered running for president. I didn’t think I was qualified at all, but now I’m worried I’m too qualified.”

Quartz also thinks that The Rock is well liked by both political parties. He has appeared in a get-out-the-vote capacity, writes Quartz, for both parties, and he spoke at the 2000 RNC. He is a registered Republican, but Quartz says today he claims to be an independent.

Basically, Quartz really, really wants the 17-time WWE champion to run. The news org said that he will bring “international star power, serious charisma, and plenty of practice to the spectacle of a presidential campaign.”

But could The Rock actually win? Quartz says yes. He’s relatable. Even though he takes on a lot of tough-guy action roles, which Quartz says could win him the respect and votes of the NRA crowd, you still really want The Rock to be your friend. Plus, he has “ambiguous multicultural appeal” because of his African-Canadian and Samoan ancestry.

Does this mean he would make a good president? Quartz thinks so. It says that The Rock is the most driven and hardest-working man in show business. But he is also a successful entrepreneur with executive experience (he has partnered with Apple and Under Armor, he is a New York Times best-selling author, and named one of Time’s 100 Most influential People in 2016). He communicates exceptionally, and is able to unite people of different and competing ideologies.

Quartz apparently isn’t the only one to feel this way. Public Policy Polling tested various potential candidates against Trump in 2020, and considered Johnson’s prospects. According to the poll, which was taken in May, Johnson would lead Trump 42 percent to 37 percent in a prospective contest. He would convert 15 percent of people who supported Trump in the last election and appeals to both Democrats and Republicans.

Quartz even suggested a slogan for Johnson’s campaign: “Make it Work” because he is “the physical, visible embodiment of this very idea.”