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Dwayne “the rock” Johnson contemplating run for President in 2024, come on man


Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is now considering running for President in 2024. Now at first I thought Trump running would be a big joke and what were his qualifications. Trump has done a much better job than his community organizer predecessor. But can “the rock really pull this off? Remains to be seen.

It started off as a joke, then it became more serious. Now Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson says running for president in 2020 is “a real possibility.”

The pro wrestler and Hollywood mogul made his latest quips to GQ magazine, which published a highly entertaining cover story on the star Wednesday.

Johnson said it was about a year ago, around the time The Post Alyssa Rosenberg published an essay explaining why Johnson could be a viable candidate, that the actor began thinking about running for office more seriously.

“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 told GQ’s Caity Weaver.

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“I didn’t want to be flippant,” he added about what his platform might be, such as giving joke responses like “We’ll have three days off for a weekend!” or “No taxes!”

Weaver writes: “So, after all that consideration, Johnson doesn’t hesitate when I ask him whether he honestly might one day give up his life as the highest-paid movie star on earth — which is unquestionably easier, more fun, and more lucrative than being president of the United States — in order to run for office. ‘I think that it’s a real possibility,’ he says solemnly.”

Johnson poked fun at the at President Obama in 2013 and 2015 on Saturday Night Live but said he would be much more serious as President.

“When there’s a disagreement, and you have a large group of people who you’re in a disagreement with — for example, the media — I feel like it informs me that I could be better,” he said. “We all have issues, and we all gotta work our [crap] out.”

He added, “[Disagreement] informs us. 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.”

Only time will tell if “the rock” is serious about a run at the Presidency. Perhaps before he jumps in the race he should talk with Trump and get tips on dealing with the press. And it may be a good idea to retain Sarah Huckabee Sanders if she is still on staff.

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