Dwayne Johnson has endorsed the Democrats for the 2020 presidential race in what’s the former WWE star’s first-ever endorsement—however based mostly on his more and more political opinions, his selection isn’t a surprise.
Even if Johnson beforehand recognized as a Republican and even spoke on the 2000 Republican Nationwide Conference, the actor has brazenly lambasted President Donald Trump in current months.
In a video posted to Instagram and YouTube which featured the previous Vice President and Senator Harris uploaded Johnson urged that he noticed the Democratic candidates because the clear selection for the 2020 election.
“I’ve by no means publicly endorsed a presidential candidate or vice-presidential candidate in my life,” Johnson mentioned. “You guys are each skilled to steer, you’ve got accomplished nice issues. Joe, you’ve got had such an unimaginable profession, and you have led, for my part, with such nice compassion, and coronary heart, and drive—but in addition soul.”
Chatting with Harris, Johnson continued: “You’ve got been an legal professional, a district legal professional, a state legal professional, a U.S. senator—good, robust. I’ve seen you in these hearings, and for my part you are a licensed badass.”
He captioned the clip: “As a political unbiased and centrist for a few years, I’ve voted for Democrats up to now in addition to Republican. On this crucial election, I imagine Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the very best to steer our nation and as my first ever [public] presidential endorsement, I proudly endorse them for the presidential workplace of our United States.”
Johnson spoke out in opposition to the Trump administration following the federal government’s response to the widespread unrest following the demise of George Floyd by police in Might this yr.
“The place is our chief at the moment when our nation is down on its knees, begging, pleading, harm, indignant, annoyed, in ache with its arms out, simply desirous to be heard?”
Although Johnson would not consult with Trump by identify, it’s clear that he’s addressing the president all through, including: “The place is our compassionate chief who’s going to step as much as our nation who’s down on its knees, and prolong a hand and say, ‘You rise up, rise up with me as a result of I bought you. I hear you, I am listening to you.”
Johnson has additionally expressed political ambitions of his personal and beforehand mentioned he “would not rule out” a possible presidential run.
In 2018, he advised Rolling Stone: “I am not ruling out the concept if I may make an even bigger affect in some way, or probably encompass myself with good folks.”
When requested a few potential transfer into the world of politics final yr, Johnson advised IndieWire, “definitely not proper now.”
He added: “I noticed Kamala Harris’ speech the opposite day and thought it was good. Only for me, I lack the expertise, I lack numerous issues. Actually not proper now.”