Dwayne Johnson Sounds Pretty Serious About Running for President

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Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, talked about possibly running for president. “I also think that over the years I’ve become a guy that a lot of people kind of relate to,” he said.

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The Rock Says, ‘We’ll See’

The actor Dwayne Johnson recently told a GQ reporter that there was “a real possibility” he would run for president. On “The Tonight Show” on Thursday, Mr. Johnson, known as The Rock, wasn’t the least bit coy about it when he spoke to Jimmy Fallon.

JOHNSON: A real national poll that brought together Republicans and Democrats in saying that I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today —

FALLON: Absolutely.

JOHNSON: — to become president. And I’ve been really been blown away. And it’s so flattering. And I think you have to question why. I think it’s because, you know, a lot of people want to see a different leadership today — I’m sorry, not different, but better leadership today, right? A better leadership. I think more poised, less noise. And I also think that over the years I’ve become a guy that a lot of people kind of relate to: get up early in the morning at a ridiculous hour, go to work and spend time with the troops, take care of my family. I love taking care of people. And I think that kind of thing really resonates with people, especially today. I love coming here to “The Tonight Show” crowd.

FALLON: We love you.

JOHNSON: I mean, really, I’ve been blown away. And I’m very flattered by it. Three and a half years is a long ways away. So we’ll see.

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In his monologue, Mr. Fallon noted that President Trump was back to expressing his views on Twitter.

“Trump started tweeting again. Today he criticized the Russia investigation, saying, ‘This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.’ Then one guy was like, ‘Uh, do you still want to see my birth certificate?’” — JIMMY FALLON

Video by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” was so inspired, he made up a presidential nursery rhyme. He quoted from a CNBC report:

“Did you hear what that guy said? ‘The president is awake and he seems angry.’ Trump being awake is breaking news? That sounds less like a president and more like we’re being ruled by the giant from ‘Jack and the Bean Stalk.’ ‘He’s awake and he’s angry’?

“‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the counsel of a special one. Be he alive or be he dead, I grind his bones…

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