Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might be the most popular person on the planet. And to Chris Jericho, he might be the President in 2020.
While appearing in an interview with Business Insider, Jericho was asked about the prospects of The Rock becoming the next President of America and Jericho feels that he has all the necessary elements needed to win an election.
“Everything the guy does turn to gold, ’cause he’s got the work ethic to make it happen,” said Jericho. “Why wouldn’t he want to try politics? I think The Rock, if you look at how he’s built his career, much like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger when he became the Governor of California. When you work to a certain level, how much bigger can you get? How much more can you do?”
He believes that Trump ha set a new standard in terms of who becomes the next President of United States. Trump used his experience and celebrity status to garner support during televised events.
“We’ve entered an era now having [Donald] Trump in the office, whether you agree or don’t agree, he got in because of his celebrity. That’s exactly why. He knew how to play a camera. He knew how to deliver lines. He knew how to be charismatic enough to get people on his side, and that’s what politics is. You know, even [Barack] Obama. As long as you have some money behind you and can deliver lines charismatically, I think Rocky has a chance to really get in there and take over if he wants to do it,” he said.
However, for Jericho, she doesn’t equal presidential merit and Trump’s election might have opened a lot of closed doors.
“We’ve seen that a celebrity can basically come in and make it just on their name and charisma alone, which is kinda scary to me,” said Jericho. “The Rock is great. He’s one of my favorite rivals. One of the best guys I’ve been in the ring with for chemistry. When he was in the business and the top guy on the microphone, I don’t think too many people could touch him, but I could. I’ll be the Vice President! I am gonna be the first undisputed “Prime President” of North America. I’m gonna be the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of America at the same time. And it’s called the “Prime President.” Prime President Jericho. That sounds good.”
Rock’s name was heavily rumoured as a potential candidate for 2020 elections. The actor told Rolling Stone later that he was seriously considering a presidential campaign in 2020.
“Unfortunately I don’t see it happening in 2020,” he said. “It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020,” The Rock told Vanity Fair.