We’re One Step Closer to The Rock Running for President in 2020

The first official campaign committee in support of a Dwayne Johnson presidency, “Run The Rock 2020,” was filed with the Federal Election Committee on Sunday, because why the hell not, right?

In today’s carnivalesque political atmosphere, the actor/WWE superstar/part-time meme isn’t as unlikely of a candidate as he might appear at first blush.

The concept of a Rock presidency first entered the public discourse after he appeared on the cover of GQ’s June 2017 issue, with an accompanying interview that made Johnson seem like a likable, genuine guy- and maybe even a viable candidate.

During the interview, Johnson called a presidential bid a “real possibility.” The article went on to discuss his boundary-transcending appeal, due to both his ethnic ambiguity and his evident charisma.

In the magazine, the article ran with the headline: “Vote The Rock.” Online, the header reads: “Dwayne Johnson for President!” Subtle stuff.

But nonetheless, the suggestion was pretty tongue-in-cheek, and was treated as such. Johnson appeared on SNL in late May and “announced his candidacy” with Tom Hanks by his side.

Sunday, however, marked the first official step towards Dwayne “The President” Johnson when a man named Kenton Tilford filed with the FEC. Tilford listed himself as both the Custodian of Records and the Treasurer of the committee on the Statement of Organization, a form that is required “if total contributions received or total expenditures made exceed, or are expected to exceed, $50,000 in any calendar year,” according to the FEC website, although committees can still register without that expectation.

News of the campaign committee’s creation received some amused support from Trump opponents.

Johnson himself has yet to respond to the committee’s establishment or the surrounding buzz, but if he were to move forward with a presidential campaign, his next step would be to file his Statement of Candidacy with the FEC. Whether or not he’ll step into the political ring remains to be seen.

Tilford’s Twitter bio lists him as the founder of Run The Rock 2020. The campaign committee also has its own Twitter account and a website that I signed up for twice but couldn’t access because it said my email addresses weren’t authorized.

But if you’re interested in updates on the committee and don’t mind refreshing your browser a lot, you can smell what Run The Rock 2020 is cooking here.

The Rock Is Seriously Considering Running for President

As America sinks deeper into a political pit of despair, the world is looking towards the next election in the hopes of a brighter future.

For some that hope may come in the form of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who, in a recent GQ profile, has suggested that he is seriously considering a run for president.

When the interviewer directly asked whether he was considering joining the race, Johnson said: “I think that it’s a real possibility.”

Last June, The Washington Post published an op-ed suggesting he could be a viable candidate. Johnson responded on Instagram at the time, saying the Post piece was “interesting” and “fun to read,” and that “the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country.”

Johnson explains to GQ that’s he’s given it a lot more thought since then: “A year ago, it started coming up more and more.  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.’ I didn’t want to be flippant. ‘We’ll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!’”

In the profile, Johnson, who identifies as neither a Republican or a Democrat, also criticizes President Trump, slamming the proposed “Muslim ban” and saying, “I’d like to see a better leadership. I’d like to see a greater leadership.”

For what it’s worth, Ron Meyer, the NBCUniversal vice chairman could see a Rock presidency, “If [becoming the president] is something he focused on, he probably would accomplish it. I think there’s nothing that he couldn’t do.”