Michael Moore’s flagging relevance was given a shot in the arm during the election cycle, when he was one of the only politicos who called Trump’s win over Clinton. And now, Moore is throwing his hat into a somewhat unlikely ring. In a recent interview with Variety, Moore went on record as wanting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to run for president in 2020, against Trump.
Johnson, while he has roundly denied the rumors that he is considering a presidential bid, has made noises in the past about running for public office. And considering the fact that every presidential candidate in recent history has denied gearing up for a presidential run until they officially announce their candidacy, his denial may not mean much.
When the Variety interview brought up The Rock to Michael Moore, Moore was quick to laud the idea.
“Run the Rock! Run the Rock. Who do you want for commander in chief? I want the f*cking Rock! It would scare anybody that would hurt us. Think about how safe we would be if the Rock was president. Not Vin Diesel! The Rock. Or Liam Neeson, but Liam Neeson can’t run because our constitution says you have to be born here. So who’s the American Liam Neeson that we could run? Because nobody would f*ck with him.”
It was probably the first time the Rock had been called “the American Liam Neeson.”
Recent history attests to how difficult it is for Vin Diesel to squash beef, so Moore may have just bit off quite a lot to chew.
Michael Moore isn’t the only person who thinks a Rock candidacy, or someone like him, would be a wise strategy for the Democratic party. What could be a better antidote to the Clinton fiasco, of running one of the most unliked candidates in the history of the party, than running the one person seemingly every human being on the planet can agree is cool?
“Democrats always shy away from Hollywood,” said Moore. “And I always say to them, ‘Really? Because out where I live, people love Hollywood.’ … The Republicans run Reagan, they run Schwarzenegger. Gopher from ‘The Love Boat’ was elected to Congress in Iowa. They Run Sonny Bono. Why don’t the Democrats run somebody that people love?”
And in a political context where public office is more or less indistinguishable from entertainment, it doesn’t make sense to cling to sanctimonious ideas of what constitutes fitness for office. The Rock definitely has fitness covered.