The unique nature of Donald Trump’s path to the White House has inspired a number of possible 2020 contenders, but one such unconventional candidate seems to be more serious than the rest.
There has been no shortage of celebrity interest in politics, especially now that Donald Trump has taken over the duties of Commander in Chief. The businessman, author, and television personality has cast a wide net in terms of his personal empire, and has affected millions of Americans on one level or another. Trump was truly one of the last non-political household names outside of Hollywood, and that notoriety instilled a confidence in the Americans that resoundingly elected him in 2016.
In the past, we have been subjected to the whims of celebrity politicking, but Trump’s ascension to the most powerful office in the land has upped the ante to unbelievable levels. Rapper Kanye West has already declared that he’ll be running for President in 2020, and is safely presumed to be of a liberal mindset. Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock, and others have all speculated on the subject as well, but only one celebrity so far has had a committee formed and registered for his potential run.
“A West Virginia man has formed an official campaign committee to attempt to draft actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson into the 2020 presidential race.
“The organization ‘Run the Rock 2020’ was officially registered with the Federal Election Commission on July 9, according to a Statement of Organization on the FEC website. The entity appears to be the first official effort to draft the 45-year-old Baywatch star, who reportedly holds dual American-Canadian citizenship, into the presidential fray.
“The committee was registered by one Kenton Tilford, who listed a West Virginia address as the organization’s headquarters.
“Emails seeking more information sent to addresses listed for Mr. Tilford and for the ‘Run the Rock 2020’ organization were not immediately returned.
“In a May interview with GQ, Johnson said that a future run for the presidency could be a ‘real possibility’ for him.
“’A year ago, it started coming up more and more,’ the actor told the magazine. ‘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.”‘”
While it is still extremely early to be making predictions about the 2020 presidential race, one can be quite certain that the circus will definitely be coming back to town when the time comes.
The 2016 general election was one of the most tumultuous and arduous political experience of our lifetimes, with a massive shift in the decorum and reality of the candidates. As Hillary Clinton firmly believed that she would be coasting to victory in November, her campaign was struck with a disastrous leak of private emails that detailed, in all of its corrupt glory, the ethical chasm that existed deep within Clinton’s camp and within the DNC itself. If 2020’s contest is anything like 2016’s contest, we will be in for one heck of ride.