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The Rock Is Third-Most Popular Presidential Candidate After Biden And Trump

by : Cameron Frew on : 06 Jun 2020 11:12
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Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? With any luck, it’ll be the US presidency, because after Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Dwayne Johnson is the most popular candidate. 

In the wake of a powerful Black Lives Matter speech condemning the current president for his lack of leadership in the fallout of George Floyd’s death, Johnson has re-emerged as the People’s Champion for the Oval Office.

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Since being uploaded on Friday, June 4, the video has been viewed more than 13.5 million times on Instagram alone. From there, the Jumanji star’s words have galvanised supporters into pledging bets: bookies now have The Rock as the third most-backed candidate.

You can check out Johnson’s speech in the video below: 

According to OddsChecker, UK bookmakers noticed a surge in support for Johnson following his passionate speech on social media. Despite not even running for president, punters have been placing bets in spades, accounting for 3.34% of all wagers in the market.

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However, he’s also priced at +40000, which means Johnson has roughly a 0.2% chance of Rock Bottom-ing his way into the White House. Biden is the current favourite at -112, with Trump in second at +120.

In the video, Johnson – who generally avoids voicing his views on politics online – addressed the POTUS, saying:

Where are you? Where is our leader at this time? This time where our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out, just wanting to be heard, begging and pleading and praying for change…

Where is our compassionate leader, who’s going to step up to our country, who’s down on its knees, and extend a hand and say, ‘You stand up, stand up with me because I got you. I hear you, I’m listening to you. And you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, until my dying day, my last breath, to do everything I can to create the change that is needed, to normalise equality because Black Lives Matter’?

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However, this doesn’t necessarily put him in with a shot of winning – mainly because he’s not in the race in the first place. As Johnson’s popularity soared to astronomic levels back in 2018 and 2019, the notion of The Rock 2020 presidential campaign spread online.

In 2017, he’d told GQ that the prospect of ditching his position as the highest-paid movie star in the world to run for office was ‘a real possibility’. The next year, he told Rolling Stone he hasn’t ruled out ‘making a bigger impact’, but entering the 2020 race is incredibly unlikely.

Johnson explained: 

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Republicans, Democrats, independents, mayors, strategists, you name it. Just soaking in and listening. Trying to learn as much as I possibly can. I entertain the thought, and thank you, I’m so flattered by it. But I feel like the best thing I can do now is, give me years. Let me go to work and learn.

Maybe one day in the future, we’ll see the jabroni-beating, pie-eating, trailblazing, eyebrow-raising People’s Champ in the White House.

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, Donald Trump, Dwayne Johnson, Joe Biden, Now, The Rock, US President

Credits

OddsChecker and 3 others
  1. OddsChecker

    2020 US Election Odds: Dwayne Johnson The Third Most Backed Candidate Behind Trump And Biden

  2. GQ

    Dwayne Johnson for President!

  3. Rolling Stone

    Dwayne Johnson: The Pain and the Passion That Fuel the Rock

  4. The Rock/Instagram

    @therock