The 2020 presidential election is heating up, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has just announced his endorsement. Where many celebrity athletes, actors, singers and other public figures are criticized for weighing in politically, Johnson decides he is cooking his own rules this year.
On Sunday, the actor, and former pro wrestler, made his first public presidential endorsement by announcing his support for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris. The pair will challenge President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020.
“As a political independent and centrist for many years, I’ve voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican,” the star shared, adding in an accompanying video that he’s “got friends in all parties.” This time around, he’s going Democrat, calling Biden and Harris the “best choice to lead our country.”
The video goes on to include Johnson having a Zoom conversation with the two candidates. Biden greets the actor as “DJ,” while Harris tells the star she’s a fan of Jumanji and the Fast and the Furious films. In return, the 48-year-old praises Biden for leading “in my opinion, with great compassion, and heart, and drive, but also soul.” He considers the “smart, tough” Harris to be a “certified badass.”
During the conversation, Johnson pressed the pair on how they’d earn the respect of their fellow Americans. Biden vowed to take responsibility, tell the truth and have an administration that is “going to look like America” and “be representative of all of America.” Biden continued, “Tell the truth! It sounds so basic, but the American people are strong, they’re tough. They can take anything if you level with them and tell the truth.”
Harris chimed in, “it’s about trust, right? As we know the nature of trust, it’s a reciprocal relationship. You give and you receive trust. And one of the foundations of trust is truth, you must speak truth. But here’s the reality, truth can sometimes be difficult to hear and for that reason sometimes people don’t speak it, but you cannot have trust if you don’t speak truth. You know that as a parent.”
Johnson ended his video by reiterating the importance of “progress through humanity, progress through decency.” In his Instagram caption, he wrote, “Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness and respect. Being KIND & RESPECTFUL to one another will always matter. Now we must ALL VOTE.”
Johnson’s rare endorsement comes a week after singer, Pink caused a stir with her Biden-Harris T-shirt. Pink posted to her Instagram last week declaring her support for the Biden-Harris team.
You can see Johnsons post here.
You can see Pink's post here.
The first presidential debate is Tuesday, September 29th starting at 7:00PM EST.
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