Among her prominent supporters, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Cher, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Lena Dunham, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lebron James, Kendall Jenner. The list goes on.
(In a weird twist of inter-connected history, Dennis Rodman became friends with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, and Trump later became the first American president to meet with him. How they became friends is a wild story.)
No, there’s absolutely nothing unusual about a celebrity endorsing a democrat for president. What is unusual, however, is the way he did it.
Unlike some other celebrities who spit venom and mock people who live in “fly over states,” Johnson expressed his opinion while still being respectful of people who hold different points of view (which makes sense as an entertainer to recognize that a lot of your fans hold different political views). The professional wrestler-turned-actor was once a registered Republican and even spoke at a Republican National Convention, but he previously said that he voted for Obama twice and he did not cast a vote for president in 2016. Today, Johnson says he is a political centrist and an independent.
In a short endorsement video, Johnson said that, “I’ve got friends in all parties.” That’s not exactly common for liberal blue Hollywood which generally despises Trump supporters, as seen in the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Larry David wears a MAGA hat in order to keep people away from him.
If all actors talked about endorsements this way, people wouldn’t be so turned off by celebrities getting involved in politics. Republicans might not like that Johnson is supporting Biden, but they probably appreciate the respect he showed while conveying his choice. Johnson showed how to do a celebrity endorsement right.
That said, there’s still good reason for Republicans to question how a self-declared centrist can support Sen. Kamala Harris, who Johnson called a “certified badass,” given that she is a far-left liberal. Maybe it has something to do with the way she wears her Timbs.
Johnson has previously said that he’s considered running for president himself someday.
Before he became a movie superstar, The Rock was a man of the people… click here to watch his signature wrestling maneuver “The People’s Elbow.”