The retired professional wrestler-turned Hollywood superstar has repeatedly flirted with the idea entering politics himself, and has weighed in on political issues from time to time, but has never publicly endorsed a candidate before.
Self-described “political independent and centrist” Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, dubbing the 2020 race “arguably the most critical election our country has seen in decades.”
“Look, I’ve got friends in all parties, but the one thing we can always agree on is the conversation and the dialogue, and where that conversation lands, is always the most critical part,” Johnson says in a video posted to Twitter.
The video features Johnson speaking with Biden and Harris, during which the actor brings up his status as an independent and concludes that Biden and Harris are “the best choice to lead our country” based on their supposed core values of “humanity,” “respect,” and “decency.”
The Rock’s announcement instantly divided his fans into several camps, with some asking why he didn’t run himself, and others expressing disappointment and accusing him of “selling out.”
Voting for Biden. Seriously? Those steroids are starting to wreck your brain, bro.
— Jordan Sather (@Jordan_Sather_) September 27, 2020
This is truly a very poor decision. I guess the Rock is more gullible than I thought he was.
— RD (@real_defender) September 27, 2020
Thank you. I will add your name to my list of ppl never to support again. Appreciate you posting this.
— 🇺🇸Conservative Mama🇺🇸 (@ImAwakeRU72) September 27, 2020
Others suggested that “nobody cares” about celebrity endorsements, and asked stars like Johnson to “stay out of politics.”
Well damn. The Rock endorsed Biden/Harris so now I have to vote for them instead of Trump
…said no one with a brain, ever.
Nobody cares 🙌
— Heather (@hrenee80) September 27, 2020
I think celebrities should stay out of politics.
— Neil (@nhalfordsmith) September 27, 2020
Biden supporters similarly came out in force, quivering in anticipation at the thought of Johnson and the president getting into a Twitter fight, and welcoming The Rock to “The Resistance.”
The orange moron is gonna go after The Rock, and I’m here for DJ’s response!!!
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 27, 2020
Favorite part of The Rock endorsement is that he skips past the fake humility part and just asserts a Rock endorsement is intrinsically very important (it objectively is tbc) then digitally summons Biden and Harris and gives them a job interview like theyre interns. king of kings
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) September 27, 2020
Only a few users actually took Johnson on over the sentiments he expressed in his video, including a remark about the Democratic candidates’ supposed “empathy.”
“Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War. That wasn’t kind or empathetic. I voted for Trump because he’s anti-war,” one user wrote.
Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War. That wasn’t kind or empathetic.
I voted for Trump because he’s anti-war.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) September 27, 2020
“Yeah – they haven’t earned our respect,” another wrote, recalling Biden and Harris’s controversial stances on gay marriage and support for a crime bill which led to the mass incarceration of large numbers of African Americans and other minorities for petting crimes.
Joe Biden: “Obama and I are against gay marriage”.
Joe Biden: “Obama and I are FOR gay marriage”.
Biden & Harris: “the Justice system is systemically racist”
Biden & Harris: vote for crime bill & lock up untold bl ppl for petty crimes
Yeah- they haven’t earned our respect.
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) September 27, 2020
Johnson, star of Jumanji and The Fast and the Furious franchise, told Ellen in 2017 said that he was “seriously considering” running for president in 2020, and has previously expressed support for Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren during her run for president. He said he didn’t vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton in 2016, saying he felt neither candidate would good enough.