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What started off as a joke in the middle of the 2016 presidential election chaos may become a reality: Could wrestler-turned-movie-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson make a make a bid to become commander-in-chief in 2020?
"I think that it's a real possibility," he told GQ in a recent interview. “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.’”
Talk of a Johnson 2020 run has been brewing since 2016, when Independent Journal Review published a story about how Johnson could be the man to save last year’s election cycle. A long-time registered Republican, Johnson “has cross-party appeal,” having also attended the Democratic National Convention in 2000. And in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s media-driven rise to the presidency, every celebrity you’ve never heard is running for office, The Rock seems well positioned to turn his universal popularity into political power.
Is it all that crazy to think he could do it? People don’t seem to think so. In 2016, The Washington Post that Johnson’s story make him appealing to a broad swath of American voters.
“He grew up all around the country because of his father’s job but makes his home in Florida, an important state in presidential election years and the place where he played football for the University of Miami. (The locker room was named for him after he made a major donation). Since his pivot to movie stardom, Johnson has become one of the most consistently likable celebrities in America, as measured by the Q Scores Company; he’d begin any race not just with high name recognition, but also with high favorable ratings. Johnson is even descended from James Bowles, a free black man who fought with the British during the Revolutionary War when the kingdom offered land and freedom to black Americans who joined their side. (His mother’s side of the family is Samoan.)”
But it’s not just Johnson’s fame that makes him appealing. He’s humble, hardworking, and came from nothing to live the ultimate American dream.
“‘Johnson grew up poor; he speaks of his family's eviction from a one-room apartment as the formative experience of his adolescence,’ GQ wrote in a glowing profile May 10. ‘He racked up numerous arrests for fighting and petty theft while still a minor. In high school, he found football, which helped him find college.’”
Funny how things come back full circle. When I was 14 me and family were evicted from our 1 bedroom efficiency and forced to leave the state of Hawaii. At that time I made a promise to myself to do everything I could to work extremely hard to make sure we never see another eviction notice again. The only action I could take as a 14yr old punk kid was go straight to the YMCA and hit the iron. At that time all my heroes were big strong dudes who were successful - Eastwood, Arnold, NFL players and Pro Wrestling icons. That's why it was so cool for me to go back to the YMCA this past week, train like an animal and remember where it all started for me. Funny thing I realized as I was training that I still wake up every morning at 4am to train with the mindset that "the wolf is always scratchin' at my door" and that f*cker is delivering another eviction notice. One day I'll get the proper psychiatric therapy I need ;), but until then let's always be hungry, humble and always be the hardest workers in the room. #WolfIsAlwaysScratchin #ButNotAt4am
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That’s the thing: Johnson’s just a good dude. And according to GQ, he’s an incredible listener, and has the memory of an elephant. His work schedule is as crazy as the President’s, and the fact that he is ethnically diverse could work in the Republican’s favor — or the Democrats, depending on which party he chooses.
Though Johnson avoided going public earlier, he also told GQ that both presidential campaigns wanted his endorsement last year, “which I did not give,” he said. “I feel like I'm in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement.”
From the looks of it, the 2020 presidential field will be backed with celebrity candidates, but we’ll be keeping our eye on The Rock. After all, if Kanye West keeps his promise to run in 2020, the strong, level-headed Johnson may be the perfect antithesis to the bombastic rapper-turned-fashion-mogul.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
Military families are suing their private housing provider over 'rampant mold infestation' at Fort Meade
Ten military families are taking their privatized housing provider, Corvias, to court over "appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment" at Fort Meade in Maryland, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by law firm Covington & Burling —which is handling the lawsuit pro bono, according to their press release — details "distressingly similar stories of poorly maintained infrastructure leading to serious problems, such as mold growing on walls, windows, and pipes," at the the installation.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Washington Post. The defendants identified include Corvias Management-Army LLC and Meade Communities, LLC, which is a part of Corvias.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.
The drama unfolded in a hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in which two career U.S. diplomats - William Taylor and George Kent - voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
A system that intercepts enemy rockets and a brand-new munition? Tank you very much.
The Navy is looking into the possibility of sending explosive ordnance disposal units on shorter and possibly more frequent deployments, service officials said on Wednesday.
Right now, EOD techs train for 18 months and deploy for another six months as part of their optimized fleet response plan, but the Navy is conducting a review of that training and deployment cycle, Navy officials told reporters.
A Navy analysis is looking at whether EOD techs should spend a total of 32 or 36 months training and deployed per cycle, said Capt. Oscar Rojas, who leads Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 in San Diego.