The idea of Donald Trump running for president is an idea that has been tossed around for just under 30 years now. Trump has been considered a potential candidate since the 1988 election. However, it wasn’t until 2011 that the idea truly started to take shape. That’s the year that the media really began focusing on it as a possibility, and Trump let the speculations play out for a little while until finally announcing he wouldn’t be running in the 2012 election. 2011 is also the year that Comedy Central aired “The Roast of Donald Trump”, and of course the potential candidacy for president was a favored topic among the roasters.
Since Trump won the 2016 election, this clip makes me laugh every time. They never thought that a business man and reality TV star would actually succeed at achieving the ever so prestigious title of President of the United States of America.
As stunning as it is that this once star of the hit TV show “The Apprentice” genuinely won the election, he’s actually not the only celebrity that has talked about running for president over the past few years. In 2015, Kanye West was delivering an acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music awards after winning a life time achievement award. At the end of his long drawn out speech, he announced he would be running for president in 2020. I’ll be honest here people, if Yeezy becomes the next American president, I will most likely give up on the human race and go live in Antarctica.
The political pandemonium doesn’t end there however! It turns out former WWE wrestler and now Hollywood actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has previously tweeted his interest in running for president some day.
Cool piece on why I should run for President. Maybe one day. Surely the White House has a spot for my pick up truck..https://t.co/JpkZ4w1eh3
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 25, 2016
A Tweet such as this from the highest-paid actor in Hollywood is bound to draw some attention. Vanity Fair asked Johnson if he was serious about running and he responded by saying:
I wouldn’t rule it out. It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.
But don’t get too excited. It doesn’t doesn’t sound like he’ll be running anytime soon. At least not if you go by what he told GQ in June:
I’ll be honest, I haven’t ruled politics out. I’m not being coy when I say that, but at the moment I am not sure. I can’t deny that the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring.
And beyond that, it would be an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives on a global scale. But there are a lot of things I want to do first.
It’s because of stories like these that I’m beginning to wonder if people still think of the president as the leader of the country, or if the term president has just become a publicity stunt that people do for fun. What do you think? Would Kanye or The Rock make a good president? Personally I’m not so convinced.