Dave Bautista, the star of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and former WWE superstar, endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a new campaign ad. The support came on the heels of Brad Pitt sharing a pro-Biden narrative.
Bautista is the second former WWE superstar turned Hollywood celebrity to endorse Biden. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has also endorsed Biden. Brad Pitt’s World Series spot also hailed Biden as a “president for all Americans,” and Bautista focused on a topic he is extremely familiar with, being a “tough guy.”
“We talk about the difference of being tough and someone who portrays himself as a tough guy,” the 51-year-old says in his video as footage of Donald Trump rolls.
“It’s easy to lie to people. It’s easy to bully people. That does not make you a tough guy. It’s easy to tell someone what they want to hear. It’s not easy to tell someone what they need to hear. We’re not in good shape, but this is how we’re going to get out of it. That is being tough.
“This country more than anything right now needs someone who’s going to have a plan, so we can get back on track,” continues Bautista, wearing a T-shirt with the word “Freedom” stamped across it. “A leader is someone who can unite people, who take responsibility. That’s toughness. That is Joe Biden.”
We don’t need a bully with lies and empty promises. We need a tough American Public Servant with a plan. 🇺🇸 #BidenHarris2020 #vote #VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare #VoteThemAllOut pic.twitter.com/DJ8AxopqAC— Super Duper Fly (@DaveBautista) October 25, 2020
“The guy who is respected, who can talk to people, who can work out disputes, a guy who can be a leader, he’s stepping back into this fight, for Americans. It’s that simple. That is the guy we need running this country.”
Batista shared his video on Sunday morning, tweeting, “We don’t need a bully with lies and empty promises. We need a tough American public servant with a plan.”
This is not the first time Batista has thrown his support behind Biden. He also expressed his support for Biden’s gun reform even though he is a gun owner.
Actor and WWE megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also endorsed Joe Biden recently, using Instagram to share a virtual conversation that he had with the Biden and Harris and then he officially gave them his public endorsement.
“I’m going to be pushing this political conversation just a little bit more,” he began the video before he introduced his chat with the Biden and Harris.
“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. Now, this is something that I’ve certainly not done in the past, so I’m going to go big. You guys know me, if I go, I go big!”
Johnson then added: “As a registered Independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Sen.”
“Harris are the best choices to lead our country, and I am endorsing them to become president and vice president”, The Rock said.
Johnson, the former WWE superstar, and Hollywood icon then shared a recent conversation that he had with Biden and Harris in which he appeared virtually from his home while they sat together on a stage.
He began by sharing what he saw as the duo’s respective qualifications for the White House.
“You’ve led, in my opinion, with great compassion and heart and drive, but also soul,” he said of Biden.
Johnson then addressed Harris, “You’ve been an attorney, a district attorney, a state attorney, a U.S. senator, smart, tough – I’ve seen you in those hearings – and, in my opinion, you are a certified bada–.”
Johnson also used the opportunity to ask both Biden and Harris a question.
Reflecting on the recent death of his father, Rocky Johnson, he noted that one of the late WWE Hall of Famer’s mottos was that respect is something to be earned.
“How will you earn the respect of the American people once you’re inside the White House?” he asked.
“By doing what we say we’re going to do, by keeping our word, by leveling with the American people, by taking responsibility,” Biden responded without hesitation. “When we fail, acknowledge it. We’re not going to be perfect, but take responsibility!“
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 added: “it’s about trust, right? As we know the nature of trust… it’s a reciprocal relationship. You give and you receive trust.”
Harris continued, “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’s leap into political endorsements comes on the heels of him sharing that he did not vote in 2016, but that he did vote for Barack Obama twice.
He shares that in 2016 he felt the choices were not adequate on either side.
“At the time, I just felt like it was either vote for the [candidate] I thought would make a better president than the other, even though I would rather have someone else, or not vote at all. I wrestled back and forth with it. We were on the set of ‘Jumanji’ in Hawaii, and it really was like calling on the gods. Give me your answer. Ultimately, it was [to not vote].”
You can view Johnson’s endorsement below: