Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has officially thrown his weight behind a political candidate. Johnson used his Instagram account to publicly endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
For the most part, other than a small flirtation with running for president himself in 2020, Johnson, 48, has spent most of his life being apolitical even while Hollywood was overflowing with activism.
On Sunday, Johnson used 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: