If Donald Trump can do it, why can’t I?
That’s what celebrities around America are thinking to themselves as they contemplate a run for presidency in 2020. Sure, “political experience” and “an understanding of government” may be helpful, but what about the things that really matter? Things like an IMDB page, or even a Teen Choice award.
But seriously. If Donald Trump can do it, why can’t they?
Let’s take a look at some of the celebrities eyeing the Oval Office. Will they run? Who would they run with? Could they actually win?
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
In 2016, Facebook added this to an SEC filing: “Mr. Zuckerberg’s leave of absence or resignation would not constitute a Voluntary Resignation if it were in connection with his serving in a government position or office.”
Now, in 2017, he’s traveling to all 50 states in order to “meet people”, which is a total politician move. It’s pretty clear he’s testing the waters for a transition into politics.
He’s about as charming as a wet towel and awkward even by Silicon Valley standards. But as the CEO of Facebook, he probably knows us better than we know ourselves. If he runs, get ready for the most well-targeted ad campaign of all time.
People have been urging Oprah Winfrey to run for decades, but until now she’s never taken it seriously. After the 2016 election, she was asked if she would consider running in 2020. Her response: “I thought, ‘I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough.’ And now I am thinking, ‘Oh.’”
“Oh” indeed. She’s beloved by millions, known to everyone, and already has a platform to promote herself. If she decides to run, she would have a real chance.
She campaigned for Obama and endorsed Hillary Clinton, so in all likelihood she would run as a Democrat. However, she does have enough money to go it alone.
In the season finale of SNL, The Rock appeared alongside Tom Hanks to announce their 2020 presidential campaign. Sounds like a joke, right?
Maybe not, as it seems Dwayne Johnson is seriously considering a bid for 2020. He’s not content with being one of the most profitable actors in Hollywood and PEOPLE magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year. He wants to rule the free world as well.
The Rock has appeared at both Republican and Democratic conventions, and he’s currently polling better than the current president. So why not?
If the first step in running for president is denying you’re running for president, then Al Franken has already taken the first step. The comedian-turned-Senator has knocked back the idea of doing so, but if the opportunity arises, I’m sure he’ll consider it.
He’s one of the more popular politicians around right now and he’s been able to meld the worlds of entertainment and politics quite nicely.
Kanye announced his bid for the presidency back in 2015 at the MTV Video Music Awards, but we haven’t heard anything about it since. He was one of the few celebrities to endorse Donald Trump, but it’s difficult to see him running as either a Democrat or Republican.
If he does run, it’ll probably be as an independent.
Could Mark Cuban be the Democrat’s answer to Trump?
Cuban took on the role of the anti-Trump billionaire during the presidential campaign, and is now trying to expand his political presence. Clearly, he’s gearing up for 2020. He doesn’t have the same name-recognition as Trump, though, and is pretty much just famous for being rich.
The Duck Commander was quick to endorse Donald Trump in the last election, which came as a surprise to absolutely no one. Robertson and his duck-hunting dynasty are known for their love of guns, love of god, and love of America (in that order).
It’s a message that resonates strongly with a large part of the country. If for whatever reason Trump does not contest in 2020, Robertson may consider throwing his hat in the ring.
Ted Nugent was an outspoken critic of Obama and a passionate Trump supporter. The 68-year-old rocker has an extremely devoted fan base, but outside of that he’s pretty unpopular. His chances of running are slim, and his chances of winning even slimmer.
Katy Perry was a devoted supporter of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, appearing all around the country with her. The pop star isn’t particularly political, but she is an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood.
Remember when men were men?
Clint Eastwood does. The 86-year-old has been in back-in-my-day mode for some time now, calling the current generation the “pussy generation” and ranting at an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Politically, he’s not that easy to categorize. He supports gun control and gay marriage, and has been extremely critical of America’s wars.
Many voters would love a John Wayne-type in the White House, and Eastwood is the closest thing to that. However, he’ll be nearing 90 in 2020, so we can pretty much rule out a run.
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