Now that Donald Trump has proven the celebrities can indeed be elected to the highest office in the country, don’t be surprised if more well-known name decide to try their luck at politics.
Here’s seven names you may see on a ballot before much longer:
Michael Moore first mentioned that Democrats should emulate Republicans and nominate Oprah to run against Donald Trump, saying:
“Why don’t we run beloved people? We have so many of them. The Republicans do this—they run Reagan and the Terminator [Schwarzenegger] and other people.”
But here’s what Winfrey has said about the idea:
“I can tell you one thing you can be assured of in this lifetime: As long as I’m black, I will not be running for office. Never.”
Another name floated by Michael Moore, Hanks has been suggested as a contender for 2020. But Hanks doesn’t sound too enthusiastic, commenting:
“Just because I’m an actor, I can give a good speech, I agree with that. But the concept of actually voting for someone just because they can do that? Then [game show host] Monty Hall could have been president of the United States.”
The actor has been involved in progressive causes for years, forming the advocacy group, Not on Our Watch, with fellow actors Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, in 2008 to address global human rights violations. He would seem a natural fit for the Democrats, but asked in 2015 about the possibility, he remarked:
“I’ve been asked that for almost 20 years now and the answer is just no. Who would ever want to live like that?”
The comedian and actor played the role of president in the 2003 movie Head of State,” in which he was cast as a local Washington D.C. politician chosen to run for president as a replacement candidate after the nominee dies in a plane crash.
A couple of days after Trump won, Rock sent out a tweet which read:
“I’m gonna run in 2020 wish me luck. A big announcement is coming soon.”
Perry raised some eyebrows when she sent out an Instagram photo of her standing between former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush with this caption:
“42, 43, 46?!”
In 2015, not long after Trump announced his ban on Muslims entering the United States, Smith told CBS:
“If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena.”
Smith later said he’d had just been joking with his comments.
Though he may be a star in country music–which tends to have a very conservative fan base–McGraw is a Democrat. And in 2006 he suggested he might jump into the political arena in 10 to 15 years. And in 2012 McGraw told a newspaper in Minnesota:
“If one of these days I’m in a position where I can give back and feel like I’m smart enough to help and not just doing it for the hell of doing it, then it would be something I’d consider.”
Additionally, here are some other stars who have been mentioned as possibly seeking office:
- Duane “The Rock” Johnson
- Mark Cuban
- Kanye West
Will any of these stars toss their proverbial hats into the ring? Time will tell.
h/t The Hill
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