In a new interview with Variety while promoting his new film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- hitting theaters on Wednesday, December 20 -- the former WWE superstar further delves into the the topic of running for President of the United States, and it's not a publicity stunt.
...on his movie career, if he does consider running for presidency.
DJ: "I couldn’t do both. Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we’re developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021, so it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024."
...on how his political ambitions came to fruition after a June 2016 column in the Washington Post stated he could actually win the presidential election.
DJ: "It all started out of the blue. It was never something that I trumpeted and beat my chest and ever said publicly, ‘This is what I’m going to do,’ but as that story picked up, Americans picked it up and there was this sentiment of, ‘We’re not joking, and we would really love the idea if you would run,'"
He continues, "In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it. That’s where I’m at right now — I’m well aware politics is not the business I’m in, so the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can. I’m continuing to watch our presidency and watch how every new development is handled. I continue to watch our leaders in government, and like all Americans, I continue to be hopeful that our leaders exhibit poise, perspective and the ability to bring our country together during these tough times — which I don’t feel our presidency is currently doing — so that’s where I’m at."
...on why he's toying with the idea of really running for president.
DJ: "I care deeply about our country, and I care deeply about our people – especially now. Decency matters and being a decent human being matters, and character matters, and leadership matters."
...on his stance on the current political climate and divisive nature of the country.
DJ: "I think this is just a product of my DNA, in that when there’s an issue, that’s the time we have to come together, work hard to understand each other and ultimately get to a better place. For example, when it’s a polarizing issue like our NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, that’s not a time to be divisive and shut them out of the White House. It’s the time to actually open the doors and bring those players in so our President and staff can understand exactly what the needs are — face to face, so change and positive progress can happen — but that’s not happening right now."
...on hot topic issues sweeping the country currently, such as sexual harassment in the workplace.
DJ: "I’ve shaken the hands of a few of these men, and I want to choke them out, but it’s important to stay poised right now and keep that in mind."
For more, read the interview in its entirety directly at Variety.
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