Like it or not, Donald Trump is our President.
And even if you disagree with his politics (or any other aspect of his administration, for that matter), you have to admit that he did something pretty impressive: He was elected to the most important job in the world without any experience whatsoever.
Well, to be fair, he did have experience as a public figure, and that counts for something these days. If you’ve got charisma, there’s a decent chance that you can spin that charisma into a career in politics; just look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Franken, and Ronald Reagan.
So, who’s the next celebrity to move to the world of politics? We’ve got a few ideas.
1. Dwayne Johnson
The Rock joked on the season finale of SNL that he was running for President in 2020—with Tom Hanks as his running mate. It was a funny gag…but is it really that ridiculous?
Okay, yes, it’s definitely a bit silly. Still, if the former WWE star decided to run for a less prestigious office, he’d likely win, and he’s shown some interest in politics in the past. If you’re wondering, Johnson is a moderate conservative, and in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, he expressed dismay at the Trump administration’s brand of conservatism.
“A lot of people want to see a different leadership today,” Johnson said. “I’m sorry, not different—but better leadership today.”
2. Tim McGraw
We know what you’re thinking: McGraw is a country star, so he’d likely run as a Republican, right?
Nope. McGraw is a moderate liberal, and he’s reportedly interested in politics. He even hinted that he’d run for the Tennessee state senate when he turned 50. He’s currently 49, so we might see McGraw campaigning before long.
“I think it’s frustrating,” Clooney said on Fox News Sunday regarding modern politics. “You know, I grew up as a Democrat in Kentucky in the ’70s, so, you know, I grew up in a place—I was a minority, you know, in that world. I didn’t move to Hollywood and become a Democrat.”
“”It wasn’t as contentious and there wasn’t the idea that once, one party got power that nothing was going to happen from the other side, that they were going to just stop things cold. I worry about that. I think that’s dangerous.”
3. George Clooney
Clooney has been a political activist for quite a while, and while he hasn’t professed an interest in running for a particular office, he’d be a natural choice. The former E.R. star is obviously very charismatic, and he seems dedicated to bringing liberals and conservatives together.
4. Mark Cuban
Cuban referred to Trump’s candidacy as “probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time,” and for a while, he was courted by conservatives as an alternative to Trump. When the Donald won the primary, there were rumors that Cuban would join his ticket—rumors that the Shark Tank star roundly denied.
Still, Cuban would make sense as a conservative candidate. He’s outspoken, charismatic, and intelligent, and his neo-libertarian views would likely resonate with a lot of voters. Still, Cuban hasn’t show a proclivity towards politics, and he’s not a member of the Republican party. He says that he prefers to “think for [himself,” so we might not see him on a major party ticket for the foreseeable future.