Dwayne Johnson calls out POTUS in passionate video

The Rock said he looking for a 'compassionate leader.'
June 4, 2020 11:48 a.m. EST
June 8, 2020 6:28 p.m. EST
Rumours of Dwayne Johnson possibly running for president in 2020 made headlines a few years ago but have since died down and while the actor has long used his platform to spread messages of inclusivity and empathy, for the first time, he is getting political. In an eight-minute video that Johnson posted on social media on June 3, the movie star is demanding to know where the leader of the free world is right now when the country is in serious need of guidance.Johnson asks for President Trump several times throughout the video, though never by name, questioning why there is no leadership in the United States while it is in the midst of one of its most critical moments in modern history. "Where are you? Where is our leader? Where are you?" he asked. "Where is our leader at this time? This time where our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out, just wanting to be heard, begging and pleading and praying for change. Where are you?"[video_embed id='1971623']RELATED: Drake, Beyoncé, and Ellen Pompeo are speaking out against police brutality[/video_embed]Speaking directly to the camera for the entire video, Johnson continues, saying "Where is our compassionate leader who’s going to step up to our country, who’s down on its knees, and extend a hand and say, ‘You stand up, stand up with me because I got you. I hear you, I’m listening to you. And you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, until my dying day, my last breath, to do everything I can to create the change that is needed, to normalize equality because Black lives matter?" Johnson is the latest celebrity to shut down the All Lives Matter chatter, making it clear once again that the Black Lives Matter movement is not about devaluing the lives of non-black people. "Of course, all lives matter, but in this moment right now, this defining, pivotal, explosive moment where our country is down on its knees, we must say the words: Black lives matter."The wrestler-turned-actor-turned-entrepreneur, who is known for his inspiring social media posts and speeches, said he was speaking out not as a celebrity, but as a husband and father. “I am a man who is frustrated, who is angry, who is disappointed. But I’m also doing my best to stay focused and as calm as I can possibly be in the pocket to make the best decisions for my family and make the best decisions for our country,” he said. “As we wait for our leader to emerge, we must become our own leaders, because we’re doing it now.”Johnson ended the video on a positive note, applauding those across the U.S. and beyond who are continuing to fight for an end to systemic racism. “The process of change has already begun. You guys stay strong.”[video_embed id='1969669']RELATED: Trudeau pauses before answering question on Trump[/video_embed] 

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