MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Thursday dismissed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s possible bid for the presidency and compared the actor to a “lawn boy.”
Johnson, who is of Samoan and African ancestry, discussed the possibility of running for president in a recent Rolling Stone interview, but he concluded he was not the right person to face off against President Donald Trump in 2020.
When the topic came up on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Republican analyst Steve Schmidt argued that Johnson had qualities that would make him a formidable opponent to Trump.
“There is an element of genuine kindness, interest, he’s a nice person who takes time with every fan,” Schmidt explained. “He’s smart, he’s articulate, he understands that there are things that he doesn’t know. It seems he has a type of humility that is profoundly oppositional to Donald Trump. I don’t look at Dwayne Johnson as a celebrity. I look at Dwayne Johnson as someone who possess qualities of character that are quite oppositional to the incumbent president.”
Scarborough, however, was not convinced that Johnson could rise to the task of being commander-in-chief.
“That’s like saying you let the lawn boy do brain surgery on your mother,” the MSNBC host opined. “And he was kind of a nasty lawn boy, didn’t know how to do brain surgery and he killed your mother. But there’s another lawn boy across the street who is nice and has a better way about him when he’s mowing your lawn and collecting payment for mowing your lawn.”
“I mean, ‘The Rock’ doesn’t know any more about government than Donald Trump,” Scarborough added. “But yet, we’re talking about ‘The Rock’, we’re talking about Oprah… I could go down the list.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC.