— By Esther Chung, Head Copy Editor —
Oprah Winfrey’s Speech at the Golden Globes on January 7, 2018 got the public buzzing as many called for her to run for president— CNN even reported that Winfrey is “actively thinking” about running office in 2020. Winfrey isn’t the only celebrity who is thinking about running for president in the next election, in fact, many other famous figures have expressed interest in the next presidential race. Here are a few of these many celebrities who are considering running for president in 2020.
Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is one of the most likely candidates for the 2020 elections. As many other presidents have done in the past, Trump has expressed his desire to run for a second term in the Oval Office. While he began his first term with much public opposition from politicians, celebrities, and activists alike, his performance in the White House will determine whether he will be able to overcome this negative sentiment and secure his place in office for another four years.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is another well-known star who may be considering running in the 2020 elections. Johnson, a previously registered Republican and a current Independent, first hinted at his interest in getting involved in politics in 2016, raising speculation among fans. In May of 2017, he left fans even more hopeful when he told GQ that it was a “real possibility” that he might run for president. Later that year, in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, he stated he was not yet ready to enter the political world, however, he also admitted that “three-and-a-half years is a long ways away.”
Mark Cuban, a billionaire businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, may be running for president. Cuban, one of Trump’s biggest critics in 2016, said that while Trump might have poisoned the well for business leaders to run for political office, he would still consider running for Office in 2020, presumably as a Democratic candidate.
Kanye West first suggested he would run for President in 2015, at the MTV Video Music Awards, declaring “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” While fans were not sure if he was serious, since then, he has continued to express interest in running for president, even meeting up with current President Donald Trump and tweeting “#2024” after the meeting, raising speculations that he may be delaying any potential presidential pursuits till after the 2020 election has taken place.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has been asked multiple times about his interest in running for president in 2020. As of now, he doesn’t seem to have much interest in this position, telling USA Today, “I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.” However, this answer is not exactly a no, and there have been many reports that he has talked to Trump multiple times after he was elected, leading many to believe he may still be considering running.
In all, Donald Trump’s unexpected victory has opened new doors into politics as people realize that political experience is not necessarily a prerequisite to becoming President. As many celebrities continue to show their interest in the presidential race, some more seriously than others, only time will tell who will actually be running for office in 2020.