In a week of yet more unprecedented events taking place, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson took to social media to deliver a rousing Black Lives Matter speech, condemning US President Donald Trump in the process.
The former WWE superstar was then added to the election market this week by UK bookmakers after taking to his social media platform to air his concerns over the current times we now face ourselves in.
According to Oddschecker, the 48-year-old has received 3.34 percent of all bets since he was added to the market – placing him third behind Trump with 51 percent, and Joe Biden with 35 percent.
Johnson, who isn’t actually running for the Presidency, is still somewhat of a public figure-head for ‘the people’. He often weighs in on social, environmental and political matters when he feels fit, and has one of the biggest followings on all of his social media platforms – mainly Instagram with 186million followers.
Johnson has had to dispel rumours of him running for President in the past, though, has not ruled it out completely, and following the tragic death of George Floyd, Johnson’s speech has only amplified calls for him to run.
Throughout Johnson’s speech, he urges Americans to be the leaders they want to see, repeatedly asking the President, “Where are you?”
There have been mass protests and riots since the horrific death of George Floyd, who died on May 25 after harrowing footage showed the 46-year-old black man repeatedly saying he couldn’t breath as former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of his neck for more than eight minutes.
Although Chauvin has now been charged with second-degree murder, President Trump’s response to the riots and protests has largely incited more anger amongst many Americans, with many citing his lack of empathy and callousness.
In an eight-minute video shared to social media outlets, Johnson urged people to fight for justice and equality, citing an apparently absent ‘compassionate leader’.
Johnson stated: "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 normalise equality because Black lives matter.' Where are you?
"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."
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