U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in a working breakfast with President Donald J. Trump and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in London, England, on December 3, 2019. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]
Former Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has named the top three names he thinks can give Trump a challenge for the Republican nomination for President in 2024.
One of them is a big surprise.
Mediaite reports that Mulvaney’s top three included Republicans Tim Scott, a Senator from South Carolina, and Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida.
The third is more surprising.
Mulvaney thinks that Dywane “The Rock” Johnson could be a top contender for the Republican nomination and would have a chance to take out Trump in the 2024 primaries.
“[Gov. Ron] DeSantis [R-FL] could give him a run for his money. [Sen.] Tim Scott [R-SC] can give him a run for his money. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could give him a run for his money,” Mulvaney said.
No, that last name is not a misprint. Mulvaney believes The Rock could lay the smackdown on his former boss in the 2024 primary.
Johnson has openly flirted with a presidential bid for years. His White House ambitions date back to 2017 when he told GQ there was a “real possibility” he would run. He ultimately passed on the 2020 race, but in several2021 interviews, he reiterated that a future bid may yet be in the cards.
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” Johnson USA Today. “Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people … So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”
Mulvaney, who served as Trump’s chief of staff from 20-19 t0 2020 is not alone, a poll in 2021 showed that a majority of American wanted to see The Rock run for president.