Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson breaks Instagram records after endorsing Biden-Harris for president: ‘Always speak your truth’.
American Wrestler and film star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Thursday became the most followed American man on Instagram, a milestone reached after registering a record-breaking 200 million followers on the social media platform.
The feat comes little more than a week after the action star and former WWE wrestler endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris in the upcoming presidential election against President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Since then, he’s gained about 200,000 Instagram followers, according to Trackalytics, which provides statistics about social media. Currently, Portuguese star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo tops the overall ranking followed by singer Ariana Grande.
Johnson then sent this message to his followers after checking out the stats;
“Officially the most followed man in America
What a past few weeks.
At times very loud & spicy
I spoke my truth with a little poise, dignity & respect and here’s the result:
Tidal wave of quiet support surging past 200 MILLION followers on IG. 300M+ total across all platforms.
#1 Most followed man in America.
(and #1 daddy at home)
Love you guys and thank you!
Let’s keep building and putting in the hard work
In a video posted on the same platform Johnson shared his experiences and lessons learned in the past few days;
“The life lesson I wanna share with you guys is to always speak your truth,” Johnson said. “Always speak your truth and do your best to speak your truth with compassion, with a little bit of poise, with a little bit of dignity, with respect and with empathy, even when speaking your truth means you’re gonna dive into some conversations that might make people a little uncomfortable.”
Those kinds of conversations are important to have, he said, because what’s on the other side of them is clarity and progress. “And I want to tell you guys: thank you, thank you, thank you for, I mean, deep here in my bones, thank you guys for giving me the space to speak my truth,” he added.
Johnson’s presidential endorsement was a big deal for him, because he’s never made one before. The highest-paid actor of 2020, according to Forbes, had a virtual discussion with the two that he included in his post publicly throwing his support to the Democratic ticket.
The Skyscraper star said then that he’s voted for both Republicans and Democrats in the past. He described himself as “a political independent and centrist for many years,” but this year’s feels that Biden and Harris are the “best choice to lead our country.”
It all started when the actor posted his support on social media for the Democratic candidates, including an interview with both with the self-proclaimed “registered independent with centrist ideologies” saying they are “the best choice to lead our country”.
Johnson posted his statement on Instagram and Twitter a week ago which he said was his first public presidential endorsement, adding: “Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT.”
His post also contained a video of his conversation with Biden and Harris. In it, he asked them how they would earn the country’s respect. Biden answered: “By keeping our word. By levelling with the American people. By taking responsibility … That sounds so basic, but the American people are strong, they’re tough. They can take anything if you level with them and tell the truth.” Harris added: “Truth can sometimes be really difficult to hear, and for that reason sometimes people don’t speak it. But you cannot have trust if you don’t speak the truth.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone back in April of 2018, Johnson said he voted for Barack Obama twice, but chose not to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in 2016. “At the time, I just felt like it was either vote for the [candidate] I thought would make a better president than the other, even though I would rather have someone else, or not vote at all,” Johnson said in the interview. “Ultimately, it was [to not vote].” However, he then added, “The next elections, in 2020, I think I’ll be a little bit more vocal in who I support.”