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Donald Trump’s election to be the 45th President of the United States shattered a lot of people’s hopes and dreams, but got a lot more people inspired to run for office. In fact, it included people who share a lot of celebrity spotlight with Donald Trump. Of course, Donald Trump is not the first celebrity to run for office, but he’s certainly the most prominent celebrity to make it into office with no other previous experience in politics. Let’s take a look at seven celebrities who might just try and follow in his footsteps.
1) Kid Rock
Kid Rock got rumors rolling about a potential Senate run to challenge Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow with some tweets and a highly suggestive website, but nothing has been confirmed quite yet. The election wouldn’t be until next November, but Kid Rock would have to file to run soon. While he hasn’t confirmed or denied anything, he did come out swinging against his would-be opponent, saying “I’ll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice of tax paying, hardworking Americans and letting politicians like her know we the people are sick and tired of their bulls*t.”
2) Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner made waves back during her transition when she came out as a Republican. She ssaid it was harder than coming out as transgender. Since then, she’s been an active sometimes supporter, sometimes critic of President Trump. She is now mulling a political run of her own, saying “Over the next six months or so I gotta find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talking to anybody, or are you better off from the inside?”
3) Oprah Winfrey
People have been joking about talk-show host, actress, magazine publisher, and all around strong woman Oprah Winfrey running for office for years. Those screams got a little louder when Donald Trump was elected. She recently said that she’d always brushed off the idea of running for president because of her lack of experience. Now, she is seriously reconsidering the issue. “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.” While she likely won’t run for the White House, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her on a ticket someday.
4) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
WWE Wrestler turned Hollywood Hunk, and Disney star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may have his eyes on the White House. He jokingly told GQ Magazine that he’d considering throwing his hat into the race in 2020. It seems that some supporters took it upon themselves to give him a hand. The campaign committee “Run the Rock 2020” filed with the Federal Elections Committee back in July. While the group is not officially linked to the Rock himself, they are no doubt inspired by his past comments, and hopeful for the future.
5) Ben Higgins
You may now Ben Higgins as the former Bachelor, but he may one day be a local legislator – if ABC stops getting in his way. He was in the running for the House District 4 seat in Colorado. Higgins ultimately dropped out of the race for “unforeseen circumstances.” The Colorado GOP Chairman had a little more insight into this though. He stated, “Disney and ABC’s decision to reportedly threaten Ben Higgins’ future with the network and even his wedding if he did not drop out of the (House District) 4 race is downright despicable.” Higgins was running as a Republican. There is no word on if he plans to run again now that his engagement to Lauren Bushnell is off.
6) Antonio Sabato Jr
Donald Trump’s election got lots of people thinking about political office, including Antonio Sabato Jr, an actor known for “Melrose Place,” “General Hospital” and “Dancing with the Stars.” He is now running for Congress in California. Sabato is challenging incumbent Democratic representative, Julia Brownley. He is running as a Republican. Brownley has been in office since 2013, but from 2002 to 2012, the seat was held by Republicans.