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Johnson, who hosted the May 20 episode, used his monologue to address all of the recent speculation and (jokingly) confirm he’ll indeed be running.
“I just want to say once and for all, I’m in. Starting tonight, I’m running for the President of the United States,” the actor said to loud cheers, before clarifying that he’d need a good running mate in order to pull it off. Alec Baldwin then joined Johnson onstage and attempted to coax Johnson into choosing him, until the host announced that Oscar winner Tom Hanks would be his pick.
“Dwayne, I could not possibly turn this down,” Hanks, making a surprise cameo, told Johnson. “The truth is, America really needs us. I have been in two movies where a plane crashes, and people are still excited to see me on their flight.”
Johnson, taking a dig at President Donald Trump, explained, “In the past, I never would have considered running for president. I didn’t think I was qualified at all. But now, I’m actually worried that I’m too qualified.”
Hanks noted that together, the pair would secure all of the votes — Hanks would get support from seniors (“I fought in World War II in, like, 10 different movies”), while Johnson would naturally get all of the minority votes (“Everyone just assumes I’m, well, whatever they are.”)
The two then clarified that they were joking about running, and that the bid wasn’t anything serious. Johnson added, “When it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise. Americans deserve strong capable leaders. Leaders who care about this country and care about its people.”
“Dwayne, that kind of sounds like you and me … I guess we got to do it,” Hanks told Johnson, now realizing that they would be the perfect running mates. A banner with the words “Johnson Hanks 2020” then dropped from the roof of the stage as confetti solidified their 2020 run.
Johnson recently told GQ that he had political aspirations and saw running for office as a “real possibility.” He admitted that both Trump and Hillary Clinton had sought his endorsement during the 2016 race.
On The Tonight Show on Thursday, Johnson expanded on that possibility while telling host Jimmy Fallon, “A lot of people want to see a different leadership today — I’m sorry, not a different, but a better leadership today.”
Johnson (now a member of SNL‘s Five-Timers Club) hosted the sketch show’s season finale with musical guest Katy Perry.
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