The Rock congratulates Biden, says his vote represented daughters
Hollywood megastar, Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has congratulated American President-elect Joe Biden and his Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victories.
In a video posted to his social media pages including Facebook on Monday, the Samoan/American also congratulated American voters for recording the largest ever voter turnout in U.S. history.
“I have three congratulations that are in order right now. Of course the first congratulations goes out to our new President-elect Joe Biden. Congratulations on the presidency and congratulations on being the most voted for presidential candidate in the history of our great country,” he said.
“The second congratulations of course goes to our brand new Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris.
“The very first woman ever to become a Vice President and certainly the first woman of colour to become a Vice President. As a man of colour and as a man who loves and respects women, this is pretty special."
Also paying tribute to voting Americans, Seiuli said the voting record numbers showed how they were united when voting and exercising their democratic rights “was a beautiful thing.”
"But it also tells me that this is the most engaged our country has ever been in the history again of the United States,” he added.
“So for the fact that we can come together and be this engaged and be unified on the day voting, we may of course vote for different people but that's okay we still came out and we voted so that is three big congratulations right at the top of this thing.”
According to Seiuli, he was supposed to shoot a video on Sunday but when the news broke of Mr Biden and Ms Harris’ election victory he got emotional.
“The reason why I got emotional yesterday was because of what I felt my vote represented and was talking to Lauren, my wife, we were talking about our two little baby girls and that's exactly what my vote represented," he said.
"My vote represented my little daughters. My vote represented humanity, my vote represented decency, it represented the values and principles of which we teach our little girls and my vote also for me represented the importance of just being a good decent human being and how important that is."
Seiuli explained that he took some time to celebrate but his celebration is also with acknowledgement that they also have a country that's divided.
"I acknowledge your disappointment and I acknowledge your pain. We have all been there."
He further emphasised the need to fight for the things that one believes in and losing can often not be a good feeling.
“I want you to know that I'm still here and I'm not turning my back on you just because we have a difference of opinion, just because you voted for somebody else.
“No, I'm still right here and I'm still right here for you and we still got this relationship and I am going to make sure that am going to continue to do everything that I possibly could do to make sure that we are all working together as a unified front, unity.”
Seiuli had earlier made a declaration to endorse Mr Biden and Ms Harris as he felt that they were the best ones to lead the country into the future.
He revealed that his decision to endorse the Biden-Harris presidency was met with anger, hate and insults which according to him made him stand taller.
“Because it wasn't enough for me to be on the sidelines and be silent. It certainly wasn't enough for me just to post a picture on Instagram holding a little sticker that says I voted.
Not for me, that wasn’t going to cut. I felt like if I was going to make a real impact in the election, if I was going to help move that needle then I was going to speak from my heart and I was going to be willing to lay it all out on the line.”
“And that's exactly what I did and here we are. Here we are, the road to unity begins now.”