Action star Danny Trejo, who served time during the ‘60s before venturing into Hollywood is now being considered for Harris' soon-to-be vacant Senate seat
Vice President-elect Senator Kamala Harris is set to leave her Senate seat before taking the oath of office on January 20.
According to state law, California places the responsibility to fill the vacant seat on the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom until the next statewide senate election. The governor is carefully considering his options as to who should be Harris’ successor.
Many are suggesting Danny Trejo, the iconic 76-year-old action star, to take Harris' vacant seat. Trejo has been in and out of jail during the ‘60s. As a youth, he kept getting in trouble with the law. While serving in San Quentin, the home of infamous inmates, Trejo learned boxing, got sober, and turned his life around. Ever since, the star has used his fame to discuss and promote his political activism.
Columnist Gustavo Arellano first proposed Trejo to be on the short list of candidates for the Senate seat. He wrote, “Everyone whom I talked to quickly smiled, thought about it for a bit — then smiled some more. He’s the epitome of someone who pulled themselves up from their proverbial bootstraps and showed anything is possible if you just grind.”
According to IndieWire, Trejo was grateful to be considered, but ultimately unwilling to get into politics. “I would rather be serving on the frontlines. We have a lot of work here to settle.”
“I’ve been asked a couple of times to run for councilman and stuff like that. I honestly believe that politicians have to be ‘A’ students in government. We’ve had so much problem in the United States by voting for celebrities. Look where we’re at right now! I’d rather be on the frontlines serving the police, serving the special needs, feeding the homeless, feeding the protestors, and kicking the looters in the ass. [laughs]”
Trejo is a registered Democrat. He is glad Joe Biden won the election. “I can’t wait! I can’t wait to see the National Guard go and take him [Trump] out of the White House.”