The nation’s first black billionaire, BET founder Robert Johnson, said Democrats are moving too far to the left and praised President Trump in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, July 9.
According to Fox News, the prominent Democrat entrepreneur said, “The party, in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left.” He asserted that Democratic candidates trying to out-progressive one another is a poor strategy against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
Many Democratic presidential candidates have adopted radical climate change programs, pushed “Medicare for All,” and touted free college education.
Johnson describes himself as a longtime centrist and Democrat.
No Democratic candidate to support
“I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person—he or she—will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that,” Johnson said. “The message of some of the programs that Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people.”
“And for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate [I’m supporting] in the party at this time,” he added.
The 73-year-old entrepreneur founded BET in 1980 with a $150,000 loan and sold it for $3 billion in 2001, according to Forbes.
Giving a lot of credit to Trump
He publicly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
But, for now the BET founder praises Trump’s historic accomplishments, such as creating conditions for the economy to thrive and helping to drop black unemployment to record lows.
“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s particularly reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employment and the opportunities that come with employment,” Johnson said. “African American unemployment is at its lowest level … I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans,” according to CNBC.
The 73-year-old billionaire mentioned the tax cuts that the Trump administration implemented in 2017 and said it was a move in the right direction for stimulating economic growth and revitalizing businesses.
“I think business people have more confidence in the way the economy is going,” Johnson said. “If business people are concerned about anything, it’s the clear, clear partisan politics that’s become very wicked and very mean.”
Johnson said he gave Trump a perfect “A+” on the economy — which is rare high praise from a longtime Democrat in the Trump era.
“I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans,” he said. “I think the tax cuts clearly helped stimulate the economy. I think business people have more confidence in the way the economy is going.”
In response, President Trump tweeted:
Thank you Robert Johnson! pic.twitter.com/kE4W2m9OoM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
Partisan politics are not helping the American people
Johnson expressed concern that there is “really no give or take in terms of trying to come to an understanding of how best to run the country” between President Trump and the Democratic Party.
“If business people are concerned about anything, it’s the clear, clear partisan politics that’s become very wicked and very mean. And that’s not helping the American people, and it’s not helping America as a global nation.”
Asked about Trump’s style of leadership, Johnson remarked that Trump has “got his own style.”
“A lot of people are not going to like that style,” he said, “but when he says he’s going to try to do something economically, you have to give him credit for taking some specific steps to do that.”
“At the end of the day, the American people are looking for someone who can deliver economically and deliver on opportunities,” he said.
Democrats are in the middle of a crisis?
Western Journal commented more:
Johnson is spot-on about what Americans really care about when it comes to choosing candidates. They want a politician who can boost the American economy and one who lets them keep more of their hard-earned money. Trump has delivered on that and more.
With Democratic presidential candidates droning on about issues such as climate change and the LGBT movement, it’s easy to see that the left is losing its grasp on reality—which would be the issues that everyday Americans want from their government.
Trump campaigned around these individuals—the “silent majority” and the “forgotten men and women of America”—and it’s how he came away with more than 300 electoral votes during the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats are in the middle of an identity crisis like no other time in party history. Are they a party of age-old liberalism or are they full-blown socialists? If they can’t figure themselves out soon, Trump is likely to secure another resounding victory in 2020.