BET Founder Robert Johnson Praises President Trump For Accomplishments
Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Robert Johnson publicly praised President Trump for the lowest rates of unemployment and other accomplishments. Johnson, a longtime Democrat, stated that the Democratic Party is too liberal to defeat President Trump unless the party makes some major changes. “The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson said.
President Trump tweeted a segment of the interview with CNBC’s Hadley Gamble.
Thank you Robert Johnson! pic.twitter.com/kE4W2m9OoM— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
The BET founder and first African-American billionaire gave his support to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, but Johnson publicly praised some of President Trump’s latest accomplishments.
”I think the economy is doing great, and it’s particularly reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment.” Johnson explained, “African-American unemployment is at its lowest level, Hispanic unemployment, women. I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans.”
Johnson, the founder and chairman of RLJ Companies, stated on Squawk Box, “To me, I never thought Donald Trump, and I still don’t believe it today, was a racist. I don’t believe that he’s anti-African-American. For too long, the African-American community has been ignored by the Republicans because they thought we were always locked with the Democrats.” Johnson added, “Trump is not in either camp. Certainly not an establishment Republican [and] he’s not a Democrat, he was open. And he’s a business guy. And business guys tend to look at where’s the opportunity for a benefit.”
When Johnson was asked about President Trump’s leadership style, he commented that the president has “got his own style,” but that maybe Trump could “step back a little bit from some of his showmanship.”
The BET founder said, “A lot of people are not going to like that style, 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.” He continued, “At the end of the day, the American people are looking for someone who can deliver economically and deliver on opportunities.”
According to the White House, unemployment rates dropped to 3.6 percent, which is the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969. The rates for unemployment for Hispanics is at 4.2 percent—the lowest rate since 1973. April marks the 14th consecutive month of unemployment rate being at or below 4 percent.