(NationalSentinel) Robert Johnson, the country’s first black billionaire and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), is heaping praise on POTUS Donald Trump for his handling of the U.S. economy and whose policies are helping to reach minority communities in ways that previous administrations — including the first African-American president — never did.
In an interview with CNBC‘s Hadley Gamble, Johnson, a self-described Democrat centrist, said his party as moved entirely too far to the Left to be viable politically.
“The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson said this week.
“And for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate (I’m supporting) in the party at this time. 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,” he added.
Johnson went onto praise the president’s economic policies, noting in particular that minorities and past neglected communities are definitely doing better under his administration.
“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment … so African-American unemployment is at its lowest level,” he said.
“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 added. “I think the tax cuts clearly helped stimulate the economy. I think business people have more confidence in the way the economy is going.”
“Overall, if you look at the U.S. economy … you got to give the president an A+ for that.”
Black unemployment nationally stood at 6 percent in June, according to the Labor Department, or 0.1 percent higher than its lowest point, which was reached during POTUS Trump’s second year in office.
Democrats have refused to acknowledge this accomplishment, however, though the Donkey Party has been promising minorities higher employment and better incomes for decades, without delivering. Also, giving Trump credit for improving the lives of minorities undercuts their 2020 election strategy of branding him a “racist.’
As for Johnson, he joined the president in December “for a ceremony involving the signing of an executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council,” PJ Media reported.
In his CNBC interview, the BET founder also said that bitter political partisanship was hurting the country.
“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,” he told CNBC.
While he advised POTUS to “step back a little bit from some of his showmanship,” he did insist that the president deserves credit for the economy, which will bolster his chances for reelection next year.
“At the end of the day, the American people are looking for someone who can deliver economically and deliver on opportunities,” he said.
- By Jon Dougherty, The National Sentinel
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