BET Founder Robert Johnson Praises Trump’s Economic Policies, Says Democrats Have Gone ‘Too Far Left’
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Robert Johnson, BET Network Founder and the country’s first Black billionaire, had a few choice things to say about U.S. politics on Tuesday, expressing that the partisanship has become “very wicked and very mean.”

In an interview with CNBC, Johnson expressed particular disappointment in the Democratic Party, which he said “for me personally has moved too far to the left. ”

“For that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate [I’m supporting] in the party at this time,” the media mogul added. “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.”

As CNBC notes, Johnson describes himself as a centrist Democrat. He publicly supported Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

That being said, the media mogul doesn’t think Donald Trump is all that bad, especially when it comes the economy.

“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employment 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.”


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