BET Co-Founder: Another Trump Term Good For Black Americans
Media mogul and entrepreneur, Robert Johnson, said recently that Black Americans will benefit from a Trump reelection as initial election results showed the incumbent Republican president gaining more ground among African-Americans, particularly among black men.
The first African-American billionaire noted that President Trump’s focus on the economy and job creation would strongly work in favor of the Black community.
“I’m not fearful that a Trump reelection is gonna be an assault on the political, cultural, social rights of black Americans,” Johnson, who is also the founder of the cable network BET and RLJ Companies Business Network told CNBC.
“It didn’t show up in the past four years in terms of economic opportunity, and so, [to me], I don’t see what the black community has gotten over the past eight years of Democratic leadership,” he added.
Johnson also cited the achievements of President Trump for the black community — historic unemployment rate for black Americans in over 50 years; and investments in black businesses and black communities through the Opportunity Zones.
Dems give Black Americans ‘minimal return’ for votes
The entertainment magnate went on to say that Democrats deliver very little results for the Black community despite the group continuously voting for them in every election cycle as he lamented how a Biden presidency may also not bode well for his fellow African-Americans.
“I think Black Americans are getting a little bit tired of delivering huge votes for the Democrats, and seeing minimal return in terms of economic wealth and closing the wealth gap, the job creation and job opportunities,” Johnson said. <
He went on to say that Biden was “not an inspiring candidate for many Black Americans” — and many of them opt to “stay at home” while others “voted for Trump.”
“Black people do not embrace Biden as he never articulated a policy that went directly to the concerns of Black Americans,” Johnson said.
“I don’t think Biden has that leadership quotient that’s going to allow him to do what is critical to bring the economy back, due to the trade-off between restoring the economy and fighting the pandemic.”
Johnson has been a vocal critic of the Democratic Party in this election cycle. In July, he spoke against the growing progressiveness among Democrats, which he said has become the face of the Liberal Party.
“The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson said then. “For that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate (I’m supporting) in the party at this time.
Johnson, who admits to being a long-time centrist and sometimes Democrat, said he voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections, but is now praising Trump’s economic policies.
“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. The tax cuts clearly helped stimulate the economy. I think business people have more confidence in the way the economy is going,” he added.
In June, Johnson sought to put up a separate black independent party, citing Biden’s now-infamous “you ain’t black” comment.
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