Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson, a 2016 Hillary Clinton supporter, told CNBC he believes that the Democratic party has moved “too far to the left,” and Johnson praised President Trump’s handling of the economy to particularly benefit African-Americans.
BET is one of the most influential media networks within the African-American community, which Republicans have traditionally struggled with.
“The [Democratic] party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson told CNBC. “And for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate (I’m supporting) in the party at this time,” he said. “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.”
The businessman praised President 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,” Johnson 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. 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 November 2016, immediately after President Trump’s victory, CNBC also previously reported “Democratic media mogul Bob Johnson told CNBC on Monday that fellow African-Americans should give Donald Trump ‘the benefit of the doubt,’ and hope common ground can be reached with the incoming Republican administration about issues facing the black community.
The BET founder — who met with Trump on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. — described the sit-down as a ‘great chat’ about ‘business solutions to social problems.’”