BET founder Robert Johson voiced concern about the field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, telling CNBC he doesn’t think any of them can defeat President Donald Trump.
Speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble, Johnson cited low unemployment, wage growth, and consumer confidence to say that Trump has handled the economy well. He also called out what he said is a “tendency in the media” to cover what people say about Trump instead of the facts.
“If I were to say today again, ‘Hey, I think Trump is doing a great job,’ they’d say ‘Oh my god, a black man said this about Trump’ and therefore, ‘What’s wrong with him?’”
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When asked if he thought anyone in the crowded Democratic primary field could beat Trump, Johnson said he doesn’t think any of the candidates could win.
“I don’t think it’s there yet. Nor do I think right now today, if you take a snapshot today, that group is capable of beating Donald Trump — despite what the polls say.”
He added that, even with the recent entrances of Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg, he does not believe any of the candidates are moderate enough to appeal to black voters and energize them to support the Democratic nominee.
“I do not see anybody in the Democratic primary races, today, that is enough in the center where I believe most of the voters are. And I particularly think most of the African American voters are. In terms of, talk about things that bring benefits to that community. I don’t think anybody’s talking about that in a way that’s going to gravitate to their attention and engage them to get out and vote and get actively involved.”
Asked about Bloomberg, who has tried to cast himself as a moderate candidate, Johnson said he will run into trouble with his implementation of controversial Stop-and-Frisk policy while he was mayor of New York City when trying to win over minority voters.
Johnson, who is a lifelong Democrat, said he won’t vote for Trump in the election but he will continue to speak his mind about the president’s job performance.