The founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) lauded President Donald Trump for the booming U.S. economy and blasted Democrats as going too far left with their policy proposals.
During an interview with CNBC, BET Founder Robert Johnson — a Democrat — applauded the economy under Trump, saying that he gave “the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction” and that the 2017 Republican tax cuts “clearly helped stimulate the economy.”
“I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans,” said Johnson. “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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Johnson went on in the interview to say that he believes the Democratic Party is moving “too far to the left” and that he didn’t have a “particular candidate” that he was supporting in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary “at this time.”
He also said that he thinks that “if a Democrat is going to beat Trump,” the person would need to take a more centrist position as “the message” being sent by “some of the programs the Democrats are pushing” are not shared by the “majority of the American people.”
“The party in my opinion has moved, for me personally, too far to the left. For that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate 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, is going to have to move to the center, and you can’t wait too long to do that. Because the message of some of the programs that Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people.”
Johnson’s comments came as the Democratic primary race saw its first drop-out with California Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) biting the bullet.