Robert Johnson, the founder of the BET television network, recently said that he does not think the Democrats have found a candidate that can beat Donald Trump in 2020.
Johnson, who is not only America’s first black billionaire, but is also a lifelong Democrat, said that the Democrats face at least two daunting facts: Trump’s economy is roaring along, and the president has a unique ability to dominate the news giving Democrats little chance to gain any traction.
“If you take a snapshot today, I don’t think that group is capable of beating Donald Trump despite what the polls say,” Johnson told CNBC on Friday.
“I do not see anybody in the Democratic primary race today that is enough in the center where I believe most of the voters are, and I particularly think where most of the African American voters are,” Johnson added.
Johnson also noted that he does not intend to vote for Trump even though he finds the Democrat field very weak.
“It means that I’m going to speak my mind, speak in an independent way based on the facts and not try to get caught up in the politics,” the media mogul concluded.
Earlier this year, Johnson slammed the Democrat Party for moving too far to the left.
In another appearance on CNBC, Johnson said that Trump is a different sort of politician, but he may have helped the Democrats to move too far left for the American people.
I met President Trump a number of years ago and he’s got his own style. A lot of people aren’t going to like that style. But, when he says he’s going to try to do something economically, you have to give him credit for making specific steps in doing so… To me, as a life-long Democrat, I think Democrats need to find a message and President Trump needs to step back from some of his showmanship… The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left… And 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, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that.
Johnson also praised Trump’s economy in that appearance, too:
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. African-American unemployment is at its lowest level, Hispanic unemployment and women. 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. We still have some issues on trade negotiations with China, but overall, if you look at the U.S. economy, you got to give the president an A+ for that.
He may not be voting for Trump, but Johnson clearly has his finger on the reasons Trump will probably win a second term.
Follow Warner Todd Huston on facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.Don't forget to Like Godfather Politics on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
Become an insider!
Sign up for the free Godfather Politics email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.