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BET Founder: Democratic Party 'Has Moved Too Far to the Left'

donald trump on left with bet founder robert johnson on right
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By    |   Tuesday, 09 July 2019 02:41 PM

Robert Johnson, the founder of BET and RLJ Companies, said on CNBC Tuesday that the Democratic Party, of which he is a longtime member, “has moved too far to the left.”

Johnson, who said he is a centrist and that he supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, added that partisanship has become “very wicked and very mean,” and said, “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 (I’m supporting) in the party at this time,” he told CNBC anchor Hadley Gamble. “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.”

Although he supported President Donald Trump’s opponent, Johnson said shortly after Trump’s election that Americans should grant him “the benefit of the doubt,” after meeting with him.

“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment … so African-American unemployment is at its lowest level,” Johnson said on Tuesday.

“I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans,” he added. “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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Robert Johnson, the founder of BET and RLJ Companies, said on CNBC Tuesday that the Democratic Party, of which he is a longtime member, “has moved too far to the left.”
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