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Does Acknowledging the Obvious Make One a Trump Supporter?

Does Acknowledging the Obvious Make One a Trump Supporter?
President Donald Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on April 22, 2018. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Acknowledging when an opponent did something laudable was formerly the mark of an individual with intellectual honesty. Being able to see both the pluses and the minuses of someone who does not share your philosophy is also a mark of maturity and generosity.

That time is far behind us. Now that the left has made everything political, doing anything but excoriating your opponent makes one a collaborator. When race is added to the equation what was formerly a volatile mix becomes nitroglycerin-like in its instability.

That’s why what Robert Johnson said recently is accurate, generous, and courageous.

Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television. Launched in 1980, BET has grown to be the first black-owned broadcasting company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He’s also the nation’s first black billionaire. In spite of the boost his career received from capitalism, Johnson supports the political left.

Now according to a CNBC report, Johnson has become a member of a very exclusive club. According to my calculations, he joins Diamond & Silk as being one of the very few black entertainers to say something positive about President Trump.

He told CNBC, “You have to take encouragement from what's happening in the labor force and the job market. When you look at African-American unemployment...you've never had African-American unemployment this low and the spread between African-Americans and whites is narrowing.”

The January U.S. Labor Dept. report Johnson references has black unemployment at 6.9 percent. That is the lowest the figure has been since the Labor Dept. began collecting the data in the early 1970’s. Johnson remarked, “When you look at that [January report], you have to say something is going right.”

Then Johnson stepped out on the ledge. He added that Trump’s policies were creating a better business environment and in his view, “the economy is on a strong growth path.”

What’s more, Johnson is optimistic about the future, “I believe if you take into account the Trump tax cut, you take into account the drop in unemployment ... and you take into account that interest rates are fairly stable … the economy is going to grow.”

Acknowledging when the political opposition did something correct, while reserving the right to criticize when they were wrong was formerly very common in Washington and New York. Nowadays, the custom is to criticize unmercifully when the opposition makes a mistake and ignore anything that can be construed as constructive.

Johnson is evidently steering his own course and I think he should be complimented for it. He’s not declaring himself a closet Trump supporter. Johnson is just saying he’s not afraid to give credit where credit is due.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Acknowledging when an opponent did something laudable was formerly the mark of an individual with intellectual honesty. Being able to see both the pluses and the minuses of someone who does not share your philosophy is also a mark of maturity and generosity.
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