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The Democratic Party has left middle America behind, and with it, Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson.

Johnson talked about his frustration with Democrats during an interview with CNBC published Tuesday.

“The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson said.

“And for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate in the party at this time,” he said, referring to the scrum of more than 20 candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Johnson said that defeating President Donald Trump will not be accomplished by mobilizing the extreme left at the cost of losing the center.

“I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will going to have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that,” he said.

“The message of some of the programs that Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people.”


The long-time Democrat rejected knee-jerk condemnations of Trump, and said that he gave “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 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.

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.”

Although Johnson was not a fan of Trump’s tough trade policy with China, he said that “overall, if you look at the U.S. economy … you got to give the president an A+ for that.”

Johnson, a supporter of Hillary Clinton in 2016, said that politics in America has become part of America’s problem.

There is “really no give or take in terms of trying to come to an understanding of how best to run the country,” he said, referring to the widening gulf between Trump and Congressional Democrats.

“If business people are concerned about anything, it’s the clear, clear partisan politics that’s become very wicked and very mean. And that’s not helping the American people, and it’s not helping America as a global nation,” he said.

Johnson said that Trump might need to “step back a little bit from some of his showmanship” to get better results.

“A lot of people are not 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 taking some specific steps to do that,” he said.

In the end, he said, a president is judged on what is accomplished.

“At the end of the day, the American people are looking for someone who can deliver economically and deliver on opportunities,” he said.



  1. Kenneth Barr

    July 10, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Mr Johnson you are absolutely correct!! The democrat party has went to far left, and is not for the American citizens!! They outright say and lie anything to try getting people’s votes and are trying run our country into a civil war!! I don’t agree with Everything President Trump says and does, but he has done more for the good of USA than any president I’ve seen or studied in all of my 75 years!! God Bless Mr Trump, and continue guiding & showing him the way to make our country forever best on this planet.

  2. Jimi

    July 10, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Mr.Johnson is an intelligent man who calls them as he sees them. Not like the extreme leftist liberal fools. He’s what I call an old school Democrat.One who sees positive results from an individual (regardless of his or her political affiliation) and gives props to that person.Not the extreme leftists who are trying to destroy our country.

  3. mike dar

    July 10, 2019 at 7:06 am

    The DNC is effectively gone, 2020 elections will herald the Socialist Party Caucus as leading the old DNC. Soros has 80 more like AOC, Omar and Tliab planned for 2020 and AOC wants to be the Speaker for them.

  4. Shari Early

    July 10, 2019 at 7:52 am

    This man started a station to serve the black community so I’m sure he pays attention to how they are being served by Trump’s administration. When he praises what the president is doing people should listen to him.

  5. Earnie Bailey

    July 10, 2019 at 8:04 am

    With age comes wisdom. We all understand that the Democrats are headed to socialism. It is also know that socialism is a very unstable style government. Support the government you want but remember, nothing in life is free. Someone has to pay for those “free” programs.
    Then we have the number one supporter of the Democrats, Mr. Soros. His money continues to cause problems that our borders. Democrats get his money to support HIS agenda. I would consider him public enemy #1.
    So Mr. Johnson has, over the past few years, matured mentally enough to support our president. Leaving the Democratic Party to support growth in America businesses shows intelligence.

  6. laura

    July 10, 2019 at 8:31 am

    I find many interesting articles here. But I can’t figure out how to play the video. Please clue me in?

  7. Nick Byrne

    July 10, 2019 at 10:01 am

    A sane Democrat. What a surprise!!

  8. Polly

    July 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Glad he speaks truth

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