Founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first black billionaire has said he will no longer support the radical Democratic party.
The longtime Democrat spoke in an interview on CNBC, saying that the party has become too liberal to defeat Trump in 2020 and that major changes are necessary.
“The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson said, adding that he will not be supporting a particular candidate at this time.
Johnson then pointed out the current disconnect between Democrats and the American people, saying that the only way for a Democrat to recapture the White House is for them to move more towards 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 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.”
While the lifelong Democrat did support Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trumps proven results as President have helped to convert him. He praised Trump for his impressive impact on the economy, and the strides he has made in helping black Americans.
“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s particularly reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment,” Johnson said. “African-American unemployment is at its lowest level… 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 business people have more confidence in the way the economy is going,” he continued. “If business people are concerned about anything, it’s the clear, clear partisan politics that’s become very wicked and very mean.”
The BET co-founder’s statements echo a recent op-ed by former SF Mayor Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle, in which he said that the current 2020 candidates have no shot against President Trump.
“The first Democratic debates proved one thing: We still don’t have a candidate who can beat Donald Trump,” Brown wrote. “California Sen. Kamala Harris got all the attention for playing prosecutor in chief, but her case against former Vice President Joe Biden boiled down in some ways to a ringing call for forced school busing. It won’t be too hard for Trump to knock that one out of the park in 2020.”
“Biden did himself zero favors by telling Harris that he opposed only busing that was ordered by the federal government,” Brown continued. “It was a weird endorsement of states’ rights and local jurisdictions’ right to segregate schools. That’s the best argument he could marshal against busing little kids miles across town?”
Johnson’s statements are in line with how many Americans and other longtime Democrats feel. They’re experiencing a party that these days is looking more socialist than ever, which is not necessarily what the once Democratic supporters believe in.
Trump has resonated with the working class due to the fact that his policies have given Americans real results.