Liberating Elder – When you think about how much hatred there is for Donald Trump in the media and the way the media tries to sell the idea that black Americans hate the man, you would think the founder of Black Entertainment Television would be the poster boy for Trump bashing. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Today Robert Johnson, the African-America founder of BET, was interviewed by CNBC about this thoughts on the business climate in the United States:
“When you look at that [January report], you have to say something is going right,” said Johnson, a Democrat and founder and chairman of The RLJ Cos.
“You have to take encouragement from what’s happening in the labor force and the job market,” Johnson told “Squawk Box.” “When you look at African-American unemployment, … you’ve never had African-American unemployment this low and the spread between African-Americans and whites narrowing.”
Johnson said that means the jobs market is “soliciting employees who have been out of the labor force, some of it based on discrimination, some of it based on changes in education, access and technology changes.”
Additionally, the business environment in the U.S. is also good, Johnson said. “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, he said.
Believe it or not, BET’s founder has been one of the most outspoken proponents of President Trump and his efforts to Make America Great Again.
Back in November 2016 Johnson told CNBC “To me, I never thought Donald Trump, and I still don’t believe it today, was a racist. I don’t believe that he’s anti-African-American,”