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BET Founder, R. Johnson Flips The Narrative: ‘I know what Trump will do’

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Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, was once a big dollar Democrat donor, a life long Democrat, but now prefers President Donald J. Trump’s economic plans, including Trump’s focus on cutting business regulations that prevent small businesses from being successful.

“I do not see anybody in the Democratic primary race today that is enough in the center where I believe most of the voters are, and particularly where most African Americans are,” Johnson told CNBC in 2019.

BET founder Robert Johnson told CNBC on Wednesday he’s viewing the election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden through the lens of being a businessman.

“Where I come out as a businessman, I will take the devil I know over the devil I don’t know any time of the week,” Johnson said on “Squawk Box.”

“If you take a snapshot today, I don’t think that group is capable of beating Donald Trump, despite what the polls say,” Johnson told CNBC in an interview.

“I think the president has always been in a position where it’s his to lose.”

“I know what President Trump has done and what he’s said he will do. I don’t know what Vice President Biden has said he will do other than masks, listen to the scientists,” the 74-year-old Johnson said. He suggested the coronavirus response should weigh the tradeoffs of “pandemic safety” versus “economy growth.”

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