Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Robert Johnson told an MSNBC host that the 2020 election is Pres. Trump’s to lose.
Johnson also advised Democrats in the race and thinking about joining their nomination race. He told them that they would need to rethink their strategy moving forward.
Johnson: “I think the president has always been in a position where it’s his to lose, based on his bringing a sort of disruptive force into what would be called political norms. I don’t care whether it’s his way he conducts foreign policy, the way he takes on the government agencies and what they do with immigration. He brings his style.”
Johnson didn’t just talk Trump; he also put the Dems on the table and blasted them for attacking the president on style rather than substance.
Johnson: “Now, a lot of people, particularly those who voted for him and those who will vote for him again in the next election, like that style. I think what the Democrats have to do is to be careful not to get caught up in stylistic Trump and more on substantive Trump.”
Johnson reminded the MSNBC viewers that when the media goes after the president, it solidifies Trump’s base.
Johnson: “His ability to dominate the news cycle and get the narrative going about what he said has, to me, sort of a double effect on the Democrats. One, they get all agitated about what he said, and then they go beyond just him. They extend it to his voters, and the voters say “wait a minute. I voted for this guy. I like what he’s doing. You know, why are you picking on me, saying ‘I’m not smart enough;’ ‘I’m sort of a cult?’”
Johnson is known for calling out Barack Obama in 2013 when black unemployment was between 14-15 percent. He said, “This country would never tolerate white unemployment at 14 and 15 percent. No one would ever stay in office at 14 or 15 percent unemployment in this nation, but we’ve had that double unemployment for over 50 years.”
In reality, black unemployment had peaked at 19.3 percent in Mar. 2010, two years after Obama had been elected.
Johnson added that the challenge was to figure out why the black unemployment rate was so high, by also giving this stern warning “if that doesn’t change, somebody’s going to have to pay – 34 million African-Americans are not going to leave the country, millions of African-Americans who don’t have jobs.”
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