Bob Johnson, the founder of BET believes Black people should give Donald Trump a chance after meeting with the president-elect this past weekend.
via NY Daily News:
“Trump is a business guy, and I think he’s going to tilt towards finding the way to use fiscal policy … to move the economy forward,” Johnson said on CNBC.
“Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt; see if we can find common ground,” he contended. “I think that’s the best interest of African-Americans,” he contended.
Johnson, 70, is a Democrat and supported Hillary Clinton during the election. But the RLJ Companies founder said he came away from his conversation with Trump — which took place at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. — feeling confident common ground could be met, adding that he doesn’t look at the Republican Party as an enemy or a friend.
“Black Americans should have no permanent friends, and no permanent enemies, just permanent interests,” he said, referring to a quote from Congressional Black Caucus founding member Rep. Bill Clay Sr.
The media mogul said Trump wanted to meet with him to discuss how he can better reach out to the black community as he nears the beginning of his term in the Oval Office, which Johnson described as a positive sign.
During their meeting, Johnson also spoke to soon-to-be commander in chief about his campaign, in which he often asked African-Americans what they had to lose in voting for him.
“The real question you should be asking is what do African-Americans have to gain from your presidency,” he said he told Trump.
Johnson also insisted that, despite their positive discussion, there’s no chance he takes on an administrative job under Trump.